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Jul 7, 2019

Starbucks et al

You've no doubt read about the Starbucks incident in Arizona, in which some police officers were asked to leave or change seats because another customer felt unsafe.

Starbucks this morning is apologizing:

“What occurred in our store on July 4 is never the experience your officers or any customer should have, and at Starbucks, we are already taking the necessary steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again in the future.”

Just supposing....
     If a customer truly felt unsafe because of a non-officer customer---wearing a gun, would the customer's concerns be ignored? Or if he or she felt unsafe because of another customer wearing an offensive or threatening T-Shirt?
     Should the person who feels unsafe be the one who simply leaves?
     Tough being in retail these days, being the decider of all potential disputes. 

1 comment:

Jay Croft said...

I wonder why the customer objected to the police there. Maybe she had a traumatic experience with police in her past.

Prior to moving to Alabama in 1996 we lived in Maryland near the DC line. Down the road from our house was a real Southern style BBQ joint.

Maryland laws prohibit giving free meals to police officers. However, no law regulates portion sizes.

So, police officers and their families would converge on this humble restaurant in a rather seedy neighborhood. The owner would heap huge portions on their plates. There would almost always be a police car or three parked outside.

That restaurant was never robbed.