After an employee at the Chocolati Cafe chocolate shop in Seattle refused to serve two police officers, the shop has announced the employee has been fired, with the owner of the shop explaining “it was in the best interest of both parties to part ways with the team member.”
Last Tuesday, a police officer and a trainee walked into Chocolati looking for some mid-shift chocolates and, according to sources in SPD with knowledge of the events, were completely ignored by the employee working the register, a white female with green streaks in her hair. After the officer asked for a box of chocolates, the employee retorted, “No, I won’t serve you.” The officers then left chocolate-less.
The Post Millennial reached out to the store for comment and, after being informed of the reason for the call, the employee who answered the call snapped, “Is this how you want to spend your time? Getting essential workers in trouble?”
The employee continued, “Shouldn’t you be spending your time harassing homeless people?”
After asking for a number for the owner or manager, the employee responded,”You really want to spend your time getting essential workers in trouble?” The Post Millennial settled by explaining the employee they would contact the manager or owner another time, to which the employee agreed then added, “…and go F*** yourself.”
The Post Millennial also noted, fFollowing the publication of this article, another police officer contacted The Post Millennial with a similar story from a different date where they were refused service at the Chocolati location on E. Green Lake Dr. N.”
Following the incident, Chocolati manager Christian Wong issued a statement on Facebook, defending the employee’s freedom of speech.
“We have recently become aware of an incident that occurred with a team member and an officer of the Seattle Police Department who was refused service,” the statement read. “Although we do respect this team member’s freedom of speech, the actions in this instance do not represent our views as a company. We are actively working directly with this team member and the local precinct to create a more inviting, inclusive and cohesive community for all.”
Two days later, however, Wong issued a second statement, announcing the firing of the employee.
“As soon as I learned of this incident, we worked to understand the facts of what took place, and we spoke directly with the team member involved,” Wong wrote. “We also spoke with the Sergeant of our local SPD precinct. After fully understanding the facts of this incident, we came to the mutual conclusion that it was in the best interest of both parties to part ways with the team member involved in this incident.”
“I look forward to meeting on Sunday with the SPD officer involved in this incident to personally apologize – just as I would apologize to any customer who was refused service on the basis of an employee’s personal views,” Wong finished.
This incident exemplifies a hostile anti-cop environment in Seattle, driving cops out in droves. Interim Police Chief Adrian Diaz described the situation as a “staffing crisis beyond mitigation” and warned that the police department would have to begin saying “no to requests for services” as a result of the shortage.
Sources from the Seattle Police Department announced the department now has the lowest deployable number of officers since the 1980s after a record 193 officers left the department in 2020 amidst riots and anti-cop sentiments pervading the city. In exit interviews, 2/3 of officers cited the City Council’s treatment of officers as a major reason for their departures.