Based on the evidence, investigators concluded that the item may have been a cleaning cloth commonly used by store employees.
“The investigation failed to prove malicious intentions on the part of the store employee,” it said on Tuesday.
On June 19, an unidentified Los Angeles police officer said he found an item in his drink purchased at the Starbucks store inside the Target store at the Diamond Bar, about 30 miles from Los Angeles.
The 36-year-old said he used a credit card that had “significant features”, meaning he was a police officer to purchase the drink. He went to the bathroom while the drink was being prepared, and returned when it was almost over, according to the report.
As soon as he began to drink in the vehicle, he tasted the “loose substance of the tissue”; inside his mouth. He stopped drinking it, opened it and wrote down “a tubular … figured object that was inside his drink,” the statement said. At the time, the officer said that what he considered a tampon was “intentionally” placed in his drink because he was a police officer.
Target immediately issued a statement and shared surveillance footage with the authorities. “We take this allegation seriously. We have reviewed the videos and found no suspicious behavior,” they said shortly after the incident.
Starbucks was on target, and its employees were sales staff. Starbucks has postponed all comments on the latest development for Target.
“It happened at a Starbucks licensed store inside Target so they could own the investigation. They also need to have more information about what happened,” a Starbucks spokesman told CNN on Wednesday night.
CNN reached out to Target.
Investigators found that the cleaning solution used to clean the milking machine had not been completely cleaned and may have gotten into the officers’ drinks. Shake Shack officers found no misconduct at New York City police.