KIEFER, Oklahoma -- A Starbucks employee accused of serving a police officer a cup reading “PIG” on it has been fired.
The coffee company announced the employee believed to be responsible no longer works for them in the aftermath of the incident, which occurred last week at an Oklahoma location.
“This is absolutely unacceptable, and we are deeply sorry to the law enforcement officer who experienced this,” Starbucks wrote in a statement. “We have also apologized directly to him and connected with the Chief of the Kiefer Police Department as well to express our remorse.”
The controversy garnered national attention last week when Kiefer Police Chief Johnny O’Mara wrote in a Facebook post that one of the officers from his department had received a cup featuring the defamatory language printed on it when he made a coffee run on Thanksgiving.
The officer was on-duty at the time.
“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 wrote on social media.
In a separate statement, Starbucks said it planned to meet with the Kiefer Police Department — which serves Kiefer, Okla. — to “discuss ways to work together.”
Those plans, Starbucks said, include “a jointly hosted Coffee with a Cop event at Starbucks where local law enforcement can meet with baristas and members of the community to discuss the critical role dispatchers and police offers play in keeping our communities safe.”
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