'PIG' label on police officer's Starbucks cup sparks furor

'Absolute and total disrespect'

GLENPOOL, Okla. — An Oklahoma police chief says an officer bought Starbucks for 911 dispatchers working on Thanksgiving only to find that the word “PIG” was printed on the cups’ labels.

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The officer notified Kiefer Police Chief Johnny O'Mara, who called the store and spoke to a manager. O’Mara says the store offered to reprint the computer-generated labels, but he took to social media and posted the photo. It has since gone viral.

"What irks me is the absolute and total disrespect for a police officer who, instead of being home with family and enjoying a meal and a football game, is patrolling his little town," O'Mara wrote. "It’s another tiny pinprick into the heart of men and women who are asking themselves more often: “Why am I doing this?”

The officer told KTUL-TV that the employee reached out to him personally and apologized, saying it was a joke.

Starbucks spokesperson Jory Mendes says the company is deeply sorry and has apologized to the officer who received the five cups.

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The barista has been suspended pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

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Last year, Starbucks closed stores and had employees undergo anti-bias training after the arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia location. The coffee chain’s executives met with Arizona officers earlier this year after six officers were asked to leave a store because a customer felt unsafe.