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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

High-Ranking Daytona Beach Cop Fired Over Coffee Threats

Lt. Major Garvin, a long-time officer with the Daytona Beach Police Department, was fired, accused by police of intimidating Starbucks' employees.

In an internal investigation report, employees at the Starbucks alleged Lt. Garvin was a frequent visitor, sometimes going in six times a shift. He would order white mocha's or passion iced teas and refuse to pay, allegedly saying officers get coffees for free.

Employees said officers do get coffee for free, but regular ones, not specialties.

After several arguments, employees said the lieutenant told them, "If something happens we could respond really fast or really slow. I'm the difference between you getting a two minute response time or a 15 minute response time."

"I think it’s sad," Daytona Beach Police Chief Michael Chitwood said. "First it makes us, in the policing profession look like a bunch of clowns for a free cup of coffee? He makes $80,000-$90,000 a year. Why?"

The chief said after Lt. Garvin was confronted with the allegations, he demanded a polygraph test and failed.

A disappointed chief added he had no other choice but to fire the veteran officer.

"I'm personally hurt by this," the chief said. "I trusted him, and I personally put him in charge. I skipped over other officers for his promotion."

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