Editor note: Video can be found below.
INDIANAPOLIS – Some people are just twisted, including those who joke about or promote the idea that it is okay to put toxic substances in the drinks of police officers, Karens of the world or anyone else who they disagree with.
In a video that went viral on Tik Tok, someone who users report is a transgender boy user named Van Greyson Hart explained how to make a Blue Lives Matter drink with ingredients such as bleach and “a little blood of innocent black men.”
The caption on the video says:
“All I want for Christmas is more dead cops.”
In the background of the TikTok, a song titled “All I Want for Christmas is a Few Dead Cops” is heard.
“Hi guys, I updated my recipe for the Blue Lives Matter drinks.”
“First we’re gonna start with bleach,” says the person, pouring well over a cup of bleach in. “All the way to the third line.”
“Then we’re gonna add ice because, you know, cops love ice,” the person continued.
At that point, there’s another concoction going in a blender. In it is blue coloring that Starbucks uses for special drinks.
“We add more bleach, a little blood of innocent black men,” continues the person. “And then we add this special blue ingredient that Starbucks has,” the person goes on. “We do have it and yes, we are holding out on you.”
A Tik Tok video posted by @7brooms shows the same person making another purportedly toxic drink for a “Karen” that contains bleach and broken glass. After the person is done making it, they say:
“And there you have it. The All Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, White Is a Color Too Frappuccino.”
Analyzing both videos, viewers can see the person’s right hand has identical dots, which may be tattooed on.
There were several social media accounts that contained the @7brooms name. A request to view Lemon Heart’s private Instagram account was not granted.
Just a short time ago, Target responded:
“This video is appalling and unacceptable,” a spokesperson for Target said in a statement. “We don’t tolerate this behavior at Target, we want all guests to be treated with respect and are terminating the team member who is responsible.”
They said this wouldn’t be a regular happening.
“We also have rigorous food safety procedures in place, which this team member egregiously violated with this behavior. We’re deeply sorry for this disturbing video, which TikTok has removed based on the platform’s guidelines.”
Target sure has been having to cover their butts in regards to police-bashing employees.
— Stacy Kitts (@Skitts01) August 31, 2020
Earlier this month, they faced a fire storm in New Britain CT:
NEW BRITAIN, CT- I guess we need to add Target to the list of woke, anti-cop businesses. At least the Target in New Britain, Connecticut.
Apparently, the manager of that store is buying into the Black Lives Matter and Democrat party narrative that all cops are evil bastards. And frankly, we are getting tired of it.
The mayor of New Britain, Erin Stewart said that police in that city were at the store in the middle of an annual back-to-school supply drive when they were told to leave the store because, as she said, the manager said “he doesn’t support the police.” Unbelievable.
So our @newbritainpd was trying to do their annual back to school supply drive and the @Target manager told them to leave because he doesn’t support the police. Anyone want to make a donation? #newbritain #comeonman #itsforthekids 😠
— Mayor Erin Stewart (@erinstewartct) August 11, 2020
Stewart tweeted the accusation on Tuesday, and also asked, “Anyone want to make a donation?”
This is absolutely disgusting.
Police throughout our country constantly hold various fundraisers and are a huge fundraiser for Special Olympics through the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run, Tip-a-Cop fundraising, Polar Plunges and all manner of fundraising.
Yet here, you have the police trying to run a drive to buy school supplies for less fortunate children and a virtue signaling jackwad store manager tells them to leave. You cannot make this up.
Last week, the New Britain Police Department announced that they wanted to stuff a few of their police cruisers with school supplies to help city children and families prior to the new school year’s commencement, WFSB-TV in Hartford reported.
The New Britain fire chief, Raul Ortiz pitched in to answer Stewart’s call for support, tweeting, “I’ll donate. That is unbelievable. Isn’t community policing and involvement what we want more of? Our NBPD has been exceptional in that aspect.”
According to Stewart, Target’s regional manager “made a personal $500 donation for supplies and apologized for what happened,” Stewart said just minutes after her first tweet.
Later, Stewart posted a follow-up tweet, advising that Target was going to let “PD go back this weekend for collection drive and has placed a donation bin in the store.”
In response the next day, Target responded on Twitter in which they made a half-hearted apology but fell short of saying whether or not the store manager had been reprimanded for his short-sighted and discriminatory decision. They claimed that it was an “issue of miscommunication.”
