After the kind of week that Starbucks has had, you might think the executives at its Seattle headquarters are slipping a little bit of hooch into their macchiatos.
First there was the video of two black men being arrested in Starbucks because they were waiting for a business associate.
Then there was the predictable corporate apology, followed by the two men who were arrested speaking out on national TV about the incident. There were also a viral video of someone going into Starbucks and demanding free coffee as reparations.
That’s bad enough for one week. Things got worse when a hidden camera was found in the bathroom of another Starbucks, prompting an investigation.
According to Fox News, the camera was discovered in a Starbucks outlet in an Atlanta suburb earlier this week.
“A 25-year-old customer reportedly found the device Tuesday, taped under a baby changing station,” Fox News reported.
“According to a police report, the woman removed the camera and alerted the manager. The manager then notified Starbucks’ corporate office.”
“We were quite concerned to learn this and are grateful to our customers and partners who took action to involve local authorities,” a Starbucks spokesperson said in an email to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“We will continue to support them in any way we can.”
The police now have the camera, along with a USB cord and battery pack that came with it.
They’ve also reviewed the video, although there is no word on what may have been captured.
There are no suspects in the case thus far. If the perpetrator is caught, however, he or she will face a felony eavesdropping charge.
It’s interesting to note that the problem at the Philadelphia store that ended with arrests began over an argument involving whether or not the men could use the bathroom.
I know it’s a different store, but still — maybe those guys were better off holding it in for a little while.
Either way, it’s the whipped cream on top of a week’s worth of obloquy for everyone’s favorite liberal-leaning coffee chain.
If things get any worse, the company’s executives might stop putting the hooch in their macchiatos and just start drinking straight from the bottle.
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