Coffee Shop Tells Cops To Leave For 'Physical And Emotional Safety'

A new coffee shop in Oakland refused to serve a police officer who went in to introduce himself and get a cup of coffee.

Oakland, CA – An Oakland police officer who went into a new business on his beat to buy a cup of coffee on Feb. 16 was told that the recently-opened coffee shop will not serve cops.

The owners of Hasta Muerte Coffee, a worker-owner collective whose name means “Until Death Coffee,” posted the letter they received on Instagram and explained that the new business in the Fruitvale district has “a policy of asking police to leave for the physical and emotional safety of our customers and ourselves.”

A mural on the outside of the café features scenes that decry police shootings and brutality, and the militarization of law enforcement, KTVU reported.

“This past weekend, I received a telephone call from an Oakland Police Sergeant, who advised that when he presented himself at your establishment to introduce himself as the district Sergeant and buy a cup of coffee, he was refused service,” Oakland Police Officers Association President Barry Donelon wrote in a letter to the business on Feb. 20.

“I have never heard of Police Officers being refused service by an Oakland business. Therefore, I write to you to clarify your business policy on serving, or indeed not serving, Oakland Police Officers,” Donelon wrote.

Oakland City Councilmember Noel Gallo, who represents the district where Hasta Muerte Coffee is located, went to talk with the management when he heard about the policy.

"My understanding is they're not going to serve police officers," Gallo told KTVU.

"I don't agree with that, 100 percent," he said. "I think we need to work together, not against each other."

While some cop haters supported the coffee shop’s online declaration of their discrimination against police officers, quite a few pointed out the hypocrisy of their declaration.

“So what happens if your coffee shop gets robbed?! Who do you call to catch the bad guy? This is great you publicly posted this. It’s shareable. Allows patrons to decide to either promote and support your business/ or tell all their friends to not support your business and share. You’d be amazed how many people do and don’t support the police. Lol,” whyohwhy_1 wrote on their Instagram post.

Quite a few expressed concern about their own safety in the café with police having been banned.

“Personally I'd feel far LESS safe at a business that refused services to cops. Seems like you're afraid they'll find something you don't want them to see. You are getting crap reviews for a bigoted policy,” angelajean04 posted.

@whodisb 9-11 what’s your emergency ‘ this is Hasta La Muerte coffee shop, we’ve been robbed’ I’m sorry we don’t service that establishment.... have a good day,” antonio0918 posted on the picture that had only received 122 likes when this article was published.

But it appears that the management of Hasta Muerte Coffee has an extreme opinion on law enforcement that isn’t going to change. They responded to criticism on Instagram by attacking police wives, and anybody who might want to grow up and be a police officer.

“F**k the POLICE!!!!!!! F**k you too if you justify their actions or wanna regurgitate their justifications. F**k you too if you married to them or plan on working for them. POLICE ARE RACIST F**KING MURDERERS! There isn't such thing as a good cop, if they continue to let the bad ones keep MURDERING our people! JAIL ALL KILLER COPS!” they posted on their Instagram page.

KTVU reported that many of its neighbors don’t agree with Hasta Muerte Coffee’s policy either.

"I don't know what they got against them," Roberto Lopez said.

A resident named “T” told KTVU he doesn’t understand the coffee shop’s policy and thought it was “cold-blooded.”

Oakland resident Mildred Jelks pointed out the hypocrisy of the wanna-be social justice warriors running the business.

"I don't think it's fair - they should [serve police]," Oaks told KTVU. "They're protecting them. If somebody breaks in there, who are they gonna call? The police."

The coffee shop took to social media to complain about the fact their actions were being blasted on review sites like Yelp in the wake of their refusal to serve their police district’s sergeant.

“Since then, cop supporters are trying to publicly shame us online with low reviews because this particular police visitor was Latino. He broadcasted to his network that he was ‘refused service’ at a local business and now the rumblings are spreading,” the business complained on its Instagram post.

Hasta Muerte Coffee’s social media page is decidedly anti-cop, and the four most recent posts on the page supported protests in San Francisco’s Mission District this week. Protesters were outraged that police fatally shot an undocumented immigrant who was shooting at police on Tuesday night (video in link.)

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bronx163
bronx163

Then enforce the law to the letter in and around that coffee shop. Dona safety check point.
Summons j walkers
Summons establishment for buisness law violations.
Zero tolerence no discretion.
Hammer the shit out of that area.

Betts1221
Betts1221

Next time this cesspool coffee joint calls the police needing help tell them to call their local gang bangers . I hope these people lose their business......prejudiced bastards. I would never do business with any place who refuses to serve police officers.

jakesj40
jakesj40

So why doesn't the ACLU sue them for discrimination? Since when can a business discriminate against a person because of their job? Christian bakeries were forced to bake cakes for gay couples.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Considering their views on police, if I were a police officer in that district I would never go there, you never know what kind of additives they would put in that cup of coffee.

