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Given the repeated abuses law enforcement officers have experienced when visiting Starbucks coffee shops, it’s a wonder officers bother to darken the company’s doors.

The latest incident took place at an Oklahoma Starbucks, when a barista wrote “Pig” on the label for a police officer’s order — on Thanksgiving Day, no less.

Kiefer Police Chief Johnny O’Mara took to Facebook to share his frustration over the cup handed to one of his officers, who visited a Starbucks in Glenpool to get coffee for dispatchers working the holiday.

“So… one of my on-duty officers decides to do something nice for our dispatchers,” he said. “It’s Thanksgiving Day; our dispatchers are under appreciated as it is. My officer goes to Starbucks to get the dispatchers coffee as a thank you for all they do (especially when they’re working a holiday.)

“This is what he gets for being nice.”

O’Mara included a photo the label, which reads “Pig.”

“What irks me is the absolute and total disrespect for a police officer who, instead of being home with family and enjoying a meal and a football game, is patrolling his little town,” he added.

Starbuck’s spokesman Jory Mendes told Fox 25 News in a statement the incident is “absolutely unacceptable” and the barista was suspended pending an investigation.

“We have also apologized directly to [the officer] and we are working to connect with the police chief as well as to express our remorse,” the release said. “The barista has been suspended pending the outcome of our investigation into this matter. This language is offensive to all law enforcement and is not representative of the deep appreciation we have for police officers who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe.”

In an interview with ABC affiliate KTUL, O’Mara called the incident “gut wrenching.”

Chief O’Mara said on Facebook that he called the store and they offered to “replace the coffee with a correct label,” in effect, bring the cups back and they would relabel them, as he explained to KTUL.

“The proverb ‘Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me’ came to mind,” he wrote.

He also suggested that officers on duty looking for a cup of coffee “use a place where you pour your own and you’re certain of what’s in it.”

The police chief intimated that the insulting incident is “just another little flag” of the state of our society that leaves cops asking themselves more often: “Why am I doing this?”

“Just pour the coffee, please,” he concluded. “Are we at a point where a task as simple as pouring an exceptionally overpriced cup of coffee is so complicated that it cannot be accomplished without ‘expressing oneself?'”

Here’s a quick sampling of some of the responses to the story from Twitter:

Tom Tillison

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