“Grande Dragon Drink with a side of…defund the police.”
A Starbucks employee has been fired for being too…“fired up,” literally, writing the message “defund the police” on a customer’s order, according to the New York Post.
Photos of the three drinks – which boasted 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 care less.”
“This s–t has to stop. We can’t even get a cup of coffee without worrying about being poisoned or worse,” Eibbed wrote.
According to FOX26, via the New York Post, it is unclear what prompted the message, since Eibbed’s ex-husband doesn’t work in law enforcement and was not wearing a uniform.
Starbucks said that an internal investigation was launched and an employee was fired in connection with the labeling incident.
“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.
While Starbucks – as a company – claims to be non-political, this isn’t the first time the company has been indirectly thrown into the political spotlight.
In 2016, Starbucks founder Howard Schulz endorsed Hillary Clinton and was even floated as her possible Secretary of Labor. Most recently, the company vowed to hire 10,000 refugees amidst Trump’s initial refugee ban.
But, it seems as though Starbucks’ main focus is the happiness of customers and they will take all measures necessary to ensure a positive experience for all.