“We have a long history of supporting the New Britain community, and we’re sorry for the misunderstanding. We’ve talked with police, and they’re returning to our store this weekend for their back-to-school drive. In addition, Target’s donating school supplies to support the efforts.”
We have a long history of supporting the New Britain community and we’re sorry for the misunderstanding. We’ve talked with police and they’re returning to our store this weekend for their back-to-school drive. In addition, Target’s donating school supplies to support the efforts.
— AskTarget (@AskTarget) August 12, 2020
On Wednesday, New Britain spokesman Edward Ford told WFSB “the past 24 hours we’ve seen a tremendous amount of support from the community for the police department’s back to school drive.”
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The decision by Target’s manager is nothing new for police. Over the years, various businesses have refused to serve police, with some restaurant employees even refusing to acknowledge officers when they come in to order a meal. Others have tampered with officer’s food, including last week when an employee of Dunkin’ Donuts spit in an officer’s coffee.
Since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, anti-police sentiment has ramped up.
WTIC-TV in Hartford reported that Timothy Conway had started the fundraiser seven years ago in partnership with the police department. He said when he showed up at the store last Saturday with two officers, they were asked to leave.
“I told him I was here last year, and he didn’t agree or believe me, and he told us to leave,” Conway told the outlet. “Officers were looking like, ‘You really want us to leave?’ And he said yes.”
A volunteer who was with Conaway, Jovanka Segura, told WTIC that the manager was rude, however didn’t remember any anti-police reasons behind his asking them to leave.
“I didn’t specifically hear anything like that,” she told WTIC. “I just know that the manager was resisting trying to have us set up.”
Conaway told the station that he was hoping the rescheduled back-to-school supply drive would be successful. “We don’t know what’s going to happen with school, how many days are going to be gone, but everybody is in need right now.
The drive has been rescheduled for Saturday and Sunday, August 15 and 16 at the New Britain Target, WTIC added. The school supplies will be distributed at a local barbershop on West Main St. in New Britain.
As mentioned, police departments historically are active in giving back to the community, including communities of color, despite propaganda to the contrary by groups such as Black Lives Matter and certain members of the Democrat party.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run began in Wichita, Kansas in 1981, and is the largest grass-roots fundraising movement for Special Olympics, according to Wikipedia.
The torch run is participated in by police officers, sheriff’s deputies, correctional officers, support staff and police volunteers.
Nearly 97,000 police professionals in 45 countries participate in the event. Since it’s inception in 1981, the Law Enforcement Torch Run has raised nearly $620 million dollars.
Police across the country also participate in toy drives around Christmas where new, unwrapped toys are collected and then distributed to disadvantaged children.
But we know, cops are evil killers. BLM says so.
Now Starbucks isn’t exactly getting a pass on this one.
Last month, they insisted: “Don’t judge our employees because of the actions of one” (which is exactly what they do to cops):
PARK RIDGE, NJ – Law Enforcement Today posted a story about a Starbucks employee in New Jersey who had been accused of spitting in drinks of police officers. We will repost that story below again.
After our story was published, our team received a message from Starbucks media relations. The text of the comments are found below, but in summary, Starbucks asked us not to judge the entire company based upon the actions of a single employee. The letter read:
Hi Law Enforcement Today team,
I’m reaching out from Starbucks team, as I noticed you ran a story on an incident that happened at one of our stores https://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/new-jersey-starbucks-worker-fired-after-spitting-in-coffee-of-police-officer/.
Your article notes Starbucks has not responded publicly on the matter, but we do have a comment we are sharing on this to condemn this reprehensible act. I appreciate the consideration of updating your story to include.
Here is the response, and it can be attributed to a Starbucks spokesperson.
‘This individuals behavior was reprehensible and not at all a reflection of how our partners (employees) treat our customers on a daily basis. As soon as we learned of what took place, we moved quickly to investigate, and can now confirm this individual is no longer a Starbucks employee.
We have apologized to the Park Ridge Police Department. We want everyone who comes into our stores to receive a positive experience and when that doesn’t occur, we move quickly to address it and hold ourselves accountable.
We will continue to support Park Ridge Police in their investigation and have a deep respect for the Park Ridge Police Department and the officers who help keep our partners and communities safe.’
Please reach out if you have any additional questions. Thank you for your time.
