Perhaps, Starbucks should focus more on a better cup of coffee and less on social engineering.
A New York Police Department sergeant is blaming a Midtown Starbucks for the beat down a homeless man tried to administer on him after the business ignored a request to stop feeding the indigent.
— New York Post Metro (@nypmetro) April 26, 2018
Sgt. Timothy Wall expressed his dismay over the Starbucks handing out free food to the homeless because it was causing disturbances, according to the New York Post.
“I warned that someone would end up getting hurt — it was an unsafe environment. It turned out to be me,” Wall told The Post, after being assaulted by a vagrant.
But Starbucks can’t seem to fall on the right side of an issue if they tried — and it’s questionable if they do try.
Despite ’80 disturbances by vagrants’ in the area surrounding the coffee shop in 2017 alone according to Wall’s suit, Starbucks says the officer has no one to blame but himself. The company argued that Wall brought on his injuries through his own “culpable conduct … and assumption of risk,” The Post reported, citing response papers filed in February.
Wall, identified as a community-affairs officer with the Midtown South Precinct, said they have repeatedly told managers at the branch to stop giving away food because it attracted emotionally troubled people who break the law and cause disturbances.
And that’s just what happened in Sept, when Wall responded to a homeless guy with discriminating taste, who was taking issue with the freshness of his free croissant roll.
The man ended up shoving the officer and aggravating a previous shoulder injury that would require surgery and ongoing physical therapy.
Interestingly, baristas at the store effectively told The Post fughetta’ bout’ it, we don’t know anything about any food giveaways.
“The food donation program described in the complaint does not exist,” a Starbucks spokesman said.
Kinda like the company has no policy that non-paying customers cannot loiter in their stores?
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