Diamond Bar, CA – An off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer claimed he found a tampon in his Starbuck’s Frappuccino after he paid for his drink using his police credit union debit card on Friday.
The incident allegedly occurred at the Starbucks store inside Target on Grand Avenue at approximately 2:30 p.m., KTTV reported.
The off-duty officer was not in uniform when he purchased his drink, but the police credit union debit card he used to complete the transaction may have provided a clue about his employment, sources told the news outlet.
The 36-year-old officer allegedly discovered the tampon after he had already consumed half of his Frappuccino.
He said he stormed back into the business and confronted the workers before leaving the cup with them, KTTV reported.
According to the news outlet, the Starbucks location is a licensee of the Target store and is manned by Target employees.
The officer reported the alleged incident to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LACSD) Walnut station, and an investigation is currently underway, KTTV reported.
“Walnut Station Detectives are investigating an incident of alleged poisoning of food or drink at a local business,” the LACSD confirmed.
Investigators said they are also reviewing security footage from inside the Starbuck’s shop.
The Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) denounced the incident as a “disgusting assault on a police officer,” KTTV reported.
The assault “was carried out by someone with hatred in their heart and who lacks human decency,” the LAPPL said. “We hope they are publicly exposed, fired, arrested, and prosecuted for their cowardly and repugnant actions.”
Target said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon that it has been cooperating with investigators looking into the alleged incident.
“We take this allegation seriously. We have reviewed video footage and have not found any suspicious behavior,” the company said. “We have shared the video with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and look forward to the conclusions of their investigation.”