Starbucks brews up trouble again

To the editor:

Once again, we have yet another embarrassing matter involving Starbucks.

After seeing the recent news story regarding a Starbucks store in Tempe, Ariz., this week, I felt compelled to comment.

According to the news reports I’ve seen and read, employees at the store asked six police officers to leave simply because a customer “did not feel safe in their presence.” Reportedly, a barista asked the officers to move out of the customer’s line of sight or leave. Disappointed, the officers did, in fact, leave. This disrespectful treatment of our nation’s public service workers could not be more disheartening and unbelievable to me as well as the many other people I’ve spoken to about this ridiculous story. I understand that Starbucks Corporate has apologized for the action of the employee(s).

I personally have a much better solution to this matter. If this one particular customer “did not feel safe” with these police officers in the store, then he or she should’ve left, not the officers.

I, like most people I know and have spoken with about this, don’t have a issue with police officers in a establishment like this. In fact, I’d have to say I’d personally feel better about them being there.

Just a thought to close with: Where has all the appreciation and respect for our police as well as other public safety workers gone these days?



Cover the D-Braves, please

To the editor:

I am writing in reference to the Danville Register & Bee refusing to provide coverage of the Danville Braves in the paper each day.

The D-Braves might be the only minor league team in America that their own local daily newspaper doesn’t provide coverage and print box scores. Each day I see newspaper coverage of Lynchburg Hillcats, Salem Red Sox, Richmond Flying Squirrels and Durham Bulls, but no Danville Braves.

Baseball fans who are readers of the Register & Bee deserve better.



Terrific covage of gang war

To the editor:

Appreciation goes to James Whitlow, reporter for the Register & Bee, for his comprehensive, astute and understandable article on gang warfare in Danville that appeared in the July 7 issue of the paper.



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