A North Carolina woman claims she was verbally attacked in a Charlotte Starbucks for wearing a pro-Trump t-shirt into the store when the employees at the popular chain humiliated and bullied her for her choice of clothing.
As reported at Fox 46 Charlotte, Karla Hart donned her Donald Trump shirt last Wednesday morning and stepped into the Starbucks on East Boulevard in Dilworth for a cup of coffee. When she went to the counter to take her drink, she claims that the employees shouted “Build a wall!” before roughly shoving the cup towards her. She says the entire staff behind the counter “started cracking up laughing.” But that wasn’t the end of it. When she looked at her cup, she also noticed the same words, “build a wall” scrawled on the paper where they would usually write the customer’s name.
She sees it as retaliation for wearing a shirt that supports the current US president. Starbucks representatives assure the customer and reporters that they are taking steps to ensure this type of thing never happens again.
“I don’t know what politics has to do with getting a cup of coffee,” Kayla Hart told reporters.
The scene caused quite a commotion within the store and Karla said she then just “walked out because everyone was staring.”
As soon as she left, she hopped online and emailed Starbucks customer support and relayed the event in detail.
She told reporters, “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.”
She said she did receive an apology from Starbucks, but has not yet given the details of that conversation.
In an age where citizens are begging and protesting for equality and fair treatment, the bullying of anyone gets immediate media attention, and this incident is no exception.
A Charlotte news station soon picked up the story and reached out to the corporation themselves to get their opinion. Starbucks replied apologetically with the following 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.”
“I just found it really sad that I can’t wear a t-shirt with our president without being made fun of,” Hart said of the incident.
She’s not alone. A quick Google search for “bullied Trump supporters” will come up with a whole slew of similarly-titled events. Everyone from students to executives seem to be receiving ridicule across the nation for expressing support for the current Commander in Chief.
While Hart did also hear back from a member of the Starbucks corporation herself, she said she will wait for a response from the district manager to decide if she will continue to patronize the local store.