Police officer working Thanksgiving given Starbucks cup with ‘PIG’ written on it, chief says


UPDATE WKRG: A Starbucks Spokesperson sent this statement to News 5.

This is absolutely unacceptable, and we are deeply sorry to the law enforcement officer who experienced this. We have also apologized directly to him and connected with the Chief of the Kiefer Police Department as well to express our remorse.

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.

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.

Starbucks Statement

ORIGINAL STORY: TULSA, Okla. (CNN) – A quick coffee trip has left an Oklahoma police chief with a bad taste in his mouth.

The Kiefer police chief says an officer stopped by a Starbucks on Thanksgiving to grab five cups of coffee for his dispatchers working the holiday.

When the officer picked up the cups, he found the word “PIG” printed on one. That prompted him to call Kiefer Police Chief Jim O’Mara.

“That’s really gut-wrenching,” O’Mara said. “Especially knowing these cups were going to dispatchers. These people are there waiting for 911 calls to come in.”

According to KTUL, Chief O’Mara called the store and spoke to the manager. He says the manager offered to reprint the cups if the officer brought them back.

Instead, the chief posted a photo of the cup on social media. That post has now taken off and gone viral.

“It’s not an Earth-shattering event but it’s one more symptom of a society that’s becoming contemptuous,” Chief O’Mara said.

“What I’d like to say is if you need us, we’re here. Every time. We’ll be there for you,” he added.


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