An official investigation has debunked previous claims that a Starbucks barista put tampons in a drink ordered by an off-duty officer. Back in June, a Los Angeles Police Department official claimed to have found a tampon in his framuccino, which he claimed was intentional because of the anti-police sentiment that led to civil rights protests.
“Based on the evidence available at this time, the item in the drink was possibly a cleaning type of cloth commonly used by store employees,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva said, TMZ. Given that a cleaning cloth is a commonly used item by most Starbucks employees, it was deemed as an accident and not a malicious act. The incident was initially being investigated as an “incident of alleged poisoning of food or drink” after an tampon was allegedly found by an off-duty LAPD officer at a Starbucks drink late last week. The incident also occurred at a Starbucks inside a target, and was initially reported by Foxy Bill Melugin.
BREAKING: Sources told me that a LAPD official allegedly found a tampon halfway in a Starbucks at Diamond Bar on Friday. I am told that they used their Police Credit Union debit card. The Sheriff Department confirmed that they took a report and they are now investigating. @FOXLA pic.twitter.com/HdLTreNuur
– Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) June 23, 2020
The officer claimed that he used a union-credit union debit card to his credit to buy his drink, only to find a now-clean cloth in his drink. Shortly thereafter, officers went inside to confront the “angry” employees and returned the cup to the employees. The LA Police Protective League also issued a statement, calling the incident “a disgusting attack on a police officer who was carried out with hatred by someone in his heart and who lacked human decency.” It also called for the person “to be publicly exposed, fired, arrested, and prosecuted for his cowardly and hateful actions.”
Despite the allegations, Target conducted its own investigation into the case and no wrongdoing was done by staff. After reviewing the store’s video footage, Target indicated that they “found no suspicious behavior.” The statement also read that they are “awaiting conclusions” of their investigation into the case. The findings were also observed by scores of people on social media who rated the initial claims as the best.
The incident compared similar allegations made by members of the New York Police Department, claiming that employees at a local shack tried to poison them. NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison shared details of the investigation being conducted by the city’s Manhattan South Department in June. That investigation also determined that “there was no criminality by Shake Shack’s employees,” and instead wiped the solution off completely on a restaurant machine instead of cleaning it up.