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Starbucks’ Answer To July 4th Incident: ‘Coffee With A Cop’


Starbucks outlets in Tempe, Az. plan to host a series of “Coffee with a Cop” events in an effort to mend bruised feelings following a July 4th incident that added more fuel to the nationwide debate over police-community relations.

Last Thursday, a customer in one of the city’s Starbucks outlets reported feeling “uncomfortable” after six local officers entered the restaurant before their holiday shift. The citizen asked a barista to tell the officers to “either move out of the customer’s sight, or leave.”

The officers complied, but the incident immediately went viral, and provoked a complaint from the Tempe Officers Association which called the request “offensive.”

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