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RSO: Deputies refused service at Riverside Starbucks; Starbucks responds


The Riverside County Sheriff's Department has spoken out about an incident where deputies were denied service at a Starbucks in Riverside.

"Two of our deputies were refused service at Starbucks. The anti-police culture repeatedly displayed by Starbucks employees must end," tweeted Sheriff Chad Bianco.

Few details have been released on exactly what happened. According to the Riverside County Sheriff's official Twitter account, the incident happened Thursday night at an unidentified Starbucks location in Riverside.

We reached out to Starbucks for further comment. A company spokesperson said they reached out to the department and apologized for the incident.

The spokesperson told News Channel 3, "There is simply no excuse for how two Riverside deputies were ignored for nearly 5 minutes at our store on Thursday evening. We are deeply sorry and reached out to apologize directly to them. We take full responsibility for any intentional or unintentional disrespect shown to law enforcement on whom we depend every day to keep our stores and communities safe. No customer, in or out of uniform, should ever have that experience at a Starbucks. The partners (employees) who worked that evening will not be scheduled to work while we investigate and take the appropriate steps."

Stay with News Channel 3 for updates.

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