Starbucks apologizes to Latino customer for racial slur written on his drink cup
A Latino man says that when he received his drink order at a Starbucks coffee store in a Los Angeles suburb, it came with a racial slur written on it.
On a label indicating the customer's name, the word "Beaner" was typed.
The incident comes two weeks ahead of Starbucks' planned meeting of staff at its more than 8,000 U.S. stores to discuss racial profiling and other issues. The all-hands meeting results from fallout over the manager's decision to call police last month after two African-American came to a Starbucks in Philadelphia and didn't buy anything.
In the latest case, the customer, who only identified himself as Pedro, told KNBC-4, the NBC affiliate in Los Angeles that he was buying two drinks at the Starbucks in the Los Angeles suburb of La Cañada Flintridge and saw the derogatory term for a Latino person on both cups.
Pedro said he didn't think it was an accident because the barista had called his name once his order was done, according to the TV station. He declined the offer of a $50 gift card, which he called "insulting," but he's scheduled to meet with Starbucks officials on Thursday.