Fired Starbucks Manager Said She Wasn't The One Who Made 'PIG' Cup Labels

Glenpool Starbucks manager Lola Price said she had nothing to do with the offensive labels.

Glenpool, OK – The Kiefer police chief has urged Starbucks to rehire the employee who was fired for allegedly labeling a uniformed Kiefer police officer’s five-drink order with the word “PIG” on Thanksgiving Day.

“We start civility by forgiving minor indiscretions and using those moments to help people better themselves," Kiefer Police Chief Johnny O’Mara told KJRH. “It's my belief that a young person's mistake in judgment was made and she paid the price for that violation.”

Chief O’Mara said he already spoken with Starbucks officials and “requested the young employee who was terminated be offered a position of employment,” KTUL reported.

The incident started when an on-duty officer wanted to “do something nice” for the dispatchers who were working with him over the holiday, so he stopped by the Glenpool Starbucks “to get the dispatchers a coffee as a thank you for all they do,” Kiefer Police Chief Johnny O’Mara said in a Facebook post on Thanksgiving afternoon.

But when the lone officer received his order, he realized that one of the employees had printed the word “PIG” on each of the five cup labels.

Chief O’Mara posted a photo of one of the cups onto social media.

“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 chief wrote.

“This cup of coffee for a ‘pig’ is just another little flag. It’s another tiny symptom and a nearly indiscernible shout from a contemptuous, roaring and riotous segment of a misanthropic society that vilifies those who stand for what’s right and glorifies the very people who would usher in the destruction of the social fabric,” Chief O’Mara said. “It’s another tiny pinprick into the heart of men and women who are asking themselves more often: ‘Why am I doing this?’”

“Just pour the coffee please,” the chief railed. “Are we at a point where a task as simple as pouring an exceptionally overpriced cup of coffee is so complicated that it cannot be accomplished without ‘expressing oneself?’”

Chief O’Mara said that when he contacted the Glenpool Starbucks about the offensive labels, an employee told him “they’d be happy to ‘replace the coffee with a correct label.’”

“The proverb ‘Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me’ came to mind,” he wrote in the post.

Chief O’Mara thanked all of the first responders who were working over the Thanksgiving holiday and offered some words of advice.

“If you’re looking for coffee use a place where you pour your own and you’re certain of what’s in it,” he wrote. “Stay safe; go home.”

Starbucks commented on the chief’s post on Thanksgiving night, calling the incident “totally unacceptable and offensive to all law enforcement.”

“We are deeply sorry and have apologized directly to the officer who experienced this,” the company wrote, adding that they would also like to apologize to the entire department directly.

“We have launched an internal investigation into this matter,” Starbucks added.

Chief O’Mara responded to the company on the same thread, and said he did not blame the corporation for the mistreatment his officer endured.

“You’re a corporation trying to sell a product,” he wrote. “I’m certain you don’t condone this kind of juvenile activity. The employee made an unfortunate decision which, in turn, negatively effects your company’s image.”

The employee who created the labels contacted the officer to apologize on the day of the incident, Chief O’Mara told KOTV.

She claimed that printing the word “PIG” on the officer’s order labels was intended to be a joke between her and one of her coworkers, according to the news outlet.

Starbucks said they were initially suspending the employee while they conducted an investigation into the incident.

“The barista has been suspended pending the outcome of our investigation into this matter,” a company spokesperson told KOTV. “This language is offensive to all law enforcement and is not representative of the deep appreciation we have for police officers who work to keep our communities safe."

Glenpool Starbuck’s manager Lola Price said she received a call from one of her supervisors later the same night.

"I was terminated from my position because Starbucks was looking for someone to take the blame for this and to save some face from their company," Price told KTUL. “[I’m] just still kind of in shock about it all.”

Price said she wasn’t the one who printed the offensive labels, and blamed the incident on one of the baristas who was working that day.

“They, to make it seem like they were right on top of everything, which they are, but they terminated me from my position with no cause," she told KTUL. "No sort of disciplinary action that I've ever received or any of that. I have no idea why they would terminate me from my position.”

Price, who held her managerial position for nine months, said she tried to fix the situation as soon as she learned about what occurred.

“He laughed it off, said it was cool, I handed him his blueberry muffin, and I went back off the floor to continue doing my shift manager duties,” she said of her interaction with the officer.

On Friday, Starbucks announced it had fired the employee responsible for creating the labels, but it was unclear whether the company was referring to Price or another employee.

"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,” the company said, according to KTUL.

Chief O’Mara said that his department and Starbucks representatives have met to explore options to bring people together, to include the company hosting a Coffee with a Cop event, KJRH reported.

“I believe Starbucks could take this as a learning opportunity and serve as a mentor to its young employees and impose upon them the importance of an employer’s rules and regulations and the importance of customer service,” the chief said.

Comments (75)
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Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

I resolve, for the next year or longer, every time there is an LEO, a firefighter, an active duty or military veteran standing in line with me at check out anywhere, to thank them for their service and ask them to please allow me to pay for their purchase.

Thank you.

flybynight
flybynight

Looks like the winner of the Rosie O'Donnell look-alike contest. 🤔

Dh2020
Dh2020

Maybe Starbucks should close for a day and all employees attend a training class... who am I kidding...

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

"Chief O’Mara said that when he contacted the Glenpool Starbucks about the offensive labels, an employee told him “they’d be happy to ‘replace the coffee with a correct label.’”"

That right there is why the manager (piglet she looks like) was fired. They will hire a manager who will lead them in the right direction and most likely fire the ones who did post the labels. Chief should not ask Starbucks to rehire the employee. Leopards don't change their spots and there is no telling how she might exact revenge on future cop orders.

Kathy3882
Kathy3882

The BEST way to STOP THIS CRAP.....STOP BUYING THEIR DAMNED EXPENSIVE, NASTY COFFEE!!!

