Off-duty cop says he was served a tampon in his Starbucks coffee Nine Line News Team June 24, 2020 Articles, In The Press, Nine Line News 2,357 In what police unions are calling a “disgusting assault,” an off-duty LAPD officer says he drank half of his Starbucks Frappuccino before he discovered a tampon had been dropped into it. The cop says he ordered the coffee at a Starbucks in a Target store. It’s unclear if he was in uniform at the time, but he paid for his beverage with his police credit union debit card. He got halfway through his frap when he found what appeared to be a tampon in the cup. He went back inside to the Starbucks counter, and now the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department has launched an investigation, including reviewing surveillance footage from the store. ‘Walnut Station Detectives are investigating an incident of alleged poisoning of food or drink at a local business. The incident was reported to have occurred Friday, June 19, 2020 at approximately 2:30 p.m., on the 700 block of Grand Avenue in the city of Diamond Bar. “The victim was a male White 36 years-old. This is an ongoing investigation.” “No further information is available at this time,” the department said. From the photo it’s not possible to tell if the “item” was used. GAAAAAAAH. BREAKING: Sources tell me an off duty LAPD officer allegedly found a tampon halfway thru his Frappuccino at a Starbucks in Diamond Bar on Friday. I’m told he used his police credit union debit card. Sheriff’s Dept. confirms they took a report & they’re now investigating. @FOXLA pic.twitter.com/HdLTreNuur — Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) June 23, 2020 Although this may be the first known incident of an assault on police with feminine hygiene products, it is by no means the first time law enforcement officers have been on the receiving end of prejudicial treatment. Earlier this month, one location of a Condado Tacos in Columbus, OH received a large catering order from the Ohio State Highway Patrol department. Three employees apparently told their management they felt “uncomfortable” filling the order. According to a representative from the taco chain, the employees got into a “heated discussion with management” and, after given the choice not to complete the order, walked out of the restaurant. As a result, the company closed three of its 20 locations for several days to sort itself out. The chain explained the officers did eventually receive their order (presumably without tampons) but also pledged it would be making “donations and other efforts that we are making to support movements and efforts to achieve racial equality.” In Louisiana, two deputies were attending a training seminar and stopped at the Burger King when they were not allowed to order. According to the Assumption Parish Department’s public information officer, who wrote an editorial about the incident, the employees laughed through the drive-thru speaker when deputies asked if they could not get food because they were law enforcement. The deputies were told they were out of food – from burgers to chicken – and received the snickering response when they asked for clarification. In 2018, two employees at a Cook Out restaurant in North Carolina were fired after refusing to serve an order from a Roxboro police sergeant (who was also an Army veteran). Also that year, a Detroit food truck owner said she refused to serve police officers because customers “do not feel safe” around them. Heck, way back in October, 2015, officers were being denied service. The New York Times wrote about five different incidents across just a few months including a Dunkin’ Donuts employee, spotting a police officer in the back of the line in West Hartford, Conn., announcing, “He didn’t get the message; we don’t serve cops here.” Then there was the manager of an Arby’s in Pembroke Pines, Fla., who told a uniformed police officer that the employee working at the drive-through window refused to serve him. Plus a Jimmy John’s in Minnesota, a Chuck E. Cheese in Bowling Green, Ky., a Whataburger in Lewisville, Tex., and a Starbucks in Philadelphia, followed a similar pattern. Police officers were denied service in some form — food, access to restrooms — by employees. But you know, it would sure be a problem if the shoe was on the other foot. As the Assumption Parish Department’s public information officer wrote in his editorial, “What is troubling is that these same (restaurant) employees, in the event a robbery was occurring at the time, would have expected these two deputies to take a bullet for them, and those deputies would have.” But such is the world in which we live right now.