Starbucks Employee Writes ISIS on Cup and Oh My

Starbucks Employee Writes ISIS on Cup and Oh My

Starbucks Employee Writes ISIS on Cup and Oh My

Starbucks is the coffee joint that people either love or hate, it seems. The coffee tastes burnt, say some, while others don’t like their social politics. Yet every fall, tons of people crowd into their local Starbucks looking for their hit of Pumpkin Spice Latte.

And then there’s the coffee chain’s attempt to bond barista and customer by writing the customer’s name on the coffee cup. Which can sometimes go wrong.

Like in Philadelphia recently, when a Muslim man, wearing religious garb, popped into a local Starbucks for some coffee. His name is Niquel Johnson, although on this day he was going by his Islamic name “Aziz.” So Johnson told the barista to put “Aziz” on his cup. Trouble is, the employee wrote “ISIS” instead.

Rather than shouting out “ISIS” when the order was ready, the employee just called out the drink type. No harm, no foul, right? Besides, Starbucks is famous (or notorious, depending on your point of view) for misspelling customers’ names. Most people take it as a joke and move on. Some conspiratorial types even claim that it’s done on purpose, although Starbucks denies it.

Comedy Central UK even created a short video poking fun at the misspellings.

However, Niquel/Aziz Johnson didn’t see it as funny. In fact, he thought this was no mistake but downright anti-Muslim discrimination. And when his mosque, the Germantown Masjid, found out about the misspelling, they complained, too. On Twitter, of course.

So Niquel/Aziz filed an online complaint with Starbucks, who responded to him via email on Monday. Then on Friday, the company issued this statement to the Washington Post.

“After conducting a thorough investigation, we have no reason to believe this was a case of discrimination or profiling. When the customer approached our barista and shared his nickname, Aziz, she mistakenly spelled it incorrectly. After first learning of this unfortunate incident, we quickly contacted the family and apologized for the misunderstanding that took place. We want everyone who comes into our stores to have a positive experience. We do not tolerate discrimination or profiling of any kind in our stores from partners (employees) or customers.”

Starbucks also reached out to Johnson’s wife, who had posted a picture of the cup on her Facebook page.

On top of that, a Starbucks district manager attempted to contact the Johnson family, using the number that Niquel/Aziz Johnson left on his complaint. The manager claimed that he spoke with Johnson’s niece, Alora. However, Niquel/Aziz Johnson says that he doesn’t know anyone by that name.

Let me show you my shocked face.



But guess who is getting involved in this hot mess? Yep, CAIR: the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the leftwing group best known for whipping up charges of anti-Muslim bigotry. The Philadelphia chapter of CAIR insisted that Niquel/Aziz Johnson never received a response from Starbucks. And as for the company reaching out to Johnson’s wife — well, that wasn’t good enough.

Because it’s never good enough. 

Here’s what the Philadelphia chapter of CAIR wrote on their website:

“CAIR-Philadelphia is also demanding that Starbucks send a letter of apology to Mr. Johnson and that Starbucks executives meet with CAIR officials to discuss integrating anti-Muslim racism training for the corporate giant’s Philadelphia employees.”

And, of course, they blame Trump:

“This incident takes place in a culture of hatred pushed by the highest offices of the nation. Muslim children are called names every day in schools around the country. The incident in Chestnut Hill is a symptom of a deep running problem that needs to be rectified by educational programs and a zero-tolerance policy.”

So the beatings will continue until attitudes improve. And activists control what you are allowed to say.

Now guess what Niquel/Aziz Johnson is thinking may be his next move? Yep, he’s considering legal action, of course! “I feel like they’re not taking it seriously as it is,” he said. After all, Starbucks has really deep pockets.

So to quote a famous (or, more appropriately, infamous) Muslim-American: “It’s all about the Benjamins baby!”


Featured image: Carolyn Balcom@bē BY-NC-ND 4.o.

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  • Scott says:

    “The incident in Chestnut Hill is a symptom of a deep running problem that needs to be rectified”… they’re right, in that small part.. too damn many muslims who would destroy everything we hold dear have been allowed in to the country.. they need to be shown the door, along with anyone else who advocates for terrorism and the destruction of our republic (Yes CAIR, I’m looking at you!)

    • GWB says:

      too damn many muslims
      I would say “too damn many people who have learned to extort on the basis of being offended over identity.”

      • Scott says:

        That as well. Though I still hold that fundamental islam is incompatible with a free society, and even more so, our Constitution..

        • GWB says:

          Yeah, I just wanted to point out this stuff didn’t originate with islam. This bit:
          demanding that … Starbucks executives meet with CAIR officials to discuss integrating anti-Muslim racism training for the corporate giant’s Philadelphia employees
          sounds just like Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson.

          • Scott says:

            100% correct GWB, I’d also put money on the fact that a muslim in Filthadelphia (a once nice city, i grew up outside it) is far more likely to resemble Not-So-Sharpton or Jackson than Osama…

  • Hate_me says:

    I hate داعش (DAESH/ISIS) for a great many reasons, foremost among which is the fact that they forced the writers of “Archer” to abandon their agency.

    On a site like this, run by strong-willed and intelligent women, I am reminded that the organization also detracts from the Egyptian (and later Greco-Roman) mother goddess (and an uncommon, though not rare, female name)… this is why I prefer the title DAESH for these idiots over ISIS. It’s more accurate, doesn’t impugn the good name Isis, and the organization, itself, doesn’t like it.

  • Jim says:

    When there’s any chance to make personal and political capital the attention-seekers and political opportunists can’t help themselves: In Melbourne [Australia] a few days ago a council employee mistakenly sent a magazine photos of a young Ugandan fashion model instead of the correct [Sudanese] model for a promotional piece. The young Sudanese lady [Adut Akech] was welcomed into Australia in childhood and has prospered due to her elegance and style in the ‘fashion’ industry. Instead of accepting that the actions of the council employee were an unfortunate and unintentional mistake, Miss Akech screamed RACISM and soon had all the bureaucrats and do-gooders running around with their knickers in a twist. The Mayor of Melbourne even arranged a meeting to apologise. [Frankly I can’t tell one skinny, pouting fashion model from another; they all look undernourished to me and I cannot abide their sulky faces.]

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  • Charles N. Steele says:

    It would be SOP for Starbucks to close for a few days for mandatory training for all employees — after which the females would be wearing the new Starbucks hijab. Heh-heh…except really not funny. That’s the ultimate goal of Islamists — to force submission — and the left is remarkably cooperative.

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