The Margin: Starbucks apologizes to police ‘made to feel unwelcome and disrespected’ after barista tells them to leave Arizona store

The term DumpStarbucks, or #DumpStarbucks, was seen spiking on social media Saturday afternoon, amid reports that a Starbucks in Tempe, Ariz., asked local law enforcement to leave an area store on Thursday because a customer felt uncomfortable with police presence.

Six police officers on the Fourth of July were reportedly urged to vacate a Starbucks at Scottsdale Road in Tempe by an employee because a customer “did not feel safe,” according to several news outlets and an account by the local police association.

In response, the Tempe Officers Association submitted the following via Twitter on July 5: “Don’t appreciate @Starbucks asking our #Tempe cops to leave your establishment on the #4thofjuly2019.

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