With Islamofacists ramping up operations in Afghanistan and trying to get a foothold in the United States, with an avowed America-hating doofus running for president, and hundreds of other pressing National issues, the NYTimes decides to focus its energies on a story of a police officer who is accused of accepting free Starbucks coffee in exchange "for his services."
|On one side, employees of a Starbucks in Daytona Beach, Fla., have accused a police officer of offering his services on the condition of “free passion tea and coffee laced with white chocolate mocha syrup,” according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal. On the other, Lt. Major Garvin, a 15-year veteran of the force who challenges “the veracity of the accuser.”It’s the coffee chain that people love to hate versus a cop allegedly trading the public’s trust for its fancy drinks. Is he a hero for refusing to cave to absurdly high prices at Starbucks? Or even more of a rogue for preferring the store in the first place — why not scam a mom-and-pop shop? The possibilities are endlessly ridiculous.His superiors have already decided their part, firing Mr. Garvin after he failed a lie detector test on the accusations..|
Some shops give the police a free drink on the assumption that the officer will stay in the store and drink it. Sometimes having a uniformed officer standing there for 10 minutes will dissuade criminal activities.
Something just doesn't add up on this one. The story says that this Lieutenant visited the Starbucks store upwards of 6 times per tour. But the Starbucks manager claims that this cop said if he didn't get his froo-froo drink he'd be able to affect the response time to the store in the case of an emergency.
Come on! This is a bit of an exaggeration as the Lieutenant doesn't have control over "response times" from the officers on his watch.
On the other hand, it would fit that some pompous ass white shirt could go into a Starbucks and demand free service. It wouldn't take too much of a strain on the imagination to see that one coming.
Here is the full story via USAToday.
We all know someone who abuses the "free drink" courtesy at some shops. I've even written about it myself. We had this guy in our district who'd spend upwards of 3 hours on-duty eating soup at a local White Hen. He ate so much of it (three 16 ounce containers) that they were thinking of changing their free-soup courtesy for police officers. Coppers always find a way to ruin a good thing when it comes their way.