Supporters of President-elect Donald Trump are telling Starbucks employees to write "Trump" on their coffee cups in support of an angry Trump voter who yelled at a Starbucks barista Nov. 16.
David Sanguesa shouted, "Trump!" and "I voted for Trump!" at an employee in Coral Gables, Florida, because he felt she was discriminating against him for being white, notes the Miami Herald.
Sanguesa, who exploded after not getting his vanilla latte served fast enough, told the newspaper Nov. 17: "I had a bad day. I was wrong for screaming at her. I have since apologized."
However, in a follow-up interview, Sanguesa stated:
My attorneys want to file a lawsuit. No one saw the first part of the video. I was completely done wrong. I was racially discriminated against. I was refused service. I was wrong to get upset, but I was racially discriminated against. She wouldn’t serve me. She knew I was a Trump supporter and wouldn’t give me my coffee.
In a show of support for Sanguesa, Twitter user Baked Alaska posted a picture of himself and a Starbucks cup with the word "Trump" written on it, and these instructions:
1) Go to Starbucks & tell them your name is Trump
2) If they refuse take video
Pls share & spread the word
The Hill notes that numerous Trump supporters posted similar pictures and these captions:
- "I got my Starbucks with Trump name. he yelled Trump get your drink #TrumpCup."
- "I encourage everyone to get #Trump on their cup! Post a pic of it here on Twitter to @Starbucks with #Trumpcup."
- "I'm the Muslimah who put @realDonaldTrump on my @Starbucks cup! #TrumpCup Trump is MY President!"
- "Haven't been to @Starbucks in eons, but I have an urge to get a #TrumpCup."
One Twitter user pointed out that the protest is actually making money for Starbucks:
"Wow, the irony of millions of Trump supporters going to Starbucks and buying coffee to punish Starbucks. Unbelievable. #TrumpCup Go get 'em!"
A Starbucks spokesperson responded to the protest: "Over the years, writing customer names on cups and calling out their names has been a fun ritual in our stores. Rarely has it been abused or taken advantage of. We hope and trust that our customers will continue to honor that tradition," notes CNN.