Starbucks accused of racism again: Hispanic customer's cup had slur in CA

Culture California Starbucks Employee Writes Racial Slur on Latino Customer’s Cup

A Hispanic man who bought coffee from a Starbucks in California on Tuesday said he found a racial slur printed on his cup instead of his name when a barista handed him his order.

The customer, who wishes to only be identified by his first name - Pedro - told Telemundo 52 that the word "beaner", not his name, was printed on the two beverages he ordered. "We asked his forgiveness and we are working to correct this".

A spokesperson for Starbucks told INSIDER that "this kind of mistake is unacceptable". What can I tell you?

With less than two weeks to go before the coffee chain closes stores nationwide to educate its almost 175,000 workers on how not to discriminate against others, Starbucks (SBUX) this week found itself apologizing for doing just that.

The coffee chain responded in a tweet saying that the incident was "not the welcoming experience we aim to provide". "It's sad to hear that, to be honest". Last month, a Philadelphia Starbucks employee called the cops on two black men two minutes after they sat down in the coffee shop to wait for someone before buying anything.

Starbucks announced in April it plans to close more than 8,000 stores in the US on May 29th for racial education training.

Soon after their arrival, Nelson asked the cafe's manager if he could use the restroom but was declined because he had not made a purchase.

If there was ill intent with the slur, Starbucks definitely needs to make sure the location in La Cañada Flintridge is on the list to receive it.

Pedro is expecting to meet with one of the location's employees on Thursday and although he is unsure of what will come of the interaction, he hopes the barista will face serious consequences.



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