All my best,
First of all, thank you Sara for your reply. On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of police officers nationwide, we appreciate the position of Starbucks that the actions of one employee does not reflect the entire company or the rest of its employees.
With that in mind, we thank you for understanding that the actions of one Minneapolis Police officer, Derek Chauvin, is not a reflection on the other police officers coast to coast, in cities such as Seattle, Portland, Chicago, New York and others.
Because after all, consistency would dictate that what applies to employees of Starbucks should also apply to police officers, correct?
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Let’s rewind just over two years ago, when Starbucks shut all of its corporate owned stores nationwide after two black males were arrested in one of its Philadelphia stores in April 2018.
The two men, who refused to leave the store because they had not purchased anything and were just hanging around, were arrested after the store manager called 911 to file a complaint.
This of course triggered the woke mob and sparked protests, online slamming of the company, as well as calls for clarifications of Starbucks’ policies and additional training for its employees.
The two men who were arrested sued Starbucks and reached a settlement for an undisclosed sum. They also shook down the city of Philadelphia for a paltry sum and the implementation of a public-school program for young entrepreneurs.
On cue of course, the NAACP became involved and blamed the police, in part, for doing their job. Sherrilyn Ifill who is the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund President spoke to NPR:
“Well, I think like many people, it produced that same very familiar sinking feeling and anger, you know, first that the police were called for what was clearly a matter that did not require law enforcement, and then that these men were arrested by the police in that Starbucks.
And, you know, it’s part of a very, very long story about African Americans and public accommodations and how we are treated in public spaces.
And in this—and retail establishments. And I think, unfortunately, that video for many of us was too familiar.”
As reported at the time, the two men were asked to leave at least twice by Starbucks employees, and then again three times by Philadelphia police officers. It was later discovered, after the men had been arrested that Starbucks was declining to pursue charges.
The left-wing mayor, Jim Kenney (D) of course held a bit short of condemning the police officers, however, did not exactly give a ringing endorsement.
“Commissioner Ross and his team have promised a review of their policies moving forward with regards to response to complaints like this.
I believe a thorough review is fully warranted given the unfortunate outcome of this event, particularly at a time when our criminal justice reform efforts are focused on avoiding needless incarcerations.”
So, let this sink in. Starbucks shut 8,000 of its stores because to black men refused repeated requests to leave the store where they were loitering around not purchasing anything, being asked to leave five times.
A Starbucks employee spits in the coffee of police officers, allegedly repeatedly and Law Enforcement Today gets a hollow apology. Where is the anti-police bias training for Starbucks employees? We’ll wait.
Police Chief: Starbucks cups labeled ‘PIG’ sold to officer. Navy SEAL who owns Battle Grounds coffee gives epic response.
(November 19, 2019) KIEFER, Oklahoma – Another day, another attack on police from a Starbucks employee.
The company, which just last year shut down more than 8,000 locations for a day to teach their employees what police brutality looks like, finds itself on the defense again today.
This, after a Kiefer police officer with the Green Country Police Department said he received his drinks with the word “PIG” written on the cups.
Kiefer Police Chief Johnny O’Mara spoke to the local media about it.
According to the chief, one of his officers who was working Thanksgiving went to the Glenpool Starbucks to get coffee for dispatchers who were also having to work the holiday.
He said each of the five cups the officer received had the “pig” label.
“This is what he gets for being nice,” O’Mara said in a Facebook post.
He included a picture of one of the cups.
“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 said.
He said it’s part of a bigger picture.
“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.
It’s another tiny pinprick into the heart of men and women who are asking themselves more often: ‘Why am I doing this?'”
Wondering what the stores response was when O’Mara called them? They said they would replace the coffee with a corrected label.
Later in the day on Thanksgiving, the employee who made the labels called the officer and apologized, saying it was meant to be a joke between her and another co-worker.
“Replace the coffees with the corrected labels? THAT is their apology?” questioned Salvatore DeFranco, former Navy SEAL.
Sal and his wife Dana own Battle Grounds Coffee, a chain based out of Massachusetts.
“This is ridiculous. Your employees insult law enforcement across the country on yet another holiday that they’ve sacrificed time with their families to keep YOUR employees safe – and this is the best you can do?”
Sal and Dana were so upset when they heard what had happened that they took a break from their own Thanksgiving celebrations and drove to one of their locations. That’s where they packed up a special care package to send to the Green County Police Department.
