Starbucks is Accused of Discrimination of…

Do police officers have to maintain a certain level of fear to be effective in their jobs?

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Starbucks is leaving some people with a bitter aftertaste as the company is being accused of discriminating against police in a Starbucks in Tempe Arizona.

In early July, six police officers ordered their coffee in Starbucks and while they waited, they were asked to leave, as their presence was causing fear to another customer. The officers complied, but the backlash caused a stir on twitter, by people creating a hashtag called, #boycottstarbucks.

The issue may come forth as police brutality has taken the limelight, as many people feel that the police socially profile individuals, but the accusation is coming from the way the police force is training their officers, by focusing on presenting an intimidating atmosphere, and maintaining  a certain level of fear when interacting with citizens. Some people argue that this is a wrong approach, while others see it as a way of effectively protecting the public.

The instance has caused Starbucks to receive backlash not only from twitter, but also the officers who stated, “This treatment of public safety workers could not be more disheartening. While the barista was polite, making such a request at all was offensive.” The offense relies on the fact that the six officers were customers in their right, the only difference is that they were in their uniform.

Following the discontent, Starbucks issued a public apology, calling the instance “completely unacceptable.” And the chain’s executive vice president Rossann Williams went further, “On behalf of Starbucks, I want to sincerely apologize to you all for the experience that six of your officers had in our store on July 4. What occurred in our store on July 4 is never the experience your officers or any customer should have, and at Starbucks, we are already taking the necessary steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again in the future.”

Last year, Starbucks had another hot tea instance, when the store was faced with a lawsuit and was forced to close down 8,000 stores nationwide due to racial profiling claims of two black men in Philadelphia.

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Do police officers have to maintain a certain level of fear to be effective in their jobs?

24% Y- not ur buddy
76% N- respect
21% Y- not ur buddy
79% N- respect
33% Y- not ur buddy
67% N- respect

Y- not ur buddy

N- respect

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