Starbucks barista asked police offers to leave because a customer felt unsafe with them there

The hashtag #DumpStarbucks began trending on Twitter after a news story broke yesterday about a barista at a Tempe, AZ location who asked several police officers to leave because another customer felt “unsafe” with them there.

According to Fox News, Starbucks has apologized for the incident, writing a letter to the Tempe Police Department saying:

“On behalf of Starbucks, I want to sincerely apologize to you all for the experience that six of your officers had in our store on July 4. When those officers entered the store and a customer raised a concern over their presence, they should have been welcomed and treated with dignity and the utmost respect by our partners (employees). Instead they were made to feel unwelcome and disrespected, which is completely unacceptable.”

The barista who kicked the officers out hasn’t been identified and the company did not comment on whether or not they will face disciplinary action.

Twitter uses expressed outrage, causing the hashtag to trend nationwide.

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