Riverside Deputies Say They Were Refused Service at Starbucks

Starbucks is once again issuing an apology for the way one of its employees treated members of the law enforcement community. This time, the aggrieved were members of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office.

The Los Angeles Times reports: 

Starbucks has apologized to two Riverside County sheriff’s deputies and promised an internal investigation following complaints by the sheriff that the coffee retailer’s employees refused to serve the peace officers.

The alleged mistreatment of the deputies occurred late Thursday night at an outpost of the coffee chain near UC Riverside. The officers, who were in uniform, stood at the counter for about five minutes without being served and eventually decided to leave, according to statements from Starbucks and social media posts by Sheriff Chad Bianco.

“There is simply no excuse for how two Riverside deputies were ignored for nearly 5 minutes at our store on Thursday evening,” a Starbucks spokesman said in a statement. “We take full responsibility for any intentional or unintentional disrespect shown to law enforcement on whom we depend every day to keep our stores and communities safe.”

This marks the third anti-police incident we know of this year. Officers in Tempe, AZ and a police chief in Oklahoma have experienced similar treatment.

Last year, the company came under fire for racial profiling at a Philadelphia Starbucks that led to the arrest of two black customers.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department says it is aware of the latest incident and has been in communication with the company.


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