Starbucks employee fired for writing ‘Defund the police’ on drink order
A Starbucks employee in Houston has been fired after writing the message “Defund the police” on a customer’s order, according to a report.
Photos of the three drinks — which had labels bearing the message — were posted on Facebook Sunday by Raseac Eibbed, who said her ex-husband had purchased the beverages from a Starbucks on Interstate 10 and Kirkwood Road.
Eibbed said she called the manager to complain about the incident, but that the woman “acted like she couldn’t careless [sic].”
“This s–t has to stop. We can’t even get a cup of coffee without worrying about being poisoned or worse,” Eibbed wrote.
It’s unclear what prompted the message since Eibbed’s ex-husband doesn’t work in law enforcement and was not wearing a uniform, news station FOX26 reported.
Starbucks said an internal investigation was launched and an employee was fired in connection with the labeling incident, the outlet reported.
“Every customer should feel welcome and treated with respect when they visit any of our stores — especially our first responder community and their families,” the company said.
Starbucks added that it was an isolated incident and no other orders contained the message, the outlet reported.
“We have reached out to the customer involved to apologize, and the partner (employee) involved has been separated from the company,” the company said.
“Any behavior from our partners that doesn’t aspire to be a positive experience is unacceptable.”
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