Starbucks' plan to close more than 8,000 locations on May 29 so employees get racial prejudice can not come fast enough for a Los Angeles man.
The man the media as both "Pedro" and "Peter" ordered two iced coffee drinks Tuesday afternoon at a Starbucks in La Canada.
An employee called out the name "Pedro" when the job at the counter was finished. But the drinks came with something he did not expect, neither want nor want: On both cups, according to KNBC TV, the word "Beaner" was written.
"It's an offensive word for Latinos," Pedro said to KNBC's sister station, Telemundo 52.
The friend of the victim, Miguel Acosta, said they are both still shocked by the incident.
"He went to Starbucks and they asked for his name, and his name is" Peter "and they wrote this" Beaner "," Acosta said CBS Los Angeles.
Acosta said Pedro does not understand why he was targeted. [1
A store manager tried to sort things out by going to where Pedro, according to the local broadcaster, offers Fox 11 free coffee and $ 50 gift cards. He refused her.
"I did not accept it because it's an insult overall," he told KNBC.
HuffPost turned to Starbucks's corporate offices, which did not respond immediately. The coffee giant issued a statement to KNBC:
"This is not the experience we wish our customers to have, we have asked for his forgiveness and we are working to correct it, and we are investigating the incident to ensure that this will not be repeated. "
Last month, in an incident involving a Starbucks employee drawing the country's attention, two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia shop. A white female manager called the police shortly after the men sat down but did not place any orders. She has since resigned.
The incident has sparked numerous protests and has been condemned as an indication of institutional racism. This also led to Starbuck's upcoming seminars on race prejudice.