The Starbucks employee the company says gave an Oklahoma police officer a coffee cup with the label “PIG” printed on it has been fired, according to a company statement released Friday.
Kiefer Police Chief Johnny O’Mara says an officer went to Starbucks to grab a coffee as a “thank you” for the under-appreciated dispatchers who were working the holiday.
But, O’Mara says somebody at the coffee chain typed “PIG” on the label placed on one of the cups in the order. According to CNN, Starbucks has since apologized, adding that it was an “unacceptable” incident.
“Starbucks and Kiefer Police Department will work together in the coming days to promote greater civility and understanding,” Starbucks added in its statement.
“This is what he gets for being nice,” Chief O’Mara wrote on Facebook. “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 says the coffee cup insult is part of a much larger anti-police movement.
“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,” O’Mara wrote. “It’s another tiny pinprick into the heart of men and women who are asking themselves more often: ‘Why am I doing this?'”
O’Mara went on to thank all first responders who put their own lives at risk on Thanksgiving and sacrificed time with their families to keep strangers safe.
Starbucks wrote in a public statement on O’Mara’s post:
“This is totally unacceptable and offensive to all law enforcement. We are deeply sorry and have apologized directly to the officer who experienced this. We have launched an internal investigation into this matter and our leaders would like to connect with you directly to apologize to you and the entire department. We invite you to send us a private message so that we may connect you with our leadership.”