Diamond Bar, CA – Investigators have determined that the foreign material an off-duty Los Angeles police officer found in his Starbucks Frappuccino was not a tampon, but said it was likely a rag used to clean the store.
It is unclear why the rag ended up in the off-duty officer’s cup.
“The investigation was unable to prove malicious intent on the part of the store employee,” the LACSD said.
The incident occurred at the Starbucks store inside Target on Grand Avenue at approximately 2:30 p.m. on June 19, 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.
According to the LACSD, the 36-year-old officer said he had already consumed half of his Frappuccino when he tasted a “furry cloth substance” in his mouth,” The Mercury News reported.
When he opened the lid, he found a “tubular…shaped object which was inside of his drink,” the sheriff’s office said.
The officer photographed the item, which he said he initially believed was a tampon that had been “intentionally” placed in his drink, The Mercury News reported.
He said he felt he was targeted because of his job as a law enforcement officer.
The officer said he stormed back into the business and confronted the workers before leaving the cup with them, KTTV reported.
The Starbucks location is a licensee of the Target store and is manned by Target employees.
Target issued a statement shortly after the incident and shared store surveillance footage with investigators, The Mercury News reported.
“We take this allegation seriously. We have reviewed video footage and have not found any suspicious behavior,” the business said at the time.