If one customer makes another uncomfortable store can ask them to leave. But it requires valid reasoning. Individual/personal insecurity is not valid in my opinion.
If someone is feeling insecure due to their own personal fear that’s not my or stores problem. Store shouldn’t have asked cops to leave but asked the first customer to leave instead. Cops were paid customers too.
I understand that there are highest numbers of cop shooting incident in that county specifically so general fear is given. But still feels like it was bit too much to ask other person to leave simply based on their profession. Not all fingers of palm are same.
Store person should have done that too. @baudnull store person was friendly with cop since cop was regular there and just thought it would be ok since they knew each other. Store was at fault here and apologized as well
This is bound to happen in a country like America where everyone around you is from a different culture.
Yes we can blame Starbucks, but what exactly can Starbucks do, they can't brainwash every employee to behave in a certain way, humans can't be programmed. There will be bias as long as this is a melting pot of cultures.
Normal resolution of the situation: Barista responds to customer that police are paying customers who have all rights to be there and offers to make coffee to go so that poor soul can gtfo to its safe space under a bridge.