//NJ officer on Starbucks workers arrest for spitting in cops drinks: Unnerving amid a pandemic

NJ officer on Starbucks workers arrest for spitting in cops drinks: Unnerving amid a pandemic

After a New Jersey Starbucks worker was charged Monday for spitting in police officers’ drinks, the Park Ridge Police Division is in search of solutions.

In a Wednesday interview on “Fox & Friends,” Park Ridge Police Division Lt. James Babcock stated that whereas the investigation into 21-year-old Kevin Trejo continues to be ongoing, the incident had been confirmed.

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Trejo was arrested for subjecting a regulation enforcement officer to bodily fluid, purposely tampering with a regulation enforcement officer’s drink and making a hazardous setting.

FILE - This June 26, 2019 file photo shows a Starbucks sign outside a Starbucks coffee shop in downtown Pittsburgh. Starbucks Corp. reports financial earns on Wednesday, Oct. 30. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

FILE – This June 26, 2019 file photograph reveals a Starbucks signal outdoors a Starbucks espresso store in downtown Pittsburgh. Starbucks Corp. stories monetary earns on Wednesday, Oct. 30. (AP Photograph/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Babcock instructed the “Associates” hosts that his power is “involved” and that the COVID-19 pandemic “provides one other stage” to the alleged motion.

“It is simply unnerving that we may go into a spot, attempt to seize a cup of espresso and must take care of that after we’re making an attempt to, you realize, simply seize a break,” he stated.

“So, lots of our guys are clearly upset; rightfully so. However, we’re, you realize, we have now to, you realize, battle by way of this. We now have to be sturdy. And, we have now to nonetheless serve our group…” Babcock famous, including that his fellow officers have “been comparatively healthy” and “hope it stays that means.”

In a statement, the Park Ridge police stated the incident gave the impression to be remoted, and investigators had been grateful for the espresso large’s cooperation.

Starbucks instructed Fox Enterprise on Tuesday that Trejo was fired from the retailer and apologized to the Park Ridge Police Division.

“We will continue to support Park Ridge police in support of their investigation and have a deep respect for the Park Ridge Police Department and the officers who help keep our partners and communities safe,” a Starbucks spokesman stated. “We want everyone who comes into our stores to receive a positive experience and when that doesn’t occur, we move quickly to address it and hold ourselves accountable.”

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“I imply, being from a small group, we have now an awesome relationship with all of our businesses that at all times assist our policing packages. The Park Ridge Starbucks has at all times supported our efforts,” stated Babcock.

“And, [we] really feel that the poor actions of 1 particular person do not converse for the great workers of that firm that actually look after us,” he concluded.

Fox Enterprise’ Frank Miles contributed to this report.