LAPD investigates tampon found in officer’s Starbucks Frappuccino, a potential felony

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a potential felony after a report that an officer allegedly found a tampon in his Starbucks drink.

An off duty LAPD officer reportedly found the feminine hygiene product halfway through drinking the Frappuccino which was purchased at a Starbucks location inside of a Target store in eastern Los Angeles County, California, on Friday.

(Source: Fox 11)

Surveillance video from the store was reportedly being reviewed by detectives in order to determine who is responsible for the disgusting act which, according to California law, is considered food tampering. Anyone working at the particular Starbucks counter is considered a Target employee since the coffee shop is a licensee of Target at this location, according to Fox 11.

The officer was off-duty at the time of the incident but reportedly used his police credit union debit card to purchase the cold drink, apparently tipping off the responsible individual that he was an LAPD officer. Bill Melugin of Fox 11 reported that, upon finding the object halfway through his drink, the angry officer went back to the Starbucks location, confronting the employee about the tampering.

In the exchange, the officer reportedly handed the cup back, leaving him without the evidence.

“This disgusting assault on a police officer was carried out by someone with hatred in their heart and who lacks human decency,” The LA Police Protective League said in a statement. “We hope they are publicly exposed, fired, arrested, and prosecuted for their cowardly and repugnant actions.”

According to California law, food tampering is a felony and can result in prison sentences up to five years.

Every person who willfully mingles any poison or harmful substance with any food, drink, medicine, or pharmaceutical product or who willfully places any poison or harmful substance in any spring, well, reservoir, or public water supply, where the person knows or should have known that the same would be taken by any human being to his or her injury, is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for two, four, or five years.


The Fox 11 reporter’s tweets about the incident sparked some social media criticism, bringing up the “Shake Shack hoax” in which three police officers in New York were taken to the hospital after drinking milkshakes at a Manhattan Shake Shack that they believe had been tainted with bleach.

But after a full investigation, NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison announced that “there was no criminality” by the employees.

Many Twitter users questioned the validity of the Starbucks tampon incident, arguing that the object was not, in fact, a feminine hygiene product.

Responding to critics on Twitter, Fox 11’s Melugin asserted that he had checked “multiple independent sources and this didn’t come from the union.”

“A police report has been filed, LASD reviewing video, and if the officer made it up, that’s filing a false report. That’s criminal,” he added.

Other Twitter users unloaded on the continued attack on law enforcement.


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