HOUSTON, TX – An angry mother is reporting that the words “Defund The Police” were printed on the labels of her children’s drinks from a local Starbucks. Now, the mom is sharing her story on Facebook and the company has taken notice.
My exhusband takes my children to the Starbucks on I-10 and Kirkwood before bringing them home. All 3 of their drinks…
The unidentified Houston resident posted:
“My exhusband takes my children to the Starbucks on I-10 and Kirkwood before bringing them home. All 3 of their drinks have this [Defund the Police] printed on the label.
“I called and made the manager aware . . . as if she wasn’t already. She acted like she couldn’t careless (sic). All of my LEO friends be careful when getting anything from there.
“Feel free to call and speak to the manager their phone number is 281-584-9063. This shit has to stop. We can’t even get a cup of coffee without worrying about being poisoned or worse. Wtf is wrong with America???”
Starbucks responded to the woman’s Facebook post with:
“We offer our deepest apologies for what has occurred. This incident is unacceptable and not representative of the deep appreciation Starbucks has for police officers who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe.
“Rest assured we are continuing to investigate and also working with the Houston police department to use this opportunity to leverage our shared platforms to promote greater civility.
“We believe that everyone who enters our store should feel welcome and have a positive experience. In instances like this when that doesn’t happen, we take swift action to address it immediately.”
Despite the assurances from Starbucks’ corporate offices, the coffee chain has too often been in the news for instances of incivility toward and discrimination against police officers around the country.
One such example came from a store in Tempe, Arizona, which told six uniformed officers to leave because a customer complained about not feeling safe with officers there.
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
Instead of telling the person who complained that the store would not discriminate, as is the store’s policy, the barista told took action in making the officers leave the store. Imagine, just for a moment, that the customer complained about a group of garbagemen and not a group of officers, would the store have taken the same measures?
The answer is no. Because that is absurd and discriminatory.
To their credit, Starbucks did make a public apology for the incident and said that the barista involved was taken off the floor while the incident is being investigated.
In a now-infamous incident in which baristas called Philadelphia police to remove two men who were using the restaurant’s facilities without buying anything, which was against store policy, Starbucks bent over backwards to apologize to the offended parties.
The incident became an example of racial discrimination because the two men were black and the story went national with that narrative. The police came, requested that they leave and the men turned it into a confrontation by refusing to vacate the premises. Left with no other options, the police had to arrest the two for trespassing.
As a result of the incident, Kevin Johnson, the CEO of Starbucks, personally met with both men to apologize. In addition, the company settled lawsuits between the men and offered to pay for their college tuition.
Starbucks also closed down all of its stores nationwide to conduct specialized training for every employee in the chain. While this may be a good idea, since the stores encourage people to utilize the seating areas as meeting space, what are they doing – on a companywide scale – about shops that kick officers out or write derogatory messages on their orders?
Will Starbucks be shutting down again nationwide to teach their employees to be polite to cops? Are they going to pay for the children of fallen officers to go to college?
The answer is no, they will not. Which makes one wonder, do they really care about this extremely offensive and ignorant comment of defunding the police? Or are they apologizing only because it made the news?
Law Enforcement Today recently ran an article about yet another Starbucks employee denigrating the police:
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – 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 with whom they disagree.
In a video that went viral on TikTok, someone who users report is a transgender boy 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 video was made at a Starbucks outlet inside a Target store in Indianapolis.
The caption on the video says:
“All I want for Christmas is more dead cops.”
In the background of the TikTok video, 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.”
While pouring well over a cup of bleach in, the person then says:
“First we’re gonna start with bleach. All the way to the third line. Then we’re gonna add ice because, you know, cops love ice.”
At that point, there’s another concoction going in a blender. In it is blue coloring that Starbucks uses for special drinks.
The person continues:
“We add more bleach, a little blood of innocent black men. And then we add this special blue ingredient that Starbucks has. We do have it and yes, we are holding out on you.”
A TikTok 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, he says:
“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.
Target responded to the video with a statement:
“This video is appalling and unacceptable. 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.”
The retailer said such behavior 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.
— Stacey Kitts (@Skitts01) August 31, 2020
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