A Starbucks barista in England was caught on video trying to boot a homeless man as he chowed down on a meal purchased by a kind-hearted bystander outside the coffee chain.
The footage, obtained by The Sun, shows the unidentified drifter, dressed in an open shirt, sitting outside a Starbucks in Southend, Essex, after a Good Samaritan spent $10 to buy him food after seeing the man savaging nearby.
“Yeah, he can eat somewhere else,” a barista told the man and Sajid Kahhllon, who paid for the sandwich and chocolate cake moments earlier.
“But he bought the food, he paid for that – I paid for that,” Kahhllon continued.
“Yeah, but he can’t stay here,” the male barista shot back.
“No, but if food is being paid and he’s eating it – what is the problem then?” Kahhllon asked. “He paid [for] the food, the food is being bought … is he not a human?”
Kahhllon demanded that the man be allowed to stay and finish his lunch, as did other nearby customers, the video shows. But the barista held firm on his request for the man to leave, claiming that he would undoubtedly return if allowed to stay put.
Critics of the encounter later blasted the coffee giant online, with some calling for a boycott, according to The Sun.
“Well done Starbucks, you’ve lost yourselves a lot of custom,” one person wrote. “Shame on you and your staff.”
More than 2,200 comments were left on a Facebook page featuring the video, including some that insisted the homeless man had “every right” to enjoy a stranger’s generosity.
A spokesperson for Starbucks, meanwhile, apologized for the interaction, saying it’s not emblematic of the company.
“We are looking into the circumstances surrounding this customer’s experience and will take appropriate action to ensure that our stores remain welcoming places for everyone,” the statement read. “We want every customer to have a positive experience, and we apologize that we did not meet that expectation in this instance.”