Starbucks Serves Up More Racism

Starbucks Serves Up More Racism

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NEW YORK — It’s everyday practice for Starbucks baristas in the United States to write customers’ names on their cups. But one employee decided to try something different by drawing — a caricature with slanted eyes to identify two Korean customers.

And it didn’t take long for the news to go viral, prompting a bitter reaction from the public who called the drawing racist.

“What the barista did was very offensive and I hope you do realize that this is a very serious matter,” wrote Evangeline Hwang on Starbucks Coffee’s official Facebook page.

Last month, two English speaking Koreans at a Starbucks location in Georgia discovered that their barista served them more than coffee. They each got a drawing of slanted eyes on their cups, where customer names are usually written.

The two immediately complained to the store manager, who reportedly didn’t bother defending the drawings. Instead, They were simply given a gift card.

Days after the news spread online, Starbucks indicated that the employee involved in the incident was asked to leave.

The incident continues to rankle Koreans, especially after a recent racial controversy at a Papa John’s restaurant in New York.

The U.S. pizza chain came under attack last month when an employee typed out “lady chinky eyes” on a receipt, instead of the customer’s name. The angry woman took the issue to Twitter and more than 100,000 people viewed her post while hundreds retweeted it.

“Another racist slur? What’s happening here? This is becoming annoying,” says Regina Kim, 27, of New York.

“A lot of similar incidents are probably happening more often. It’s just that we don’t know about it. I’m going to keep a closer eye on my receipt and coffee cups now.”

A community of Korean-American housewives went further to suggest a boycott.

“All Asians should team up and refrain from going to Starbucks,” wrote one user on Missyusa.com, a popular site for women. “We need to take action and stop getting pushed around.”

Aside from boycotting the coffee joint, the Korean community in Georgia is considering taking legal action.

“Racial discrimination, bullying and bigotry is unjust regardless of which race or ethnic group it is directed to,” stated the Asian American Legal Advocacy Center of Georgia.

“Assuming Asian-Americans won’t say anything or that these incidents don’t happen to the ‘model minority’ is simply wrong.”
 

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Anonymous

Posted Feb 15 2012

Umm, they gave you a gift card, they fired the employee. What more do you want ? Grow up.

Anonymous

Posted Feb 15 2012

RE: "what more do you want, grow up"… good lord, it's that level of ignorance that let this happen in the first place…

Anonymous

Posted Feb 15 2012

Gift card or getting fired got nothing to do with showing respects to all others.

Anonymous

Posted Feb 16 2012

starbucks should have gone farther and issued a public apology, especially considering how much of their business is garnered from the Asian community (a significant part of the American population overall, not to mention abroad). yeah, i assume if you have no idea what i feels like to be discriminated against, i guess a gift card and sweep-it-under-the-rug attitude is perfectly acceptable.

Anonymous

Posted Feb 16 2012

another asian whiner. So tired of these people. Why didn't I get promoted? Racism! Why did I get a ticket? Racism! Why do my coworkers hate me? Racism!

Anonymous

Posted Feb 16 2012

Why does the actions of one idoit have to turn into a big deal? The dude was fired.

Anonymous

Posted Feb 16 2012

Simple justice (employee getting fired, getting a gift card) is no longer enough anymore. On a slight slip up from Starbucks and "OMG! END OF THE WORD! I CONDEMN YOU TO THE PITS OF JAVA HELL!"

Seriously?

When you can control people's actions (and read people's minds), then you have a right to complain about a company not having a perfect hiring record.

Anonymous

Posted Feb 16 2012

this is bad but not as bad as the lady who took Miley Cyrus to court and tried to get $4 billion out of her from a photo ...

Anonymous

Posted Feb 16 2012

There is no way to defend any of this, of course, but I wonder if the barista did not understand the customer names? I am hard-of-hearing and wear two hearing aids and I can tell you that some names are exceedingly difficult to hear, understand, and write in English. The solution is to try to do your best and fudge through someone named Xian, for example, which is spelled nothing like it sounds. Putting the slanted eyes thing is absurd, of course, but maybe in the barista's mind, better than misspelling a name.

Anonymous

Posted Feb 16 2012

There is no way to defend any of this, of course, but I wonder if the barista did not understand the customer names? I am hard-of-hearing and wear two hearing aids and I can tell you that some names are exceedingly difficult to hear, understand, and write in English. The solution is to try to do your best and fudge through someone named Xian, for example, which is spelled nothing like it sounds. Putting the slanted eyes thing is absurd, of course, but maybe in the barista's mind, better than misspelling a name.