“We might serve our country in different ways, but these are still my brothers. I’ll stand by their side and show them what appreciation looks like.”
According to Chief O’Mara, who didn’t know about the surprise coming their way from Battle Grounds, the problem is with the attitude people have these days.
“It’s on the individual level. There needs to be a little bit more decency in the world. There needs to be a little bit more common sense from people,” O’Mara said.
Just do the right thing, he said.
“Just dealing with – when we’re dealing every day with anybody – a little courtesy goes a long way.”
Kiefer’s police chief said that regardless of rumors, the officer was by himself when the incident took place.
According to a spokesperson with Starbucks Corporate, the employee has suspended. He confirmed that they have launched an investigation.
He said the following:
“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 are working to connect with the police chief as well to express our remorse.
The barista has been suspended pending the outcome of our investigation into this matter. 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.”
Starbucks also made the following comment on Chief O’Mara’s post:
“This is totally unacceptable and offensive to all law enforcement. We are deeply sorry and have apologized directly to the officer who experienced this. We have launched an internal investigation into this matter and our leaders would like to connect with you directly to apologize to you and the entire department.
We invite you to send us a private message so that we may connect you with our leadership.”
Chief O’Mara replied:
“Starbucks, You’re a corporation trying to sell a product. 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. I appreciate you reaching out to my officer and I also appreciate the employee reaching out and apologizing on her own. Our society needs a touch of old fashioned civility restored. Maybe we could use this bad event and convert it into something better.”
Earlier this year, Sal and Dana from Battle Grounds Coffee ended up in the national headlines for what they did to back an Arizona police department.
Officers from that department were kicked out of a Starbucks because the sight of them triggered a customer into a meltdown.
Battle Grounds Coffee, as a response, pledged to donate 50% of profits from online sales in July to the families of fallen officers through Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.). Here’s what happened then:
“We woke up this morning and, well, WOW. We were absolutely BURIED in emails and messages and were completely humbled.”
Those were the words of former Navy SEAL Salvatore DeFranco. He and his wife, Dana, own Battle Grounds Coffee. It’s a chain of coffee shops and an online store that sells some of the best joe we’ve ever had.
Perhaps it’s because it tastes so much like, well, America.
First – the back story.
Salvatore and Dana DeFranco were getting ready to open the doors of Battle Grounds coffee in Massachusetts on that Saturday in July when they heard the latest news out of a Starbucks in Arizona. They were beyond angry.
Lest you missed it – here’s what happened.
Police enjoying a cup of coffee were kicked out of a Starbucks coffee shop in Tempe, Arizona on the Fourth of July.
Why? Because a customer complained they “did not feel safe” with the cops present, according to reports.
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The five officers were sipping coffee at the Starbucks before their shift started. That’s when a barista asked them to move out of the complaining customer’s line of sight or else leave.
Sal is a former Navy SEAL. He and his wife, Dana, run a couple of Battle Grounds coffee locations in Massachusetts. They have a strong online presence and are finalizing plans to open a half dozen more locations in the near future. They were outraged over the news.
“These are men and women who serve and protect our communities every single day. For someone to say they didn’t feel safe around them is ludicrous,” said Sal.
Dana, who oversees the daily operations at Battle Grounds Coffee, said the core problem was how the store handled it.
“You’re going to kick out five protectors because you have one person who can’t handle reality? Shame on that store. If that happened in our business, not a single one of those officers would have had a bill… and we would have kicked out the complainer,” said Dana.
Sal pointed out the hypocrisy of Starbucks.
“In 2018, two black men who weren’t paying customers were arrested for trespassing after they refused to leave a Starbucks. Starbucks turned around and closed some 8,000 locations for a business day to conduct ‘racial bias training’. When does Starbucks plan on closing for a day to train their employees to respect law enforcement and our veterans?”
Dana expanded upon the value system of their company.
“Up until now, we espoused total inclusivity. We would always welcome ANY paying customer, regardless of their race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion or profession,” said Dana. “But this story made us rethink that. From here on out, there’s personality type we do NOT want coming into our store – jerks.”
Dana and Sal were so upset over the news that they decided to do something about it. For the entire month of July, they’re donating 50% of profits from ALL of their online sales to Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), an organization that supports the families of fallen officers.
