philly.com – A University of Pennsylvania graduate student says a Starbucks barista in West Philadelphia mocked him for his stuttering disorder last week — just 29 days after the company closed its nearly 800 U.S. stores for anti-bias training following the wrongful arrests of two black men at a Center City store.
The 28-year-old student, who is pursuing a doctorate at the Wharton School, said he was shocked when he ordered an iced coffee at a Starbucks in University City, only to have the barista mimic his name by saying: “OK, S-S-Sam.”
It was even more disturbing when he realized while walking back to his office that the barista had written his name on the cup as “SSSam.”
“It’s rare, as an adult, that that kind of disrespect happens,” said Sam, who asked that his last name not be published because he feared being continually linked to the alleged bias. “It happens, but it’s really rare to see it in print.”
“Stuttering is an affliction that harms people every day,” said Sam, who has had a stutter since age 6. “But I’m not the right person to be the face of that fight.”
Starbucks regional vice president Camille Hymes reached out to Sam to learn more about what happened and to personally apologize, according to Reggie Borges, a Starbucks spokesperson.
“We are taking this incident seriously, and we have begun a full investigation,” Borges said. “We have a zero-tolerance policy for any kind of discrimination. We don’t feel like this [discrimination] is reflective of our values or of our mission. We want everyone who comes to our stores to feel valued and to have a positive experience.”
Yeaaaaaa ya’ll all know we’re all for the jokes over at JG and we have a warped sense of humor but fucked up is fucked up and damn this is fucked up. Making fun of a person with a speech impediment directly to their face is straight up bullying and then to put it on the cup is some low shit. This barista clearly doesn’t give a shit about her job and im sure someone is gonna dig up her real name and the internet will do what the internet does and get her ass up outta here.