Anonymous

Posted Feb 19 2012

Asians have slanty eyes. It's not racism its an observation. It's perception. It's me looking around, noticing that Asians are everywhere in San Diego, and they all have similar eye characteristics. You got a problem with ethnic observation?

Anonymous

Posted Feb 19 2012

ignorant racist morons commenting anonymously. How cowardly.

Anonymous

Posted Feb 20 2012

Really?! The last thing that majority of the Asians do is make excuses for themselves. We are taught to respect others from when we are born. This is a prime example of the ignorance in America labeling "white people." I take pride of being an Asian American and it embarrasses me that majority of the white Americans still think that they are better than anyone else. Our country was founded on humble and Christian ways and now it's filled with uneducated and ignorant people that repeats this terrible behavior. I have many white(Caucasian) friends and they are not racist because they are highly educated and know where they came from. It's really sad that many others choose to be ignorant.

Anonymous

Posted Feb 20 2012

Really?! The last thing that majority of the Asians do is make excuses for themselves. We are taught to respect others from when we are born. This is a prime example of the ignorance in America labeling "white people." I take pride of being an Asian American and it embarrasses me that majority of the white Americans still think that they are better than anyone else. Our country was founded on humble and Christian ways and now it's filled with uneducated and ignorant people that repeats this terrible behavior. I have many white(Caucasian) friends and they are not racist because they are highly educated and know where they came from. It's really sad that many others choose to be ignorant.

Anonymous

Posted Feb 20 2012

How do we know that these people didn't so it themselves? They know what kind of marker they use at Starbucks, so all they had to do was bring one with them and draw it on themselves, which is what probably happened. Oh, I just LOVE it when frigging Koreans like to talk down to everybody about "racism" when Korea is more racist that ANY western country!

People openly SPIT at you without a care in the world. And just what laws are in place in Korea to stop "racism"? Eh? What's that? None!? Wow. Korea, the country of hypocrites. Just like every other asian country preaching to other countries about"racism". Stick it up your pipe.

Anonymous

Posted Feb 20 2012

How do we know that these people didn't so it themselves? They know what kind of marker they use at Starbucks, so all they had to do was bring one with them and draw it on themselves, which is what probably happened. Oh, I just LOVE it when frigging Koreans like to talk down to everybody about "racism" when Korea is more racist that ANY western country!

People openly SPIT at you without a care in the world. And just what laws are in place in Korea to stop "racism"? Eh? What's that? None!? Wow. Korea, the country of hypocrites. Just like every other asian country preaching to other countries about"racism". Stick it up your pipe.

Anonymous

Posted Feb 23 2012

How come these morons never tell NAACP to "grow up" huh?

Anonymous

Posted Feb 23 2012

How come these morons never tell NAACP to "grow up" huh?

Anonymous

Posted Feb 23 2012

How come these morons never tell NAACP to "grow up" huh?

Anonymous

Posted Feb 23 2012

How come these morons never tell NAACP to "grow up" huh?

Anonymous

Posted Feb 23 2012

How come these morons never tell NAACP to "grow up" huh?

Anonymous

Posted Feb 23 2012

How come these morons never tell NAACP to "grow up" huh?

Anonymous

Posted Feb 23 2012

Wow... look at the abject retard comments from the bitter loser racists of the world. Ha ha ha. Is there something in place in USA or other parts of the world to stop racism? That's right reject, none. So that condition only exists in Korea, retarded reject? Well, imbecile?

Anonymous

Posted Feb 23 2012

Wow... look at the abject retard comments from the bitter loser racists of the world. Ha ha ha. Is there something in place in USA or other parts of the world to stop racism? That's right reject, none. So that condition only exists in Korea, retarded reject? Well, imbecile?

Anonymous

Posted Feb 23 2012

There are laws in USA to stop racism? Pu ha ha ha ha. Nothing can stop racism. Look at NAACP... a racists enabling organization!

Anonymous

Posted Feb 23 2012

There are laws in USA to stop racism? Pu ha ha ha ha. Nothing can stop racism. Look at NAACP... a racists enabling organization!

