Seattle chocolate store 'Chocolati' slammed on social media after an employee refused service on Tuesday afternoon to two Seattle police officers.
The Post Millennial reported Tuesday that a Seattle police officer and a trainee walked into Chocolati on N. 45th Street in the Wallingford neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon. The officer was ignored by a white female employee with green streaks in her hair. When the officer got her attention, he asked for a box of chocolates and the employee said, "No, I won’t serve you."
After The Post Millennial exposed the volatile incident, the employee’s decision to refuse service backfired and individual’s took to social media to slam Chocolati and show their overwhelming support for the Seattle Police Department.
"I would like to order 100 boxes of your very finest chocolates for the fine constables of the Seattle Police Department. Genuine offer. How will I go about this, please?," said a user on Twitter responding to one of Chocolati’s post.
Another user on Twitter wrote, "Going to boycott you for your treatment of police and your foul mouth employee."
"I’m sad that theses delicious chocolates are made by those who preach patience, tolerance, acceptance, but yet do not follow what they preach. Jumping to conclusions about others does not help with police reform, it just makes you look shallow and hateful," another user indicated on Twitter.
These comments are just a small sample of the thousands of comments Chocolati received showing support for the Seattle police officers since the initial release of the incident.
The Post Millennial has learned this is not the first time the Seattle chocolate store has shown their blatant hatred of cops. A Seattle police officer serving under the North Precinct informed The Post Millennial that they endured a hostile experience at Chocolati on 7810 E Green Lake Dr. N.
On Valentine’s Day, the Seattle police officer ordered a beverage at Chocolati on Green Lake. After receiving the beverage, an employee handed the officer their drink and said, "Say hello to Anderson and McNew." Both Anderson and McNew are Seattle police officers that were involved in the police-involved shooting of Charleena Lyles back in June of 2017.
Charleena Lyles pulled a knife on Anderson and McNew as she was suffering an apparent mental health crisis, which led to the officers making a split second decision to shoot Ms. Lyles. Charges were dropped against both Anderson and McNew by a King County Superior Court Judge in 2019.
Worried that the drink was subject to being tampered with by the Chocolati employee, the officer requested the drink to be re-made. The officer’s request was met with hostility by multiple employees at the Seattle chocolate store, but the employees ultimately fulfilled the request of the officer.
Once the SPD officer received their drink, one of the Chocolati employees took the beverage that was previously returned and drank it while making deep eye-contact with the officer. The SPD officer told The Post Millennial that they were a frequent customer of this store and this incident left them "heartbroken."
The Post Millennial attempted to call Chocolati looking for a statement from the manager or owner on Wednesday but the shop’s phones were disabled at all four of their Seattle locations.
When The Post Millennial initially called the store Tuesday asking for comment regarding the irreprehensible incident, an employee responded with, "You really want to spend your time getting essential workers in trouble?" then proceeded to say, "Go f-ck yourself."
A caller to The Post Millennial's Ari Hoffman on 570 KVI claimed that he bought several boxes from the store to bring to the local police precinct. The caller claimed that an employee at the store told the cutomer that the other employee "Doesn't speak for all of us."