The nation’s largest coffee chain, Starbucks, is facing a social media backlash this weekend after several videos and social media posts appear to show baristas at several locations discriminating against Trump supporters in their stores.
In one case, employees even called the police after one customer gave his name as “Trump” and the employees refused to accept that as his name.
The customer captured part of the exchange on video and posted it to social media:
The customer says, “Just because I want Trump. I already spoke with corporate office. Corporate office said I can have any drink I want with any name I want on it. That’s the name I want to be heard and seen as today.” At that point, the barista asked another employee to “call the cops”.
The video has led to a movement called #TrumpCup in which patrons are encouraged to give their name as Trump at Starbucks as a form of protest and are encouraged to document the encounter if the barista refuses.
1) Go to Starbucks & tell them your name is Trump
2) If they refuse take video
Pls share & spread the word pic.twitter.com/huPj4g6cqY
— Baked Alaska™ (@bakedalaska) November 18, 2016
However, some people have pointed out that going to Starbucks and buying a drink probably isn’t the most effective form of protest:
The entire movement seems to be based on the fact that Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz publicly supported failed Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton, but the company itself and its board have never formally endorsed or supported any candidate.
In another video posted to social media, a customer and alleged Trump supporter alleges “white discrimination” when he claimed the mostly African American staff took too long to deliver his drink order:
— jorge dc (@jorge_b_dc) November 16, 2016
The man in the video, David Sanguesa of Coral Gables, who has faced significant backlash after the video went viral says the video only tells part of the story. According to an interview with CBS Miami:
“The problem is that you are not seeing the first 20 minutes or so on the video while we were not being served.
I have spoken with Starbucks management and they have told me you are supposed to be served in the first minute.
We voted for Trump and we are Trump supporters and the female behind the counter did not like that.”
Starbucks released a statement following the issues and called for unity and diversity:
“Embracing diversity and treating each other with respect and dignity is core to Starbucks values and something our partners take great pride in showing.
We are committed to providing an inclusive, supportive and safe work environment for everyone.”