New York Man Arrested for Posing as Cop to Get Discount at Starbucks

Ben Keller

All he wanted was a law enforcement discount.

A New York man is in hot water after being arrested for impersonating a police officer in order to get a discount on his coffee on December 8.

Mark Setter, 48, flashed a fake badge and a BB gun, demanding a discount at a Buffalo Starbucks around 11 p.m. according to, FOX5NY.

Sporting a gun inside of a holster attached to his belt, and his fake police badge, Setter claimed he was a detective in order to gain access into the business after it was closed.

According to Buffalo police, Setter then left Starbucks and attempted to buy a cup of Joe at Spot Coffee after closing time.

It was all fun and games until a coffee shop employee called the fuzz on Setter.

After police arrested Setter and charged him with menacing, criminal trespassing and impersonating an officer, they determined his sidepiece was actually a BB gun.

This isn’t the first time a civilian was arrested for trying to flex phony blue privilege.

In 2013, authorities arrested Charles “Chuck” Barry after he made two stops flashing a fake badge at Dunkin Donuts in Florida.

Pasco County police said Barry made two stops at a store in Trinity before he was busted and his cover was blown.

After the first stop, a Dunkin Donuts workers told cops Barry was a regular customer who “comes through the drive through and demands a police discount for his order.”

Barry claimed to be a United States Marshal.

Michelle Hoeltk, a Dunkin Donuts employee, told deputies Barry had been “abusing his discount by coming in on the weekends with his family and demanding the discount.”

Hoeltk said Dunkin told Pasco County deputies managers decided to “no longer offer him the discount because of his continuous abuse.”

Eventually, his license plate number was captured on surveillance video and Barry’s badge was confiscated the next day when he was stopped by deputies that November.

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said Barry got the police badge from his father, who is a cop in Morris County in New Jersey.

“I did a stupid thing,” Barry told investigators.

“I showed a badge to get the law enforcement discount of my food.”

Surveillance cameras captured an irate Barry driving a Volkswagen minivan, displaying a badge and a firearm after he was denied his doughnut discount.

“See! I’m a cop,” the 6’1”, 320-pound Barry shouted at employees, pleading for his doughnut discount.

Deputies seized his .38 caliber revolver and his police badge from his pocket.

Barry was arrested for impersonating an law enforcement officer and improper exhibition of a firearm.

He was released on a $5,150 bond after being booked into the Pasco County jail, according to New York Daily News.


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