For years now, Starbucks has been the office of choice for the ultra-hip tech lawyer who can’t afford a place of his own. But as Philly Police Officer Joe Leighthardt explained on Facebook, police want their own access to the Temple of Frappucino, telling the story of a bro-cop whose needs went, ahem, unfulfilled.
I walk into the Starbucks at 13th and Chestnut in full uniform and ask the young blonde liberal behind the counter if I could use their public bathroom for which you need a key code and she states, in a loud voice so all the other customers can hear that the bathroom is for paying customers only. I then ask in a very polite manner if I could please use it. She then states in the same loud manner and a smirk “Are you a paying customer?” It was at this point that I realized what she was doing. As I walked out with my hand up and while she continued loudly to tell me about the bathroom down the street, I was even more astonished that the many customers and other employees said nothing and seemed indifferent. This is the world cops live in anymore. It’s hip for this generation to berate and totally disrespect cops in front of the public and praise cop killers as the heroes of they’re (sic) time. I never post things but I hope my fellow brothers and sisters in blue see this and know that we have each other… and not to patronize that Starbucks.
Damn them “young blonde liberals” and their lack of urinempathy. Did she really expect a police officer to buy a coffee? Does she know nothing of tradition?
Nice coffee shop you got here, little lady. It would be a shame if anything was to happen to it.
No barista wants to put her sweet job at risk by ignoring the rules her employer imposes on the use of the facilities. You see, the place sells coffee, a notorious diuretic, and clean restrooms are one of the main draws for Starbucks lawyers, who want their clients to have a sanitary place to relieve themselves.
And why shouldn’t they? These lawyers are sucking down Venti lattes (gluten-free) like nobody’s business, and showing their largesse by offering their clientele a sweet mochaccino, a deal-closer every time. Why should the paying customers have to suffer the indignity of a client staring at a seat aimed at the ceiling and a former occupant who didn’t aim at all?
But what of empathy? What of appreciation of the hard work police do to protect businesses from murderers and bench-sitters? After all, do police not put their lives at risk for Starbucks? Doesn’t that deserve a little respect?
I was even more astonished that the many customers and other employees said nothing and seemed indifferent. This is the world cops live in anymore.
This is the world cops have made for themselves. There are two potential takeaways from the indifference to police personal needs. One, that they all just “totally disrespect cops” because it’s “hip.” The other is that the public isn’t as impressed with police as cops believe they should be. And then there are those “young blonde liberals,” who ‘praise cop killers as the heroes of they’re (sic) time.”
More than usual, the police view of a little accommodation has merit when it comes to nature’s call.
“No one is asking for special treatment, but when your ‘office’ is a police car and you’re running from job to job in Philadelphia, I’d (sic) he supposed to hold in? Pee on the sidewalk? I’ll bet your job has a bathroom within 100 yards,” Leighthardt wrote. “Cops don’t.
It’s a fair point. Somebody should have given this occupational hazard a bit of thought along the way, creating perhaps public toilets where public servants could address their non-public needs. Yes, Virginia, even cops have bodily functions. While the barista might have a problem with cleaning up afterward, given the notorious inability of police to hit what they’re aiming at, the same can be said of many others.
And this particular Starbucks calls the police several times a week for things as simple as someone sitting on the bench outside their property.”
But what’s the point of adding this bit of inside info? Does Leighthardt think that cops only show up as a favor to businesses who take good care of them? Does Philly not pay its police to, you know, police? Does the beloved discretion afforded the “fellow brothers and sisters in blue” apply to remembering who wouldn’t
give you a free latte let you pee?
Had this been my establishment, I would have let the cop use the restroom. Then again, I would let anyone who needs to go use the restroom, because when someone has to go, they have to go. Of course, when that happens to someone who isn’t a cop, who doesn’t enjoy the accommodations police expect for themselves, and, say, “pee on the sidewalk,” a cop might arrest them and do his utmost to put them on the sex offender registry.
Hey, maybe that’s why the “young blonde liberal” doesn’t show the cop the respect he thinks he deserves? Or it could be the Philly police department’s lingering memory of Frank Rizzo. You never know.
In any event, Starbucks appears to have fixed the problem by opening its facilities to police in need, regardless of whether they’re customers. That’s very kind of the chain to be so concerned for the welfare of officers. Plus, they really like their stores, and it would be a shame if something bad was to happen to them.