Oakland cafe won’t serve police

Oakland cafe won’t serve police

[Ed. – Then police shouldn’t serve the cafe employees in the event of a robbery.]

Cops and coffee shops usually go hand in hand, but for at least one cafe, a uniformed cop is considered persona non java.

It all started when an Oakland police sergeant stopped by Hasta Muerte Coffee in the Fruitvale District to introduce himself and to buy a cup. But the sergeant was denied service.

According to a letter sent to the cafe by the Oakland police union, cafe staff told the sergeant that it “does not serve the police. Obviously, this is both a surprise and a matter of concern for all Oakland police officers.”

It’s a surprise to many residents as well. “I don’t know what they got against them,” said Roberto Lopez.

Another resident, who wished only to be identified as “T,” agreed, saying, “I think it’s cold blooded. I don’t understand that.”

The cafe hasn’t responded to the police union’s letter sent two weeks ago requesting an explanation. Cafe managers declined to comment to KTVU.

But Oakland City Councilmember Noel Gallo, who represents the Fruitvale District, spoke to cafe managers Thursday and confirmed it’s still the business’ unwritten policy not to serve the men and women in blue.

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