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Coffee Shop Gets Hate Mail For Firing Employee Who Refused To Serve Cop

They're trying to run a small business in a community that's struggled, now they're having to defend themselves for firing a woman who refused to serve a local police officer.

McKees Rocks coffee shop where an employee refused to serve a police officer.

Just one look from the outside and you can tell there's a hint this might not be your typical coffee shop in McKees Rocks, PA. Inside, Black Forge Coffee certainly does not feel like a Starbucks, and that's the point according to owner Ashley Corts.

But don't let the "dark" themed space fool you. The upside-down pentagram over the stage and other pagan-ish decor with death metal music playing is all part of the shtick. Appearances aside, Ashley says this is a place that wants to be part of the community and server everyone in it.

The coffee bar welcomes you with devilish decor.

Unfortunately a few weeks ago, one of her new employees ignored that sentiment and refused to serve a local police officer. Corts fired that transgendered woman for her actions and that led to vitriol on social media and an influx of hate mail. I talked to Ashley about it and the officer, Chris Price on Sparkt LIVE:

Here's how Ashley responded to the incident on the coffee shop's Facebook page that followed with more than 1,000 comments:

Officer Price says the incident was immediately put behind him and he plans to make Black Forge Coffee a regular stop. He's also appreciative of the way Ashley handled the situation and with what she's doing to help revitalize the community.

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