Unwittingly or not, dozens of U.S. companies have found themselves inserted into the world of politics — and facing public boycotts as a result.
Now, a year later, it seems that the international coffee chain is once again becoming an impromptu political battleground, as not all Starbucks baristas have been reacting well to patrons identifying themselves as “Trump” on their coffee cups:
Starbucks SJWs call cops on customer for requesting "Trump" name on his coffee cup. pic.twitter.com/WlBoXgZEZF
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) November 18, 2016
In one such confrontation, an unidentified Starbucks customer can be heard saying:
“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.”
In the video, it seems that the Starbucks employee’s response was to refuse to write “Trump” on the cup, and instead call the police.
It’s a move that isn’t sitting right with everybody:
— Craig R. Brittain (@CraigRBrittain) November 18, 2016
While Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz had previously publicly endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, it also seems to be a response to a separate Starbucks encounter from earlier this week.
In another video that exploded across social media, a patron in the coffee shop is seen accusing a Starbucks employee of discriminating against him both because he is white, and because he voted for Trump:
— jorge dc (@Jbdcl) November 16, 2016
While the video certainly captures the explosive reaction of David Sanguesa of Coral Gables, Florida, he says it’s what happened before that which prompted his outburst:
“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.”
The store has since denied any discrimination, while Sanguesa his since apologized, saying:
“I’m sorry, this should have never happened. I should have just walked out. Keep your political opinions to yourself and keep your mouth shut.”
Nonetheless, the #TrumpCup trend has clearly been picking up some steam — though not everyone thinks it’s the best way to send the company a message:
— @GenXRise (@GenXRise) November 18, 2016
Starbucks, for its part, has released a statement on the situation, saying:
“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.”
While many hoped the political fervor that gripped so much of the nation would begin to dissipate following the election, it seems that’s not the case.
Whether or not that hope was pinned upon a different candidate’s victory, is another question entirely.