“These men and women put on a uniform every single day and go into the community to protect us,” Dana said. “We’re losing far too many of them. Those are men and women losing their spouses… kids losing their parents… parents losing their kids. We owe them a debt of gratitude. And while some ‘coffee chains’ might not respect that, at Battle Grounds Coffee, we do.”
The news went absolutely viral, with emails along with Facebook and Instagram messages flooding in. So did the orders. And all of those orders mean money that will end up helping some incredible people.
Here are some of our favorite messages they received:
Joe D. sent this message:
I just wanted to say I appreciate your respect towards law enforcement and wanted to say thank you for your service . I’ve been a Chicago Police Officer for 20 years. The shit that’s going on in his country is making me sick. I read your article about how your donating 50% of proceeds in July to Cops . You are a true Patriot and a Hero in my book. God Bless you and good luck with your coffee business. Open one up in Chicago! Do you ship to Chicago just wondering? Stay Safe and MAGA !🏻🇺🇸🏻
An officer who was particularly touched by the move by Battle Grounds sent this message:
I want to thank you for speaking out and backing my brothers and sisters in blue. I have been a law enforcement officer for the past 16 years and I love it. Over the past 6 years though, it has been very tough. I’ve lost four brothers in blue in the line of duty. Two of my brothers I was close friends with. I read where you are donating 50% of your upcoming sales to the families of the fallen. I thank you sir for doing that. Thank you for your service to this great country.
Tom from Maryland said:
First thank you sir for your service to our country. Second, my thanks to you and your wife for your support for the families of deceased law enforcement officers. I’m retired law enforcement (33 years) in Maryland, and I’ve seen the change in society’s view of the police. It’s been very ugly, but folks such as you make the job worth it. Thank you for all you have done for our country and the blue.
Juan sent in this message on Instagram:
Thank you, thank you for standing up for my brothers and sisters, this means so much to us and just shows that together, we can do and help anyone. I have been a C.O.P.S. volunteer for over 15 years after losing 3 friends in the line of duty. It has not been easy, but with support like this, we can help so many… you are awesome and God bless you.
Kevin wrote in through Instagram as well:
I wish we had one of your shops here in Texas. I am going to check my finances and if able, am going to go out and buy a handful of Dunkin Donuts gift cards and hand them out in front of a local Starbucks.
They (either directly, or through a complete lack of training and “hands on” with their employees) have done too many crappy things to people in the name of “social justice” and I am DONE with them.
Dana said the show of support just reinforces their “why”.
We wanted Battle Grounds to not just be a coffee shop, but to be a home. It’s a home for EVERYONE, no matter what they do for work or who they are as an individual. But we owe a debt of gratitude to those who keep us safe so that we can create this incredible community.
Sadly, across the country, there are many people who don’t appreciate that sense of security and safety. People who are angered at the sight of people who put on a uniform to keep them safe. Individuals who feel as if they are entitled to a “safe space” but believe it will be protected by… their own feelings.
Sal said it’s time Americans toughen up.
“When I was a Navy SEAL, we learned about brotherhood. We learned about service. We learned about dedication. We learned about TOUGHNESS,” said Sal. “Men before us… and men and women today… run into the fight to protect those who can’t protect themselves. And you’re going to be triggered by the sight of a protector? Give me a break. Get over yourself.”
Coffee is as much of a passion to Sal and Dana as America and service. As a matter of fact, it was coffee that saved Sal’s life.
Sal was in a coma for months after an accident when he was in the Navy. It’s a miracle that he was able to pull out of it. But his recovery was going slow – too slow.
“My doctor asked me two things – are you working out? Are you drinking coffee? I wasn’t a coffee drinker, but my doctor pointed out that it was a natural upper,” said Sal.
Dana said that’s when the transformation happened.
“We started researching coffee and this new passion brought us together,” she said. “We found it was helping his recovery, was helping our marriage and would be a mission for the two of us that we could use to continue a life of service – this time to bringing communities together.”
Now Sal and Dana use their coffee shop to give back to others. They are involved in countless community organizations and non-profits. They spend their free time supporting numerous causes, and over the past couple of years Sal has been asked to travel across the country to give keynote speeches on his story.
(Above: Salvatore DeFranco from Battle Grounds Coffee speaks to wounded officers in Texas about PTSD.)
“Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) is one of the best organizations we’ve found in America to support law enforcement,” Sal said. “While companies like Starbucks spit in the face of our police officers… we are proud to be able to donate 50% of our profits from online sales this month to a group that actually stands behind those officers.”
