A 21-year-old Starbucks worker in Park Ridge, New Jersey, was “arrogant enough to be bragging about” spitting in the drinks of police officers.
Kevin Trejo admitted that he spit in the drinks of police officers, according to the authorities.
In a report from NJ.com, Chief Joseph Madden called Trejo’s actions “very disturbing,” after he boasted and show no remorse about his disgusting deed.
Authorities said that Trejo’s charges include subjecting a law enforcement officer to bodily fluid, purposely tampering with a law enforcement officer’s drink, and creating a hazardous environment.
Park Ridge Police Capt. Joseph Rampolla told the outlet that “under the current COVID threat, it is extremely disturbing to think that someone would intentionally spit in your drink.”
A spokesperson for Starbucks confirmed the incident to NorthJersey.com and said Kevin Trejo has been fired.
The spokesperson added, “We will continue to support Park Ridge Police in their investigation and have a deep respect for the Park Ridge Police Department and the officers who help keep our partners and communities safe.”
Park Ridge Police Chief Joseph Madden, thanked the management of the store for “their sincere cooperation” and said it appears Trejo acted alone.
However, losing his job was the least of his concerns. Trejo was arrested on charges of subjecting a law enforcement officer to bodily fluid, purposely tampering with a law enforcement officer’s drink, and creating a hazardous environment, despite the fact that it was unclear how many times he allegedly spit in drinks or how many officers’ drinks were tainted, However, losing his job was the least of his concerns.
Rampolla said, “We believe this was an isolated act, but it does not remove the shock and disgust that our officers feel.”
Since the location has historically enjoyed an amicable relationship with local police and even hosted numerous “Coffee with a Cop” events, Trejo’s actions don’t seem to be at all what the Park Ridge coffee shop is all about.
In a statement, Patrick Colligan, president of the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association said,that “officers risk their lives daily; it shouldn’t be while getting coffee,” and we couldn’t agree more. Sadly, however, there seems to be mounting animosity towards law enforcement in our society that’s making even mundane tasks risky.
According to The Blaze:
With a growing anti-cop sentiment in many communities across our country, law enforcement officers are often the target of discrimination, attacks, and utter disrespect. In fact, just before news broke of Kevin Trejo’s arrest, a frequent participant in Occupy City Hall protests in New York City was even caught on surveillance video allegedly trying to cut the brake lines of a police van in Brooklyn.
As Trejo has shown, even getting a cup of coffee isn’t safe. Sadly, he is far from the only person to make getting a cup of joe an ugly experience for an officer. It’s not unique to Starbucks either. Dunkin Donuts has had its fair share of controversy too. In a case out of Chicago, very similar to this one, a 25-year-old employee was arrested for “hocking a loogie” in a cop’s coffee.
Having their drink spit in isn’t the only trouble an officer can face. When an off-duty Des Moines, Iowa police sergeant tried to pick up a cup of coffee at a local Dunkin Donuts, he was forced to leave due to the allegedly “racist” ballcap he was wearing. However, the hat simply displayed the “thin blue line” flag. Of course, all of this is mild compared to the physical attacks on law enforcement that plague our news on a regular basis.
As the president of the New Jersey State, Policemen’s Benevolent Association said, cops, face enough as they risk their lives on a daily basis to keep the rest of us safe. Getting a cup of coffee shouldn’t come with the danger of being subjected to bodily fluid, which is a form of assault and has been criminalized in the vast majority of states. Hopefully, Kevin Trejo and this story can serve as a warning for anyone thinking of committing such a disgusting act.
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