An employee at a Park Ridge Starbucks boldly “bragged” about spitting in the drinks of police officers, authorities said.

Shockingly, the arrogant employee didn’t even try to deny it.

The 21-year-old Kevin Trejo was “arrogant enough to be bragging about it,” which is what led police to question him, Chief Joseph Madden said.

Trejo boldly admitted to the spitting, leaving many in shock and disgust. “It is extremely disturbing to think that someone would intentionally spit in your drink,” Park Ridge Police Capt. Joseph Rampolla said.

Trejo’s actions were condemned by the president of the New Jersey Policeman Benevolent Association in a statement. “Every time I think we as a society hit bottom, there is a new incident,” Patrick Colligan with the NJPBA said. “Officers risk their lives daily, it shouldn’t be while getting coffee.”

Kevin Trejo
Kevin Trejo (Photo Credit: Park Ridge PD)

Thankfully, Trejo’s employer agreed. A spokesperson for the coffee chain confirmed that  Trejo has also been fired from his position and apologized to the Park Ridge Police Department, which confirmed it appeared to be an isolated incident.

“This individual’s behavior was reprehensible and not at all a reflection of how our employees treat our customers on a daily basis,” the spokesperson said. “We want everyone who comes into our stores to receive a positive experience and when that doesn’t occur, we move quickly to address it and hold ourselves accountable.”

Trejo was charged on Monday with subjecting a law enforcement officer to contact with bodily fluid, knowingly tampering with a cup of coffee that was ordered by an officer, and creating a hazardous or physically dangerous condition. “Under the current COVID threat, it is extremely disturbing to think that someone would intentionally spit in your drink,” Capt. Joseph Rampolla told

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Police chief Madden thanked management “for their sincere cooperation. We have had an extremely positive relationship with this business establishment and they have welcomed our community policing initiatives. “

“We believe this was an isolated act but it does not remove the shock and disgust that our officers feel,” the Police chief said

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