WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- An LAPD officer claims that he found a tampon on his coffee order.
- The Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department opened an investigation following the incident.
- The public questions this narrative because of similar false claims, and points out that the object in question is not a tampon.
A Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer alleged that an employee working at Starbucks put tampon into his Frappuccino order. The LAPD Police Union said that this incident is a “disgusting assault” on law enforcement officers, but people on the internet questioned the narrative following numerous false alarms comparable to this allegation.
Off-duty, the police officer ordered his coffee around 2:30 PM, Friday at Starbucks in Diamond Bar, California. The media report, citing sources, indicates that the police officer was not in uniform on the day of the incident but used his police union debit card for the purchase. The incident report was filed the following week, three days after.
“This disgusting assault on a police officer was carried out by someone with hatred in their heart and who lacks human decency. We hope they are publicly exposed, fired, arrested, and prosecuted for their cowardly and repugnant actions,” said LAPD union in a statement.
FOX 11 Reporter Bill Melugin posted about the incident on a social media post with a picture of the tampon. However, people on the internet continue to questions this narrative because of other false claims and some pointed out that the object on the picture was not a tampon.
“for a while this morning i kept thinking to myself, “did a reporter put in this much work and not even realise this isn’t a tampon?” one user wrote.
“that looks like a white dude’s dreadlock, not a blood soaked tampon. are you kidding me right now lol,” another wrote.
The Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department puts into evidence the surveillance tape from the coffee stand, which is located inside Target.
Target denied the allegations and is helping with the police investigation.
“We have reviewed video footage and have not found any suspicious behavior,” said in a statement.
This comes a week after an incident where police officers claimed that employees at a fast-food-eatery in New York “poisoned” their milkshakes.
Source: New York Post