Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Latino Man Insulted When Starbucks Barista Writes Slur On Cup

Latino Man Insulted When Starbucks Barista Writes Slur On Cup

The coffee chain was in hot waters two weeks ago for calling the cops on two black men who were sitting at a company coffee store waiting for a friend.

"It's an offensive word used towards Latinos", he told the station.

Pedro does not believe the slur could have been written by accident because the barista called his name once his order was ready.

The store offered Pedro a $50 gift card, which he declined. Pedro said he felt hurt and insulted and wanted an explanation for why the word ended up on the side of his cup.

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A Starbucks spokesman in Seattle told me they're launching a full investigation that 'obviously this is not the kind of experience we want our customers to have. He says he was the victim of a racial slur at a La Canada Flintridge Starbucks on Tuesday afternoon, a picture of which was sent to us on our Fox 11 Los Angeles Facebook page by a friend. "We asked for his forgiveness and we are working to correct this". We want to make sure it doesn't happen again. "It's sad to hear that, to be honest".

The company announced the training in response to the backlash over the arrest of Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, who are both 23. Minutes after the interaction, police arrived after being summoned by the manager.

It is unclear what actions will be taken to address the recent allegations of racism at its La Cañada Flintridge location.

Starbucks' plan to close more than 8,000 locations on May 29 for employees to receive racial bias education can't come soon enough for one Los Angeles-area man.

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