Starbucks Fires Employee Who Put 'PIG' Label On Cop's Order

Starbucks has fired the employee who used an offensive label on a cop's order.

by Holly Matkin & Christopher Berg

Glenpool, OK – A Starbucks barista has now been fired after she labeled a uniformed Kiefer police officer’s five-drink order with the word “PIG” on Thanksgiving Day.

One day after initially suspending the employee, Starbucks released a new statement about the incident.

"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 statement read. "This language is offensive to all law enforcement and is not representative of the deep appreciation we have for police officers who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe."

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 later that 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 Thursday 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 Thursday, 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."

The company announced the termination of the employee, and said that they could be hosting a Coffee with a Cop event to discuss "the critical role dispatchers and police offers play in keeping our communities safe."

Comments (46)
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ikaika
ikaika

About damn time. This should have happened immediately!

jakki taylor
jakki taylor

I did not find the chief's response unacceptable to law enforcement. Starbucks and other fast food companies need to have a clear policy that tampering or disrespect to first responders is grounds for immediate termination.

GregoryThomas
GregoryThomas

“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?’”

This.

redpill
redpill

Go to Race Track. Go to WaWa. Go to 7-11. Go to a Kwik-Trip. Any of those places where you pour your won coffee, and never have to guess if they messed with it.

walkintall
walkintall

Too little, too late for apologies. This sort of nonsense happens far too often. And it's one of the reasons I brown-bag it and bring a thermos of home-made brew. The other reason, of course, is that Starbucks is ridiculously expensive. And I don't agree with their politics in general. And they haven't closed up shop nationwide for a day of training about not being jack-wagons. And I don't like the term "barista". And Venti isn't a size. If you know what I mean. and I think you do..........

Blueblood16
Blueblood16

Sick coward!!
To bad police can't keep a database of all the pathetic cowards who do things like this and refuse service. Then when they call police for help the police can refuse. You know they would be the 1st one bitching it took them to long to respond.

Scootertrash
Scootertrash

Many years ago, when I lived in TorC, NM, a girl working at the Sonic bragged to one of her co-workers that she spit on a hamburger that a cop had ordered. (While reading this article I wondered if that happened in this case too.) The order had just gone out the door and the co-worker went out and told the cop what happened before he ate it. The cop went inside and told the manager what had transpired. The girl was fired on the spot. After an investigation the girl was arrested for 'assault on a police officer'.

Aramovich
Aramovich

They should have kept her but required her to do 20 hours volunteer work at the police station or ride with officers. That would have done a lot more good than firing her. Cops are good people but many civilians never get to see that side of them.

71-13
71-13

Dutch Brothers makes great coffee. So does Human Bean. Better yet, Black Rifle coffee slam dunks all three. Buy BR and brew it at the station.

61mouse
61mouse

Humm let me guess a very over weight black chick ....

Scattered
Scattered

Disgustingly sick behavior. There isnt enough money in the world for me to want to be a LEO. God Bless them all and keep them safe!

bryantrent
bryantrent

Starbucks did the right thing by fireing here

RPG156
RPG156

This employee obviously felt empowered by his/her generation, fellow workers and local management to make this insulting slur with believed impunity. It happens with regularity, encouraged by the left and the media's slanted version of the truth.

NomonK
NomonK

Why do Cops, EMTS, any civil servant and all the Conservatives continue to be a laughingstock of Starbucks? Their Coffee is to expensive for the working class. It's for those that love LIBERAL SOCIALIST COMMUNIST DEMOCRATS. HELL THEY EVEN SUPPORT THAT ASPECT OF LIFE. STOP SHOPPING THERE.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Maybe it was one of those Starbucks that gives discounts to law enforcement officers, and the employee was mad about that.

maekg40
maekg40

I will continue to go to DD. I like their coffee better anyway

Haponte
Haponte

As a former NYPD we always said not to order anything you can't see prepared for you because you never know .

Wish505
Wish505

They had no choice, the flames were hot on this issue as they should be. Enough of the BS is enough.

pixiepup
pixiepup

Right to fire her!

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

As a lot, cops are the salt of the earth, with some being a little salty than others and some you want to be nowhere near.

I’ve worked with policemen for nearly 40 years and have Leo’s in my family. I always counted it a privilege to ride along with them, hear their stories, and enjoy the free training and advice.

I wouldn’t trade those years and experiences for the world.

fedupveteran
fedupveteran

I do blame the corporation because they fostering an attitude of liberalism and hatred for everything that is right with America. They support everything that is wrong with America and they are damn proud of it. Never will I darken their door.

HonorYourHeroes
HonorYourHeroes

Good thing I hate Coffee.

Janken
Janken

These kind of people are deranged and never ever work in the food business. Police officers beware of your food there are idiots out there. If I was a business who was serving or cooking for all people i would investigate every last person. I would have cameras on the cooks and servers at all times. How these people think they know life they dont. Parents and teachers have to learn to raise kids with respect. Oh yes there are teachers out there who are just as bad as the disrespectful parents. Kids wont change unless they are taught manners

AlAmedak
AlAmedak

What are they going to do about the employee who answered the phone call?

"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.’”