Philly cop allegedly denied use of Starbucks restroom, and his rant goes viral
Starbucks has come under some fire after an employee at the coffee shop's 1301 Chestnut Street location allegedly refused to let a Philadelphia police officer use the restroom.
Philadelphia Police Officer Joe Leighthardt posted a heated account of the incident on Starbucks' corporate Facebook account. The post, which has been shared over 15,000 times, was written by an unnamed sergeant in the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD).
The sergeant says that he visited the Center City Starbucks location in full uniform on Friday. He asked to use the restroom, at which time a "young blonde liberal" allegedly (and loudly) told him the restrooms were for paying customers only.
"I then ask in a very polite manner if I could please use it," the sergeant's post reads. "She then states in the same loud manner and a smirk 'are you a paying customer?' It was at this point that I realized what she was doing."
The post then describes the sergeant's astonishment "that the many customers and other employees said nothing and seemed indifferent" about the incident, before making this statement:
"It's hip for this generation to berate and totally disrespect cops in front of the public and praise cop killers as the heroes of they're [sic] time."
Officer Leighthardt, who posted the sergeant's complaint, elaborated that police officers don't have immediate access to restrooms. He added that this particular Starbucks often calls the police for "things as simple as someone sitting on the bench outside their property."
Starbucks issued the following response without apology on the comment thread:
Many of the top-liked comments condemn the Starbucks' employee. Some local businesses even offered their restrooms:
The sergeant's full post can be read here: