Hasta Muerte Coffee; cops not welcomed

| March 10, 2018 | 90 Comments

Bobo sends a link from KCRA which reports that Hasta Muerte Coffee, an employee-owned co-op in Oakland, California has refused service to police for the “physical and emotional safety of our customers and ourselves.”

Last Friday February 16th a police (OPD) entered our shop and was told by one of our worker-owners that “we have a policy of asking police to leave for the physical and emotional safety of our customers and ourselves.” Since then, cop supporters are trying to publicly shame us online with low reviews because this particular police visitor was Latino. He broadcasted to his network that he was “refused service” at a local business and now the rumblings are spreading.
We know in our experience working on campaigns against police brutality that we are not alone saying that police presence compromises our feeling of physical & emotional safety. There are those that do not share that sentiment – be it because they have a friend or relative who is a police, because they are white or have adopted the privileges whiteness affords, because they are home- or business- owning, or whatever the particular case may be. If they want to make claims about police being part of the community, or claims that race trumps the badge & gun when it comes to police, they must accept that the burden of proof for such a claim is on them. OPDs recent attempts to enlist officers of color and its short term touting of fewer officer involved shootings does not reverse or mend its history of corruption, mismanagement, and scandal, nor a legacy of blatant repression.

I sure hope that their name, “Hasta Muerte”, “Until Death” in English, isn’t prescient.

Category: Dumbass Bullshit

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  1. Flagwaver says:

    If I were the police, I wouldn’t show up to any calls from the business. You know, for the “physical and emotional safety of [their] customers and [them]selves.”

  2. OldManchu says:


  3. 26Limabeans says:

    Nice store front you got there.
    Shame something should happen it.

  4. Hondo says:

    A 911 transcript I’d love to see.

    911: “911, what’s the nature of the emergency?”

    Hasta Muerte: “Someone’s trying to break in! He has a gun and might kill us! We need the police now!”

    911: “Oh, I see your address corresponds to Hasta Muerte Coffee. Hmm . . . the note here says, ‘Police not welcome.’ OK, the police will be there just as soon as you send them a written invitation.”

    Hasta Muerte: “What?!”

    911: “You’ve told the police they’re not welcome at your shop, remember? So they won’t be coming until you invite them in writing.”

    Hasta Muerte: “There’s no time for that! We need help now!”

    911: “Well, then it looks like the name of your coffee shop might have been prophetic. Hope you survive. If not, have a nice funeral.” (click)

  5. The Old Maj says:

    The police will go. They will go on calls there. They will be as nice and professional as they can be. The best revenge is always living well.

  6. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    The coffee shop sells books. In. Oakland. Let me rephrase that. The coffee shop has books for sale.

  7. The Other Whitey says:

    Chínga tu madre, Hasta Muerte Coffee!

  8. Ex-PH2 says:

    Oh, this is why the fine art of insulting idiots needs to be revived.

    Okay, they don’t want the police as customers? Fine. La policia can practice the fine art of responding Chicago-style. Take at least 20 minutes, preferably 35, to get to that address, and stay outside the premises, taking notes. Take statements. Then send the proprietor a bill for services rendered.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      They should also post notices to make their customers feel more… well, comfortable.

      For example: ‘Zona libre de policía’
      or this one: ‘No se permite la policía aquí’

      And make sure there’s a circle with the angled line over the cop’s hat or badge.

    • The Other Whitey says:

      The Supreme Court has ruled that law enforcement agencies have no legal obligation to protect life or property. Oakland PD should therefore exercise their right to reply to any calls from this shop with “Well, sucks to be you!”

  9. NHSparky says:

    Dear coop employee idiots,

    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. Enjoy your decision.

  10. Mick says:

    What in the hell is “emotional safety”?

  11. Gat Cat says:

    Drink some Black Rifle Coffee instead. At least then you wont have to deal with these JOTOS’! ROFLMAO!!

  12. AW1Ed says:

    Just got my monthly installment of Black Rifle Coffee, “Coffee or Die” blend.

    Mmmmmm, that is all.

  13. OldSoldier54 says:

    This is what happens when a generation of metrosexual geldings arise.

  14. Hack Stone says:

    A Christian Baker refusing to bake a wedding cake for a gay wedding is bad, but a coffee shop refusing to serve law enforcement officers is good. Does Hack have that right?

  15. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    I wish I lived there only to walk in, order damn near everything on the menu, plus 16 coffees to go, and then walk out mumbling something about capitalist pigs. They would surely understand, right? They might smile and raise a clenched fist in salute. They wouldn’t mind at all.

  16. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    No way a place with those signs and that name, with that business philosophy, ever passes a health department inspection.

  17. Perry Gaskill says:

    Something to consider is that Hasta Muerte Coffee just proved the main foundation for California’s sanctuary law for illegal immigrants is based on a steaming pile. Those who have been paying attention might remember that supporters of sanctuary cities repeat endlessly that making things hard on La Migra means local cops get the benefit of better cooperation in Latino communities. Something which might prove useful in solving the most violent of crimes.

    So here comes Hasta Muerte saying that all sanctuary policy might actually buy is temporary appeasement on the reconquista march to give California back to Mexico.

    Fuck them. Enough is enough.

  18. timactual says:

    The Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not include occupation in its list of discrimination no-nos regarding public accommodation. Nevertheless I am sure the ACLU, etc., will be trying to rectify that omission by tomorrow.

    In other news, from the website of that establishment—
    “Hasta Muerte Coffee es una nueva cafetería operada colectivamente por gente de color”

    My Spanish ain’t that great, but I think it means that the establishment is run either by or for people of color. In either case I think a case could be made for racial discrimination in either hiring or serving.

  19. Someone should throw a pack of Black Cat firecrackers thru the door of hasta Muerte and watch with glee as the snowflakes spill their overpriced Jo, duck for cover and urinate in their pants.

  20. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    I bet that place is frequented by types like whatshisface that told us there is nothing to fear about Communism.

  21. NHSparky says:

    Oh, and dear Beth Stewart:


  22. gitarcarver says:

    A McDonald’s near me recently had a similar situation where when a cop pulled through the drive through, the person in the window refused to serve them.

    McDonald’s said they have corrected the problem but refused to say whether that “correction” involved the termination of the employee.

    What makes this incident particularly troubling is that the McDonald’s is one of two in the city that hosts a monthly “Coffee and Cops” series where you can go to the restaurant, meet police, and talk about anything you want with them.

    That means everything from bad cops and racial tensions to thanking cops and for acknowledging they do a tough job.

    The second thing that made this odd was that the restaurant had recently changed locations. The old location still had over $25K in restaurant equipment in it. When a group tried to steal the equipment from the old location, they came outside to find the police waiting for them.

    The third thing that made this odd was that 2 years ago, someone had tried to rob the restaurant and the police caught them as well.

    Talk about not being self aware.

    Apparently the employee felt that instead of actually talking with a cop on one of these mornings, she would rather just go with the stereotype and hate all cops.

  23. Ex-PH2 says:

    This ridiculous incident made the local evening news. Apparently, this “stand” does not sit well with the community and the store + owner + co-opers are getting quite a bit of backlash over their “stand”.

    Yeah, if you want a successful business, it’s a good idea to not piss off the people you might need to protect you if someone with a gun and a ‘tude walks in and demands yo’ cash, pendejos!

  24. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    I hope someone opens up a pr0n store and theater next door to them.

  25. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    I wonder how long that place has been in business? I give ‘em a year, maybe two before they go belly up!

  26. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    that name makes it sound like the bad guy’s “secret” gang lair in a cheesy movie.

  27. OWB says:

    It’s OK with me if they want to refuse service to anyone or any group based on whatever criteria they wish to use. Only those folks who contributed to start up costs or pay the mortgage or the taxes have a say. It’s simply none of my business, no matter how stupid I think their decision might be. Let them pay the consequences or reap the benefits of their decision.

    The problem is that the same people who feel free to play out their delusions this way demand that the rest of us also live according to their delusions. I’m not OK with that.

  28. ALVO says:

    When a large sheet of plywood is nailed over what used to be your front window….well…let us just say that people of ALL COLORS tend to shy away from spending their hard earned dollars there.
    A boss of a mobbed up restaurant that tried to screw me out of a VERY hard earned paycheck (it bounced at the bank!!) ,while I was starving in college, also realized the error of his poor decision and paid me in cash right there when I presented the options. Maybe I was stupid but I got my damned money and he kept his front window.

  29. Green Thumb says:

    I prefer Chai.

    Problem solved on my end.

    To hell with these clowns.

  30. Spurwing Plover says:

    Well then just totaly boycott the place and hope they get robbed a lot just another stink hole run by intollerent liberals

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