Some Trump supporters are calling for yet another boycott of Starbucks after one woman said she was bullied at a Charlotte store for wearing a Trump T-shirt. Kayla Hart said that when she walked into a store there last week, the baristas laughed at her. When she received her iced tea, instead of bearing her name, it was labeled “Build a Wall.”
“I just found it really sad that I can’t wear a T-shirt with our president without being made fun of,” Hart said to her local Fox station, which first reported the incident.
This isn’t the first time a Starbucks location has been threatened with boycotts from the right. Over the past few years, the chain has become a political lightning rod and a battleground for the culture wars, stirring religion and our constitutional rights into that venti latte. Previous Starbucks boycotts were related to the company’s Christmas cups, which religious activists criticized for being secular, or “taking the ‘Christ’ out of Christmas.”
Other viral flare-ups have involved a Miami man who claimed Starbucks refused to serve him because he was a Trump supporter (a witness said the man got angry that his coffee order took too long) and a customer who started a campaign to get people to give their names as “Trump” so baristas would have to call out “Soy macchiato for Trump!”
Earlier this month, a man was arrested at a Chicago Starbucks for punching another man after a spilled drink escalated into an altercation. The man yelled “Shut up, slave!” at two black customers.
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