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A manager of the Oklahoma Starbucks where a cop received an order labeled “Pig” says she was wrongfully fired because the coffee chain was “looking for someone to take the blame,” according to a report.

Lola Price, who worked at the Glenpool location, said she wasn’t the one who wrote the insult on five coffees ordered by a local officer on Thanksgiving, news station KTUL reported.

“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,” she told the outlet.

Price said that she tried to make the situation right with the officer before he left the store.

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

But later, another officer, Kiefer Chief of Police Johnny O’Mara, wrote on Facebook about his colleague’s coffee run.

“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 said in the post.

His post went viral and prompted Starbucks to fire the employee who printed the labels — and also drew a response from a woman claiming to be O’Mara’s daughter, who said he “absolutely” is a pig.

“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 in a statement.

The statement, however, doesn’t make any mention of Price’s termination.

She said she received a call Thursday evening from her supervisors informing her that she was being fired.

“They, to make it seem like they were right on top of everything, which they are … they terminated me from my position with no cause,” Price told KTUL.

The coffee chain didn’t respond to a request for comment, the report said.

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38 Comments
  • SCOT says:

    She Look’s like a Pig Herself…Serious !!!

  • LST says:

    She has as many rolls as my local Publix bakery does, and almost as many chins as a Chinese phone book, what a fat ass “pig.”

  • Joe says:

    She kind of resembles Rosie O’Donnell.

  • Patriot1951 says:

    This is why I’ll never darken the doors of Starbucks.

  • At-will employment is a term used in U.S. labor law for contractual relationships in which an employee can be dismissed by an employer for any reason (that is, without having to establish “just cause” for termination), and without warning, as long as the reason is not illegal (e.g. firing because of the employee’s race or religion).
    Because Oklahoma is designated as an at-will employment state, in most circumstances employers are permitted to terminate workers at any time, for any reason and without prior notice required. In spite of its status as an at-will employment state, there are some restrictions to at-will laws that Oklahoma employers are required to follow. And bring up the transgender thing is just ridiculous since this is the first time it was thrown out there and Starbucks is known not to fire anyone for anything dealing with sexual orientation. The reason you were fired is that you evidentially had no control over your employees. They can give all the “joke: excuses they want but in the end you, as manager, are responsible for everything that goes on in that establishment – including insulting the police officers that you expect to protect you. And then blaming the police chief, who was rightfully upset that you insulted his officers, is also not a good move. Insulting customers is not the way you keep your job. Learn from your experience, grow up and move on. No one owes you anything.

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