Reportedly, the off-duty police officer used his police credit union debit card to purchase the drink.
Complaints from police officers about how they've been treated at restaurants have been making the news recently. Though the others (the McDonald's McMuffin cop and the Shake Shack "poisonings" in New York) have been mostly debunked as not intentional, this latest one is still under investigation. And it's a doozy.
An off-duty police officer in Diamond Bar, California, allegedly discovered a tampon in his Frappuccino after visiting a Starbucks inside a Target store on Friday. He confronted the staff about it, returned the cup, and then filed a report with the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, who will look at surveillance footage.
The sheriff's office issued the following statement Tuesday morning:
“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.”
Reportedly, the officer used his police credit union debit card to purchase the drink, which he believes may have identified him as a police officer to the staff since he was not wearing his uniform at the time.
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
The Starbucks where the incident took place is a licensee of the Target, so the staff members are technically employees of Target, not of Starbucks.
Target is expected to make a statement sometime today.