Cop Attacked in Starbucks!

A cop attacked and perhaps disabled in Starbucks is suing the retail chain, claiming they attracted unsafe people by giving them free food.

A cop attacked at a Starbucks in New York City by a homeless man claims his career may be over because of the injury he sustained. Furthermore he is suing the store because he claims he warned them that giving away free food to the homeless was attracting violent criminals.

Starbucks is denying giving away food.

But while this story stays local, the story of the two loitering trespassers who were arrested after refusing to leave went national and hysterical. Without taking time to investigate the story, the CEO of Starbucks basically admitted the store was guilty of racism. What a contrast with them now, denying any wrongdoing.

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The media ought to broadcast this story just as widely as they broadcast the “racist Starbucks” story. There is a reason why shops should discourage loitering. They need to do it for the sake of safety.

CBS New York reports, “EXCLUSIVE: NYPD Sgt. Suing Starbucks After Violent Encounter In Busy Midtown Location Speaks Out.

An injury sustained in a violent scuffle inside a Midtown Starbucks could spell the premature end of an NYPD sergeant’s career.

Sgt. Timothy Wall says it all could have been prevented if the coffee chain had just listened to him. He claims he warned them for over a year if they didn’t change their policy when it comes to giving free food to people who are emotionally disturbed, someone was going to get hurt.

He just had no idea it would be him.


On September 28th, 2017, Wall responded to a call for “a disturbed and violent individual” at the popular coffee shop […]. It’s a spot Wall says is notorious for complaints of harassment from disorderly men.

“Assaults at the location, drug use in the bathroom,” he said.

On that particular day it was a 24-year-old homeless man who was making threats, unhappy with the free croissant he had just gotten from employees.

“He said he wanted to kill everyone at the location,” Wall said. “He went to grab the bag stating he was going to kill everyone… We didn’t know what was in the bag, so we couldn’t take the risk.”

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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