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Starbucks: Employee fired after printing 'PIG' on coffee cups for Kiefer officer

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A Kiefer, Okla., police officer received this coffee cup with "PIG" printed on the label when he stopped by the Starbucks in Glenpool on Thanksgiving Nov. 28, 2019. (Courtesy of Kiefer Police Chief Johnny O'Mara)

Starbucks says they fired the Glenpool barista who printed "PIG" on five coffee cups ordered by a Kiefer officer on Thanksgiving.

The police chief at Kiefer Police Department said the officer was picking up drinks for their dispatchers as a "thank you" for their hard work.

Starbucks and the barista who printed the label reached out to the Kiefer Police Department and apologized for the incident.

The company initially suspended the employee, but fired her after investigating further.

Starbucks and Kiefer police say they hope to use the "regrettable incident as an opportunity to leverage our shared platforms to promote greater civility."

The company will be meeting with Kiefer officers to create a joint Coffee with a Cop event at Starbucks, so local law enforcement can meet with baristas and people in the community.

"Together with law enforcement agencies, Starbucks will jointly look for educational opportunities for our partners across the United States to promote better understanding and respect," the company wrote on their website.

Starbucks released the following statement on Friday:

This is absolutely unacceptable, and we are deeply sorry to the law enforcement officer who experienced this. We have also apologized directly to him and connected with the Chief of the Kiefer Police Department as well to express our remorse.
The Starbucks partner who wrote this offensive word on a cup used poor judgement and is no longer a partner after this violation of company policy.
This language is offensive to all law enforcement and is not representative of the deep appreciation we have for police officers who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe.


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