Heezels
Heezels

That's a fantastic idea. I'm not being sarcastic either. Give them the best police service that Oakland can provide. Make crime in that neighborhood almost non-existent. Then they'll look like the paranoid, delusional freaks that their twitter posts suggest they are.

bronx163
bronx163

Destroy them with summonses.

LEO0301
LEO0301

What a surprise, another story out of my least favorite state in the union - California. I still don't get why anyone would want to live in that shithole.

AloeAndApache
AloeAndApache

I'm sure no one could have seen this comingggggg

mistydcollins
mistydcollins

weird- I called 4 times and the phone # isn't in service! lol!

Trump
Trump

The officer acted “without malice” and in “good faith.” - is the biggest Lie ever.

Condor3631
Condor3631

When they call 911 for help just tell them sorry ur on ur own! We don’t send officers there for their, “PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL SAFETY!!!”

Heezels
Heezels

Eh so is, “we refused him service for our physical and emotional safety.”

RunCop
RunCop

The coppers should give some cash to several nasty, stinky homeless dudes to go in there and sit all day...Analfornian scumbags!

CowGurlUP
CowGurlUP

California just needs to fall off the map!!!!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 because the weather is nice and it's diverse, for a couple reasons. You probably don't have either one in East Jesus, Kentucky or wherever you live.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@mistydcollins because it's a tech forward city. Why are you trying to call them?

BlueLifeParent
BlueLifeParent

They won't be open long, unless they enjoy operating while losing money. That kind of thinking is the vast minority. They'll be out of business very soon.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn actually I live on the coast, a five minute walk to the beach. California has four seasons - earthquake, floods, drought, and fire. You also have the worst homeless situation in the country and without a doubt the worst governor in Jerry Brown. Not to mention people are leaving your state as fast as they can pack their bags.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301
You asked why would anyone live here, and I told you. I'm not homeless and the governor's decisions largely don't affect me day to day.

I answered your question. I'm here for the good weather and diversity.

BDDD
BDDD

I'm old enough to remember when the Philadelphia police used a helicopter to drop a bomb on the Hq rowhouse of MOVE, a radical subversive cult of criminals. Methinks maybe the denizens of this criminal coffee stronghold need to be shown video of that incident, to warn them....

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@BDDD
Shut the fuck up, clown. Some of the energy you're wasting to spout your autistic alt-right diatribe should be used on trying to shave your neckbeard and make less Pepe memes.

Barefoot
Barefoot

The coffee shop needs to understand this action makes them look BAD... as in, "stupid and EVIL." WHY don't they want LEOs there? do they have a brothel in back with illegals being held captive? do they sell coffee with a side order of heroin? "special brownies" with meth frosting? SMH

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Barefoot
No, because this is in Fruitvale, an area known for notoriously inept cops.

LEO0301
LEO0301

My reply to you came after this comment "@LEO0301 because the weather is nice and it's diverse, for a couple reasons. You probably don't have either one in East Jesus, Kentucky or wherever you live" My reply was not in a question form, was it? (PS - that's a question) I commented about your God forsaken state but I never asked a question, Cheech.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301
You said you didn't understand something. While not a question, that statement expects a response. If you were being rhetorical, show it better next time.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I remember hearing similar comments from the anti-police crowd where I live. Those same people are still working while I retired in my early 50"s and now collect a nice six figure pension. Say what you want while I live very nicely thanks to tax payers like yourself.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I suppose those that are defensive about the shithole they live in would want to respond to my comment.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301
Well we would be paying each other, right? Because you helped pay for both my bachelor's and Master's through the GI Bill, and now Im a business owner who takes his wife on trips to Japan. Thank you!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301
And the shithole I live in is called Ladera Heights, aka Black Beverly Hills. Thanks some more for allowing me to use my VA home loan for great housing rates.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I'm sure the home you live in looks a lot like the Beverly Hillbilly's. Still telling all of us about your superior education and military background I see. Can't help yourself, can you?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 A McMansion? Not at all. A 3 BR house is more than enough for us. We'd rather spend money on experiences.

and didn't you just let everyone know about a 6 figure pension, and earlier that you live a 5 minute walk from the beach? can't help yourself, can you?

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

There is one coffee shop that will be robbed on a regular basis> Gun Free = easy target

LEO0301
LEO0301

If I'm not mistaken, that's the first time I mentioned anything related to my finances. You, on the other hand, continually brag about your education and military background.