The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) is reportedly investigating an incident where an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer found a tampon in a Starbucks drink late last week.
FOX 11 Los Angeles reporter Bill Melugin reported Monday that sources informed him that on Friday an off-duty LAPD officer allegedly discovered a tampon in his Frappuccino while he was “halfway” through finishing it. Melugin included an image of the tampon in his initial tweet (below).
The off-duty officer had purchased the drink with his police credit union debit card from a Starbucks in Diamond Bar, Melugin reported. The Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that they took a report and are investigating. LASD detectives have reportedly already obtained security camera footage and are in the process of reviewing it to determine if any criminality occurred.
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
FOX 11 Los Angeles noted that the officer was furious when he made the discovery and went back inside to confront the employees at the establishment, which is a licensee located inside a Target store, meaning that the employees do not work for Starbucks.
The Los Angeles Police Protective League told the local news station: “This disgusting assault on a police officer was carried out by someone with hatred in their heart and who lacks human decency. We hope they are publicly exposed, fired, arrested, and prosecuted for their cowardly and repugnant actions.”
Melugin addressed the recent story involving a Shake Shack in New York City where several police officers went to the hospital after they thought they may have ingested a chemical in beverages that they ingested. It was later revealed that not only was there no criminality in the case, the officers did not get sick.
“And yes, I’m aware of the Shake Shack hoax. That’s why I spent all evening working multiple independent sources and this didn’t come from the union. A police report has been filed, LASD reviewing video, and if the officer made it up, that’s filing a false report. That’s criminal,” Melugin tweeted. “We’ve since learned that because this Starbucks is a licensee location inside a Target, they’re technically Target employees. When we called the Target, a female employee said she was aware of the incident. Starbucks [is] following up with us in the morning.”
UPDATE: We've since learned that because this Starbucks is a licensee location inside a Target, they're technically Target employees. When we called the Target, a female employee said she was aware of the incident. Starbucks following up with us in the morning. @FOXLA
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) June 23, 2020
The incident comes as far-left activists have called for defunding law enforcement agencies across the country in recent weeks in response to the death of George Floyd. Floyd’s death initially sparked riots, looting, and violence in the days immediately following his death but those efforts have waned in recent days as rioters have begun targeting statues across the country.
Rioters went after statues of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Ulysses S. Grant last week. On Monday, rioters in Washington, D.C., tried to destroy a statue of former President Andrew Jackson before arrived on scene and were able to stop them. Amid the mounting activist pressure for the removal of historical monuments, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City announced on Sunday that it was going to remove a statue of former President Theodore Roosevelt.
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