Anonymous

Posted Feb 23 2012

Cool u made an observation... So asians Got slanted eyes so u draw slanted eyes. So if theres 2 black customers im just gOnna write black on both cups. Those are observations too right? Respect is different..

Anonymous

Posted Feb 23 2012

NAACP = the biggest lawsuit happy hypocrites in the world!

Anonymous

Posted Feb 23 2012

NAACP = the biggest lawsuit happy hypocrites in the world!

Anonymous

Posted Feb 23 2012

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Anonymous

Posted Feb 27 2012

This whole discussion is scaring me, smacks of white privilege. I have been to Korea and no one spit on me, no one was rude or disrespectful. They also have a near non-existent crime rate. A country and people worthy of respect. I am not Korean and I find the slant eyes issue offensive..."Do unto others..."

Anonymous

Posted Mar 1 2012

Commie fucks .. I bet they put those eyes on the cup

Anonymous

Posted Mar 1 2012

Commie fucks .. I bet they put those eyes on the cup

Anonymous

Posted Apr 5 2012

As a Caucasian lady, I find some of these comments awful. . .

On the other hand, I think it's a bit extreme to boycott the company because of an isolated incident involving a single, horrible employee. I could understand it if Starbucks supported the barista, but they fired him/her.

Oh well, I don't drink coffee anyways.

Anonymous

Posted Apr 5 2012

As a Caucasian lady, I find some of these comments awful. . .

On the other hand, I think it's a bit extreme to boycott the company because of an isolated incident involving a single, horrible employee. I could understand it if Starbucks supported the barista, but they fired him/her.

Oh well, I don't drink coffee anyways.

Anonymous

Posted Apr 12 2012

Do you have slanted eye's? Is that supposed to be bad? All the people that don't want to be who they are should where a sign on them to tell us who they want to be. I know this girl and she didn't mean anything disrespecful but because of people that assume the worst and make that judgement is doing what you are accusing her of doing.

Anonymous

Posted Apr 18 2012

I live not in Korea, but in it's neighbor Japan, and I am reminded every single day, from the time I wake up to when I go to sleep, when I am working or when I am watching TV, that the Asians are racially superior to others. They respect/admire the whites, specially europeans, in spite of feeling racially superior to them. But what east asians really despise are people 3rd world countries, including south asians, indians, persians, arabs, latin americans, and brazilians. For those who will say that Brazil is the country that received most japanese in the world (and receives koreans and chinese who go live there as well), well, the Japan born asians will treat brazilian ethnic japanese with even more despise than normal foreigners, as they will say those who left the country about a century ago are just coming back to take away their money.

Anonymous

Posted Apr 23 2012

Asian people believe they have superiority to Arabs, Latins, and Blacks; and equal superiority to white Americans. I have witnessed a group of Asian Americans laughing making racial derogatory statements about other minority groups with white people and making themselves believe that they would never be hit with the wand of racial inequality. This is a lesson to all minorities if a person specifically a white person will make any type of racist joke about any other minority group other than the one you are affiliated with, adhere to this warning. As soon as you are not present it is your turn to be the joke, just because the media doesn't make you into monsters like Black and Muslim Americans doesn't mean that you are not one with these people you snare at. Whites hate Asians as much as Blacks, Arabs, or Latins not just because you are a minority but because you try so damn hard to make yourselves believe you are equal or even better in a country that is their home. When the group of Asians that believe they are white or one with white culture stop behaving in such a way, dealing with racism won't feel like the betrayal of a brother ridden with so much pain.

Anonymous

Posted Apr 23 2012

Asian people believe they have superiority to Arabs, Latins, and Blacks; and equal superiority to white Americans. I have witnessed a group of Asian Americans laughing making racial derogatory statements about other minority groups with white people and making themselves believe that they would never be hit with the wand of racial inequality. This is a lesson to all minorities if a person specifically a white person will make any type of racist joke about any other minority group other than the one you are affiliated with, adhere to this warning. As soon as you are not present it is your turn to be the joke, just because the media doesn't make you into monsters like Black and Muslim Americans doesn't mean that you are not one with these people you snare at. Whites hate Asians as much as Blacks, Arabs, or Latins not just because you are a minority but because you try so damn hard to make yourselves believe you are equal or even better in a country that is their home. When the group of Asians that believe they are white or one with white culture stop behaving in such a way, dealing with racism won't feel like the betrayal of a brother ridden with so much pain.

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