Balkanbobby
Balkanbobby

Shame, how can any uniformed officer trust any product they receive at a restaurant these days. I'm retired so I get sometimes you just gotta grab something quick, but at least make it a place you know you can trust!

bryantrent
bryantrent

Yeah right

Anomie88
Anomie88

The manager is squealing like a pig and blaming another employee. Guess what sunshine, you were the supervisor during the time of the incident and are responsible for your employees' actions. That's how the world works. If anyone thinks this was an isolated incident or that the general attitude of the employees in that starbucks (and all starbucks for that matter) is anything but hatred towards LE and socialist demagoguery is deluding their self.

186
186

Times have changed. Calling Cops "PIGS' Started back in the 60's. Instead of getting upset over the term, we adopted as our mascot. I still have a T shirt that says PIG Pride , Intelligence, Guts. When that happened we took the power away from the haters and turned it into humor

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

@Jim H. - Virginia US Thank you for this Sir. I’ve been doing this exact thing for nearly 20 years and the last few years have been especially good to me. With my associations in law enforcement and my brothers and sisters in the military, I couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of them as I am today.

I wish you much success and thank you again for your efforts.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Her response that she offered the officer a blueberry muffin instead of confronting the employee responsible for printing the word "pig" on his cup tells be she has no business being in management.

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

Chief O’Mara’s response was brilliant.

“Just pour the coffee please,” the chief railed. “Are we at a point where a task as simple as pouring an exceptionally overpriced cup of coffee is so complicated that it cannot be accomplished without ‘expressing oneself?’”

My mom often said, “Keep your opinion to yourself. No one cares what you think.” She’s about to role over in her grave.

Presumably out of laziness or lack of guts, parents no longer teach their children that they aren’t that important and that even though their family loves them and may enjoy hearing “little Johnny’s” opinion, no one else gives a damn about them or their opinions.

We now have this generation of self important saviors of the world who can’t accomplish anything with their lives but believe they can change society. The little European girl who spouts out that the world is about to end from climate disaster to these cop hating brats, we’ve failed to prepare a generation for life, real life.

KTCSon-shine
KTCSon-shine

Starbucks is a safe space place for whiny pj wearing snowflakes; workers and ( many) patrons alike. There is a unified mentality for many that buy their crap overpriced coffee. How many times have we heard incidences like this? It’s either an anti LEO, Christian, Christmas, American, or anyone they deem offensive. They’ve verbally attacked those who come in wearing a red MAGA cap...oh, the horror! I would not trust any place like this to NOT do something to my drink or food.

Stone Age 117
Stone Age 117

So the Manager gets fired because of her shift doing is junk? What about the culprit??
I have boycotted Starbucks as have many if my friends. No one is doing anything about the racism that the CEO has said, that she hates white people. There have been too many issues with employees from Starbucks doing this type of crap to LEO and then the CEO comments!!!!!! Should be a sign to everyone:

BOYCOTT STARBUCKS NOW !!!!!!!!!

Njaz
Njaz

Just pour the coffee please,” the chief railed. “Are we at a point where a task as simple as pouring an exceptionally overpriced cup of coffee is so complicated that it cannot be accomplished without ‘expressing oneself?’”

Well put ! If everyone made an indentation by the seat of their pants - there would be no comfortable seating for anyone. Let alone the disrespect for those who put their lives on the line daily?? Bless the officer for his thoughtfulness ♥️

NomonK
NomonK

As a DAV on a fixed income I can't pledge to buy to pay it forward but I have had Officers EMT Firemen and military folks walk back to me after I got their attention to receive Smiles, Hardy Handshakes and a few hugs after I just simply thanked them for working to keep ME safe. A honest thank you goes along way. My favorite story to LEO's is. You guys are pulling pretty much the same duty I did in Nam. YOU DON'T KNOW WHO'S GOOD OR BAD". God bless and be safe.

CrybabyDemoLibTard
CrybabyDemoLibTard

Ok, let’s turn the table. This chief does not want this manager, who should be held accountable for her subordinates behavior and policy violation(s), fired. Yet, I’d all but guarantee he would fire his officer and sergeant for doing the same thing. Yes, I know, we live at a higher standard, but you know he would. Hugs and kisses for all. Ooppss, hugs only, no kisses. That would be sexist!!

CinHadad
CinHadad

At the very least Starbucks needs to change their system & stop putting names on cups.

Budman2082
Budman2082

She looks like the last person who should be calling anyone “pig”

Musicray
Musicray

McDonald’s coffee is SO much better.. and they hire seniors who have respect for law enforcement... Starbucks coffee AKA battery acid is the worst..

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

🤣🤣🤣 Oink, oink,oink, 🤣🤣🤣🤣 SHE IS Definately a PIG!. 🤣🤣🤣 .is that a bowling ball with a face painted on ? 🤣🤣. On construction job sites , if i screw up a job that i am entrusted with , i can be Fired. AND , if my screw up is really , really stupid..the One in charge of me can also be fired. Maybe ms. piggy can apply at a weight loss clinic. 😉

Ande
Ande

Duncan donuts, cop shop, gas station and my own all take priority. I'll go without and have if SB is my only option.

MJTECH
MJTECH

If I worked at that Starbucks I would have written on the cup liner, in capitol letters "PIG." underneath I would I would have written in bold letters "Pride Integrity Guts," and wished them a Happy Thanksgiving and paid for the order out of my pocket.

61mouse
61mouse

But she definitely looks like someone who would wear a VAGINA HAT

61mouse
61mouse

Any videos ?

Try2bCivil
Try2bCivil

This story should not have made the news. It should have been resolved locally at the store.

MSK
MSK

I thought it was A picture of Rosie O’Donnell.