- The incident happened in a Starbucks in Glenpool, OK (credit: Wikimedia)

Starbucks barista fired after labelling police officer's cup 'pig'

She said it was meant to be a joke between her and a co-worker

1y ago

There has been yet another controversy for Starbucks after a police officer got a coffee cup with ‘pig’ on the label. The coffee company has fired the barista as a result.

The police officer - who didn’t want to share his name - was working on Thanksgiving last Thursday when he went into a Starbucks in Glenpool, Oklahoma. He wanted to grab some drinks for the emergency dispatchers who were working the holiday shift with him.

When he picked up his order, he saw that the word ‘PIG’ had been printed on the cups’ labels.

Police chief Johnny O’Mara wrote a Facebook post (which has now been deleted). He wrote: “What irks me is the absolute and total disrespect for a police officer who, instead of being home with family and enjoying a meal and a football game, is patrolling his little town.”

The officer reportedly received a call from the barista, who apologized and said it was meant to be a joke between her and a co-worker.

Starbucks released a statement which read: “This is absolutely unacceptable, and we are deeply sorry to the law enforcement officer who experienced this. We have also apologized directly to him and connected with the Chief of the Kiefer Police Department as well to express our remorse. The Starbucks partner who wrote this offensive word on a cup used poor judgement and is no longer a partner after this violation of company policy.”

But O’Mara has called for Starbucks to reconsider firing the staff member. He told Fox News: “We are hoping that we can take this moment where a mistake was made and turn it into something that highlights the ability to be civil with one another, that’s something that’s missing in a lot of society right now is the ability to just be civil.”

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Comments (8)

  • I like the strong stance taken. Police officers do put their life on the line for us all and are braver than most of us care to imagine. People of this opinion tend to have fallen foul and have a chip on their shoulder about it, so the judgement speaks volumes, just in quite the opposite way.

    I also massively appreciate the call to reconsider the firing and the reminder that people make mistakes. This may have been a very poorly judged joke, who knows. Big of the police Officer to ask for this

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    • Pretty good take on this IMO. The only thing I'd say is that there are definitely an unwelcome minority of cops out there that are incompetent, jacked up, or otherwise unworthy of the power they've been given. Seems to me like this cop is not...

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    • Oh absolutely, as with any profession, there will be those who let power go to their head. But as with every situation, that can’t be extrapolated up to an entire population

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  • Well they certainly don’t deserve this nickname but it’s a common occurrence around the world. So... take it on the chin and live with it boys and girls. Just saying... Don’t shoot the messenger 😂

      1 year ago
  • Bad coffee and poor service. If I drink this it's only a last resort and I'm not buying.

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  • The penalty for pointing out police at donut shops seems to have risen since I was a kid....

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  • It's good to see good old fashioned American hospitality and courtesies shining through, which is a reflection of the true American warmth and generosity of spirit.

    I sometimes wonder how many of lifes uncomfortable moments could be avoided with just a little bit of common sense and thrift.

    I reckon, I could make a NASA technology freeze dried instant coffee at home for 5 cents.

    NASA is a 1950s invention.

    Although, I can also make a cup of tea at home for about 4 cents, so I choose the latter.

    And so with the buying power of a company, surely, any coffee retailer ought to be able to sell a reasonably priced coffee, or tea, at a small profit,

    and provide the occasional donations of "thankyou " batch of refreshments , for anyone in need.

    I'm trying to remember what P.J. O'Rourke, economics researcher, and satirist , said about Starbucks.


    P.J. says that good humour is used to reveal moral insights.

    The use of humour, is perhaps at best, self deprecating, and if truth be told, perhaps reveals underlying stresses, here and there.

    I hope that Americans and all people continue to have calm moments, common courtesies, warm hospitality , quiet thankyou, and the odd " silent breath of thanks " .

    America at heart is a place of common senses and thrift.

    Hence, Walmart, Target, Costco, Home Depot, medium sized Fords, mass production, and White Castle.

    And the 1950s.

    Relax and breathe.


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