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The Starbucks employee who gave an Oklahoma police officer cups of coffee with the word “PIG” printed on the label has been fired, the company said in a statement Friday.

The Kiefer police officer went to the Starbucks in Glenpool on Thanksgiving day to pick up five drinks, CNN affiliate KTUL reported. Kiefer Chief Johnny O’Mara told the news station a customer pointed out the label on the cups to the officer.

“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,” O’Mara wrote in a Facebook post, where he shared a picture of a cup with the “PIG” label on it.

The coffee company called the incident “absolutely unacceptable” and said it is “deeply sorry to the law enforcement officer who experienced this.”

“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 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.”

In a joint statement, Starbucks and Kiefer police said they’re using the incident “as an opportunity to leverage our shared platforms to promote greater civility.”

The company will meet with Kiefer police to discuss ways to work together, including by jointly hosting a Coffee with a Cop event at Starbucks for local law enforcement to meet with baristas and community members to discuss “the critical role dispatchers and police offers play in keeping our communities safe,” the joint statement said.

Last year, Starbucks closed stores and had employees undergo anti-bias training after the arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia location.

The coffee chain’s executives met with Arizona officers earlier this year after six officers were asked to leave a store because a customer felt unsafe.

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36 Comments
  • Michigander says:

    Don’t like Starbucks coffee in the first place and will not go.

  • Ellen says:

    Good. That’s the LEAST Starbucks could do. Now let’s also see the full name, any aliases and a couple of mug shots of the ex-employee, so future employers will be forewarned.

  • Carl says:

    Good he deserved to get fired.

  • Sandra Cloud says:

    What is really a puzzle in my mind is how employees of any establishment “think” the momentary “thrill” they get when they take such stupid steps to “take it to the man” is worth it. Their employer is going to get a complaint and he/she will have to be fired as almost all companies have policies about such actions. Do they not need their job? Don’t they know they cannot collect unemployment when being fired for just cause? Don’t they know they are going to need recommendation from previous employer when applying for their next job? Good luck with that pajama boys and girls. Maybe your parents will let you live with them until you qualify for a care home.

  • LST says:

    Starfucks sucks.

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