Renowned brand, Starbucks, and Target received backlash on social media for writing ISIS on the cup of a Muslim girl. The Muslim girl, Aishah, says the staff at Starbucks wrote ‘ISIS’ on her drink.
She said the incident happened on July 1st. The girl said she did not give her last name out of concern about her safety. The incident happened at the Starbuck’s Midway Target store in St. Paul in Minnesota. Aishah says she felt “humiliated” and “enraged.”
Aishah wears a hijab and is a home care worker. She said as soon as she started telling her name to the Target employee, the barista wrote something on a clear plastic drinking cup.
When Aishah received the cup she saw ISIS is written on it. “When I first received the drink I was in shock,” said Aishah in the press conference. She addressed the press conference at the Minnesota Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations office in Minneapolis.
@Starbucks wrote 'ISIS' on the coffee of the Muslim girl named 'Ayesha' and when they were called out they said it was just a 'unfortunate mistake' .haven't fired the barista either. .. Y'all really give money to them?? Go support small local coffee businesses y'all PLEASE 🙏 pic.twitter.com/PemCVYGSb7
— s⁷ (@TEARHOYAA) July 7, 2020
“When she asked for my name, I slowly repeated it multiple times,” she said. “There is absolutely no way she could have heard it as ISIS, said Aishah. Moreover, she added Aishah is not an unknown name and I repeated it multiple times.
The employee claimed that she had not heard the name correctly.
“I felt humiliated, I felt enraged, I felt belittled,” said 19-year-old Aishah. She is also a university student. She said when she complained to the Target Manager, he sided with the employee. When he asked, “What is the issue?”
Target apologized for the incident
However, Target apologized later after the backlash on the incident of barista writing ISIS on Starbucks cup ordered by the girl. “We are very sorry for this guest’s experience at our store and immediately apologized to her when she made our store leaders aware of the situation,” the statement said. “We have investigated the matter and believe that it was not a deliberate act but an unfortunate mistake that could have been avoided with a simple clarification. We’re taking appropriate actions with the team member, including additional training, to ensure this does not occur again.”
— Stingray (@remcasia) July 8, 2020
Target apologized when stating the publication. Meanwhile, CAIR-MN, says Target has yet to respond to Aisha directly. For them the explanation of Target on the incident of barist writing ISIS on the Starbucks cup is insufficient.
“I felt a lot of emotions because we’re at a time when people are protesting injustice all over,” said Aishah in the interview. She participated in the Black Lives Matter protest.
Muslim girl demands apology for writing ISIS on Starbuck cup
“All these protests and all these people who are using their voice for a change. To me, it felt like at that moment, we’re doing all of this for people who don’t even care, or who are going to look the other way.”
Aishah says she wants a sincere apology. She demanded a strict action including the firing of the barista and the employees. Also, she wants an in-depth training of the employees.