Item found in officer’s Starbucks cafe was not a tampon, Los Angeles investigators say


Based on evidence, investigators concluded that the item may have been a cleaning cloth commonly used by store employees, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, which investigated the case.

“The investigation failed to prove any malicious intent on the part of the store employee,” he said Tuesday.

On June 19, an unidentified Los Angeles Police Department officer reported finding the item in his drink purchased at a Starbucks at a Target store in Diamond Bar – about 30 miles from Los Angeles.

The 36-year-old said he used a credit card that had “significant features” implying that he was a police officer to purchase the drink. He used the bathroom while the drink was being brewed and returned when it was almost done, according to the report.

Once he started sipping the drink in the vehicle, he tasted the “furry cloth substance” in his mouth. He stopped drinking it, opened it and recorded “the tubular object that was inside his drink,” the report said. At the time, the officer said that what he believed to be a tampon was “intentionally” placed in his drink because he was a police officer.Target immediately issued a statement and shared footage from surveillance cameras with authorities. “We take this allegation seriously. We looked at video footage and found no suspicious behavior, ”he said shortly after the incident.

Starbucks was in a target and its employees are employees of the retail chain. Starbucks deferred all comments on the latest development to Target.

“It took place at a licensed Starbucks store inside a Target, so they own the investigation. They should also have more information on what happened, ”a Starbucks spokesperson told CNN on Wednesday night.

CNN a contacté Target.

The incident came days after three New York City police officers said they felt bad after drinking shakes at a Shake Shack restaurant in Manhattan. Local police unions have demanded action, claiming the police were intentionally poisoned.

Investigators determined that a cleaning solution used to clean the milkshake machines was not fully cleaned and could have entered officers’ drinks. The New York Police Department found no wrongdoing by Shake Shack employees.


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