Starbucks employee sacked for writing 'pig' on cop's hot chocolate

Starbucks has apologised following the incident.
Starbucks has apologised following the incident. Photo credit: Police via KTUL

A US Starbucks employee has been fired for writing "pig" on a police officer's hot chocolate. 

The Oklahoma cop was picking up coffees on thanksgiving to show appreciation for his colleagues. 

Starbucks has apologised and says it's launched an internal investigation.

"This is absolutely unacceptable and we are deeply sorry to the law enforcement officer who experienced this," Starbucks spokesperson Jory Mendes told local news station KTUL.

"We have also apologised directly to him and we are working to connect with the police chief as well to express our remorse.

"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 October, the franchise was in the spotlight in the UK after a video emerged of an employee telling a homeless man he couldn't eat his purchased meal on the cafe's premises.

The man, heavily bearded and wearing ripped jeans and an open jacket and no shirt, sits silently as the man who paid for the meal argues with the staff member and security guard.

Starbucks told local news outlet Your Southend the argument was "not indicative of the environment we strive to create".

That incident came just days after Starbucks staff in Chelsea forced a man suffering bowel disease to get out of the disabled toilet because he'd been in there for more than 20 minutes.

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