After two deputies with the Riverside County (CA) Sheriff's Department were denied service at a local Starbucks coffee shop, Sheriff Chad Bianco said on Twitter that "the anti-police culture repeatedly displayed by Starbucks employees must end."
According to KTLA-TV, the company issued a written apology that said, "There is simply no excuse for how two Riverside deputies were ignored for nearly five minutes at our store on Thursday evening. We are deeply sorry and reached out to apologize directly to them."
The statement continued, "We take full responsibility for any intentional or unintentional disrespect shown to law enforcement on whom we depend every day to keep our stores and communities safe. No customer, in or out of uniform, should ever have that experience at a Starbucks. The partners (employees) who worked that evening will not be scheduled to work while we investigate and take the appropriate steps."
Sheriff Bianco said that his deputies "handled themselves well" by leaving to get coffee somewhere else.