Arizona police officers asked to leave Starbucks

The coffee chain issued an apology after the six officers were asked to leave the Tempe store on July 4 because a barista said they were making a customer feel uncomfortable.
2:34 | 07/07/19

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But first the police officers enjoying their coffee at a Starbucks before their shift when they say they were shown the door. A barista reportedly asking them to leave at the request of another customer. Zachary kiesch joins us now with the story. Reporter: Eva, good morning to you. The coffee house got a lot of backlash initially on Twitter specifically from the rank and file officers in the police community. Starbucks committed to use this as an opportunity to initiate dialogue and strengthen community. This morning, Starbucks is facing fresh criticism following a July 4th incident at one of their Arizona locations. A barista said she was approached by a customer saying they felt unsafe. With six Tempe officers gathered for coffee at the store. The president of Tempe officers association telling ABC news -- Very politely and very nervously ultimately asked and said that there was a customer inside the establishment that was -- felt unsafe. Reporter: That employee apparently giving the police officers the option to move out of the customer's sight or leave the store. The officers decided to leave. It was upsetting. Reporter: The incident is picking up steam online. With the #dumpstarbucks trending this weekend. A spokesperson for Starbucks responding, law enforcement is something we value not just in Tempe but anywhere around the world. If just their presence is making you feel unsafe, then I think that is a little bit ridiculous. Reporter: The Tempe police department issuing this statement, it's our hope that the incident was an isolated incident between one community member and a single employee. Rather than an entire organization. It's not acceptable anywhere, any day, asking someone based upon what they do. Reporter: While we don't know the race involved in this incident, it's not the first the chain has had to respond to asking patrons to leave. Just last year, the CEO was asked to apologize after two black men were asked to leave a Philadelphia store. Starbucks shutting down all their stores for racial bias training. The police chief said in a tweet last night that they're using this incident to show how to thoughtfully engage in dialogue. Story getting a lot of attention. Zachary, thank you. Thank you.

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