Starbucks has fired the barista who printed 'Pig' on the cup labels of several Oklahoma police officers working on Thanksgiving Day.
On Thursday an officer with the Kiefer Police Department did a Starbucks run for emergency dispatchers working on the holiday and was shocked to find the word 'PIG' printed on the labels for all five drink orders.
The officer reported the labels to Police Chief Johnny O'Mara, who shared a picture of one of the offensive coffee cups on Facebook, where the incident went viral and led to public outrage.
Following the incident the officer who did the Starbucks run says the barista behind the 'Pig' label contacted him and apologized, saying the label was meant to be a joke.
Starbucks issued a company wide apology as well condemning the label and announcing that the barista was fired.
'The Starbucks partner who wrote this offensive word on a cup used poor judgement and is no longer a partner after this violation of company policy,' the company said Friday.
Starbucks has fired the barista who printed 'Pig' on the cup labels of several Kiefer police officers working on Thanksgiving Day at the company's Glenpool, Oklahoma location
Starbucks shared a statement on Friday saying the barista behind the 'Pig' label was fired for violating company police
'This is absolutely unacceptable and we are deeply sorry to the law enforcement officer who experienced this. We have also apologized directly to him and we are working to connect with the police chief as well as to express our remorse,' Starbucks said in a statement.
'This language is offensive to all law enforcement and is not representative of the deep appreciation we have for police officers who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe,' the statement added.
Police Chief O'Mara was on vacation when the officer called to flag the 'Pig' labels.
O'Mara then called the Starbucks location to demand an apology and the Glenpool store manager offered to reprint the cups, but it wasn't enough for O'Mara.
He shared pictures of the cups on Facebook saying: 'So... one of my on-duty officers decides to do something nice for our dispatchers.
'It's Thanksgiving Day; our dispatchers are under appreciated as it is. My officer goes to Starbucks to get the dispatchers coffee as a thank you for all they do (especially when they're working a holiday.)'
He continued: 'This is what he gets for being nice.
Kiefer police chief Johnny O'Mara shared a photo of the label on Facebook saying: 'What irks me is the absolute and total disrespect for