Maybe last week you saw this SF Weekly blog post about a SFPD cop said to have done some pretty shocking things, including hitting up an undercover hooker (he got 2 months suspension for that one), who recently retired “with full benefits.”

Neither he nor his lawyer would tell the Weekly why he left the force, but Matier and Ross have an idea: they say that Lankford wanted to get into a West Portal Starbucks before it was open, and

wearing a hoodie and dressed in his street clothes – began knocking on the door.

When the female clerk ignored him, Lankford allegedly pulled out his badge and began rapping it against the glass.

No luck, so Lankford supposedly stormed off.

Soon after, sources say, the lieutenant returned, this time in uniform, and angrily accused the store of refusing to serve him earlier because he is black.

M&R say that the incident got back to his bosses, who suspended him again — so he quit.

Of course, as I read this, all I can think is Starbucks? Seriously? I mean, it’s fine, but not “jeopardize your job” fine.

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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