Starbucks Barista Who Obviously Hates Asians Draws on Customer's Iced Coffee (PHOTO)

coffee mugWhen you walk into Starbucks and place your drink order, the worst thing you probably expect to happen is that your barista puts in one too many pumps of caramel into your macchiato. Or they label your cup "Mareeza," "Marisa," or "Melissa" ... when you clearly said your name is "Maressa." But "offenses" like those are nothing compared to a string of bizarre, racist incidents that have played out at two Starbucks this year. Several months back, an employee at a Starbucks in Alpharetta, Georgia drew a racist caricature on drinks ordered by two Korean customers. Now, a barista at a Starbucks in Paris, France has allegedly pulled a similar stunt.

In what seems to be an attempt to call the barista out for their ridiculously bad behavior, Reddit user gsruff posted a photo of the cup online, explaining, "So, my Korean-American friend went to a Starbucks in Paris. Instead of asking for her name, this is how they labeled her drink." Check it out ...


racist drawing on starbucks cup

Crazy, right? It's really unnerving that someone would think that was acceptable. That it wasn't BLATANTLY racist. And that it wouldn't reflect poorly not only on them as an employee, but on the company they represent when they're churning out grande iced coffees and venti Frappuccinos.

Therein lies the issue. Although the employee is obviously to blame -- not Starbucks corporate -- it sure doesn't look good for the company. Still, I don't think it's fair to fingerpoint at Starbucks and say, "Oh, look, they obviously have secretive racist policies, because why else would this have happened twice?" Especially when the action Starbucks took last time was swift and appropriate. They immediately released the following response:

Starbucks does not tolerate discrimination of any kind and has a lengthy history of leading on and supporting policies that promote equality, inclusion and diversity. We were disappointed to hear of the poor experience this customer had in our store and have apologized to him several times. This experience is unacceptable and not indicative of the welcoming and respectful service we strive to offer our customers in our stores. The partner (employee) who was involved in this incident is no longer employed by Starbucks.

My guess why it happened again? Because a.) When the Georgia employee was fired, he/she ran away to France to work at a Starbucks there and then whoops! did it again?! or much more likely, b.) Unfortunately, sometimes, someone who acts in a racist/ignorant manner is employed by an unwitting company. Though, I'd be surprised if Starbucks didn't treat this French incident just like the last one. And hopefully, as a result, present and future Starbucks employees "get the picture."

Do you blame Starbucks or the employees for what happened to these customers?


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