In the meantime, the Tempe Officers Association isn’t backing down when it comes to going after Starbucks.
Rob Ferraro is the president of the police union. He said things like these seem to be happening more and more these days.
“It’s become accepted to not trust or to see police and think that we’re not here to serve you, and again, it goes back to — we take great pride of the level of customer service we provide to citizens, and to be looked at as feeling unsafe when you have law enforcement around you is somewhat perplexing to me,” Ferraro said.
The police union also took to Twitter to post a series of messages about what happened.
“This treatment of public safety workers could not be more disheartening,” the union wrote. “While the barista was polite, making such a request at all was offensive. Unfortunately, such treatment has become all too common in 2019.”
The union puts the blame square on the individual store, not the Starbucks corporate. The union added that it looked forward “to working collaboratively with them on this important dialogue.”
4/4.. at all was offensive. Unfortunately, such treatment has become all too common in 2019.
We know this is not a national policy at Starbucks Corporate and we look forward to working collaboratively with them on this important dialogue.
— Tempe Officers Association (@ToaAz) July 6, 2019
On Twitter Friday, the union shared a parody of the Starbucks logo, with the words “Dump Starbucks” and the image of a hand dumping the contents of a cup of coffee.
Don't appreciate @Starbucks asking our #Tempe cops to leave your establishment on the #4thofjuly2019. Several of those cops are #veterans who fought for this country! #ZeroRespect pic.twitter.com/oGaDKhlYX3
— Tempe Officers Association (@ToaAz) July 5, 2019
Starbucks said through a spokesman that the company is still piecing together just what happened.
A Starbucks spokesman told the Arizona Republic the company was still gathering details about what happened.
“We have a deep respect for the Tempe Police and their service to the community,” spokesman Reggie Borges said. “We’ve reached out to the Tempe Police Department and Tempe Officers Association to better understand what happened and apologize. We want everyone in our stores to feel welcomed and the incident described is not indicative of what we want any of our customers to feel in our stores.”
Starbucks wouldn’t say if the barista would be disciplined, but they also didn’t identify the barista or the customer.
As Sal pointing out, here’s what happened with Starbucks in 2018.
Two black men were arrested for trespassing after they refused to leave a Starbucks. They weren’t paying customers. As a result, the Philadelphia police commissioner issued an apology to the men. Then Starbucks closed some 8,000 locations for a business day to conduct “racial bias training”.
Perhaps Starbucks can help us understand the hypocrisy. One of their employees called the police because people who weren’t paying customers were taking up space and refused to leave private property. Police responded and did what was asked of them – and what they were legally justified in doing.
In response, we see an entire company shut down to train employees in how police are bad, everyone is racist and we need to make sure everyone feels good.
On the flip side, we see spreading incidents across the country where police officers are being kicked out of the shops that are in the very communities these cops serve and protect. And yet Starbucks, instead of doing the right thing, hides the identity of the baristas and gives just a generic blanket apology.
In the training that happened during that national day of shut down, baristas were given a 68-page guide where they were asked to respond to writing prompts with various scenarios.
“It felt like we were off task the entire time because we didn’t reflect on the situation itself,” said one Barista, referring to the incident involving the two people arrested for trespassing. “The training materials focused a lot on police brutality, which had nothing to do with the incident that happened.”
Another attendee said the from Starbucks who were running the session only talked about the incident only when attendees asked about it. Instead, according to another barista, it was anti-police propaganda:
“The videos of cops knocking people down and fighting people were really disturbing,” Tina explained. “I told them I didn’t like the video and they told me they understood and that I was open to give my opinion.” What does watching videos about police brutality have to do with the situation that happened, Tina said she kept asking herself. “They went too deep into it and missed the point all at the same time.”
“At one point,” said Jamie, “a girl at my table actually had to get up and leave because video after video they showed black people being assaulted by police or black people being verbally assaulted and white people being racially biased toward people of color. It offended her. She left after that.”
Here’s one of the videos Starbucks showed its employees:
Why aren’t they shutting down every location to train employees on “bias training against law enforcement”?
Why do they pander to those who break the law and give the proverbial bird to those who enforce it?
If Starbucks is serious about protecting against discrimination, then they have no choice but to shut down every single location for a day to train employees on how to protect those who protect them.
Then again… that doesn’t fit their corporate agenda, now does it?
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