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Report: Tempe Police asked to Leave Starbucks

Filed under: Political Correctness — DRJ @ 11:54 am

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AZ CentralTempe police reportedly asked to leave Starbucks:

A group of Tempe police officers were reportedly asked to move or leave a Starbucks coffee shop on the Fourth of July because a customer felt uncomfortable.

According to a tweet from the Tempe Officers Association, six Tempe Police Department officers were drinking coffee before their shift at the Starbucks near Scottsdale and McKellips roads when a barista told them a customer “did not feel safe” by their presence.

The barista allegedly asked the officers to move out of the customer’s line of sight or to leave, the tweet states.

I looked for a response from Starbucks and to see if this happened. There will probably be a response but it is interesting that Starbucks has a section of its website devoted to Social Impact (see the menu bar at the top), including Military Veterans and others. Worthy goals. Maybe Starbucks should add the police to its menu.


17 Responses to “Report: Tempe Police asked to Leave Starbucks”

  1. I guess it really happened. Statement by the Tempe PD:

    nk (dbc370)

  2. And here’s a little something from Starbucks corporate per my local ABC:

    nk (dbc370)

  3. Crooks often feel “uncomfortable” around the police. Of course, maybe the Barista was the one who was REALLY uncomfortable.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  4. Tempe sounds like a Hispanic name, but it’s actually Greek. Τεμπη. It was the home of the Muses. The engineer who build the first irrigation system and resurrected it from the desert dust was a classicist. Phoenix is likewise named after the mythical bird which is reborn from its funeral ashes.

    nk (dbc370)

  5. I can’t think of many Spanish nouns that end in “e.” The number 14 is catorce and green is verde, so Tempe doesn’t sound Hispanic to me (unless it reminds you of tiempo [time]). But I would not have guessed Greek. Who in Arizona did that? How intelligent of them.

    DRJ (15874d)

  6. Pioneer Phillip Darrell Duppa is credited with suggesting Tempe’s name, adopted in 1879, after comparing the Salt River valley near a 300-foot (91 m)-tall butte, to the Vale of Tempe near Mount Olympus in Greece.

    Duppa, who called himself Lord Darrell Duppa, was born in Kent, England, in 1832. He attended Cambridge University and learned the classics and five languages.

    Duppa is recognized as one of the founders of Phoenix, Arizona, with his friend Jack Swilling – and eventually built a ranch north of Phoenix. Phoenix was founded in 1868 (and later incorporated in 1881), and the name proposed by Duppa related back to the story of the mythical Phoenix’s rebirth from the ashes. The basis being the rebirth of a city of canals, rebuilt on the site of the ancient Hohokam canal systems that dated back to about 700-1400 AD.

    The above are excerpts from Wikipedia. I first read it in I, Jack Swilling by John Myers Myers (sic), a novelized biography of Jack Swilling.

    nk (dbc370)

  7. I guess he did not “build the first irrigation system” after all, though. The Indians had done that. He and Jack Swilling brought in the newer one. 😉

    nk (dbc370)

  8. That was a non-apology apology by Starbucks at nk’s link.

    What struck me about this is that the officers were told to leave or move out of the customer’s sight, and they chose to leave … but they had to be told who the complaining customer was in case they had chosen to move out of sight. I am curious if the customer was a man, woman, old, young, what race, etc. Ditto if there was something notable about these police officers, although my guess is the customer only saw uniforms and guns.

    DRJ (15874d)

  9. Thanks, nk. The founders of Arizona were fairly elegant for the West. The English settlers were interesting lot. Reminds me of New Mexico’s John Henry Tunstall.

    DRJ (15874d)

  10. nk (dbc370) — 7/6/2019 @ 4:15 pm

    I don’t feel comfortable around filthy nationalists.

    DRJ, could you please ask him to leave or move to a different thread?


    Dave (1bb933)

  11. You mean Old White Male Eurocentric Supremacists. My nationality is American these days.

    nk (dbc370)

  12. I expected this in Tucson, but not tempe, nk is very tongue in cheek up to the amygdala.

    Narciso (fddec8)

  13. The customer can call a barista when someone breaks into their home.

    Dave2 (411637)

  14. Tempe is the district that gave us Sinemax for Congress since the beginning of the decade, although she has been a sort of Blue-ish Dog in the Senate

    urbanleftbehind (db486c)

  15. Just imagine the fuss if a gay couple was asked to leave, or at least stop making out.

    Kevin M (61459c)

  16. NYPDCounterterrorism
    3 years ago today, 4 @DallasPD officers and 1 DART officer were shot & killed at the end of a protest. We will #neverforget the service & sacrifice of those brave heroes.


    harkin (58d012)

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