A Starbucks customer from Charlotte, North Carolina is claiming she was bullied for wearing a Donald Trump t-shirt when she ordered a beverage Wednesday morning.
“I don’t know what politics has to do with getting a cup of coffee,” Kayla Hart said.
According to a report by Fox 46 Charlotte, Hart was not greeted with a smile or professionalism. Instead, “the cashier laughed and her order was labeled with a political message, mocking her support for the president.”
“They shouted out build a wall and shoved a drink at me and then all the baristas in the back started cracking up laughing,” recalls Hart, who was ogled by the other patrons and so embarrassed by the attention that she left the coffee shop.
“I just walked out because everyone was staring,” Hart said. “I just found it really sad that I can’t wear a t-shirt with our president without being made fun of.”
After the incident, Hart emailed Starbucks customer service, and says she received a response. FOX 46 also contacted Starbucks, and the station released that statement:
“We failed to meet this customer’s expectations of us, and we have apologized and are working directly with her to make it right. This experience is not consistent with our standards or the welcoming and respectful experience we aim to provide every customer who visit our stores. We have spoken with our store partners about this situation and are using this as a coaching opportunity for the future.”
Hart says she hasn’t decided if she’ll return to the coffee shop, as she is waiting to talk with the Starbucks district manager before making a decision. However, she wanted to warn other customers about her experience.
“This isn’t me trying to get people to stop going to Starbucks. I just want it to be put out there so people know this is what’s occurring. I don’t think it’s right you should be humiliated for wearing a t-shirt with your opinion on it,” Hart said.
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