'Pig' Printed on Starbucks Cups Given to Oklahoma Police Officer

Starbucks is apologizing after a Kiefer police officer said he received his drinks with the word "PIG" written on the cups.

Starbucks is apologizing after a Kiefer police officer said he received his drinks with the word 'PIG' written on the cups.
Starbucks is apologizing after a Kiefer police officer said he received his drinks with the word "PIG" written on the cups.
Kiefer Police Department

KIEFER, Oklahoma - Starbucks is apologizing after a Kiefer police officer said he received his drinks with the word "PIG" written on the cups.

Kiefer Police Chief Johnny O'Mara said one of his officers who was working on Thanksgiving went to the Starbucks in Glenpool to get coffee for dispatchers who also were working on the holiday when each of the five cups the officer received had "PIG" on the label, according to KOTV.


"This is what he gets for being nice," O'Mara posted on Facebook with a photo 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."

O'Mara said he called the store and was told they would replace the coffee with a corrected label. The employee who made the labels called the officer, apologized and said it was meant to be a joke between her and a co-worker. 

A spokesperson with Starbucks Corporate called the news station and said the employee has suspended and that an investigation into the matter has been launched.

Below is the entire note the police chief posted:

So... one of my on-duty officers decides to do something nice for our dispatchers. It’s Thanksgiving Day; our dispatchers are under appreciated as it is. My officer goes to Starbucks to get the dispatchers coffee as a thank you for all they do (especially when they’re working a holiday.)

This is what he gets for being nice.

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.

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?”

Just pour the coffee, please. Are we at a point where a task as simple as pouring an exceptionally overpriced cup of coffee is so complicated that it cannot be accomplished without “expressing oneself?”

As a side note, I called the store and was told they’d be happy to “replace the coffee with a correct label.” The proverb ‘Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me’ came to mind.

Thank you, first responders, for risking it all this Thanksgiving away from your families. If you’re looking for coffee use a place where you pour your own and you’re certain of what’s in it.). Stay safe; go home.

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