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Federal Way police are investigating racist tagging of the Starbucks sign





Federal Way police investigate racist statement painted on a Starbucks sign Oct. 31

, in full view of Pacific customers and commuters Hwy. S.

When frequent Starbucks customer Shar Bennett saw "Whites Only" painted with white capital letters on the dark gray sign, she tagged the company on Facebook.

"It hurt my heart," she said. "If I had something to cover, I would."

Bennett alerted the Starbucks staff. "They said they had already cleaned it," and I said, & # 39; Well, it's back there again. & # 39; & # 39; & # 39;

& # 39; I felt like I was in & # 39; The Twilight Zone & # 39; because people were just doing their business, "she said.

Bennett says she felt she felt after the company's reputation when she reached out to Starbucks again, urging them to remove or cover up the sign, which she said late in the morning was outrageous to customers and passersby.

"Stop the coffee orders, stop what you're doing, it's nothing more important than getting it off your sign," Bennett said.

Finally Federal Way police took a report and Starbucks staff cleared the sign of the sign. "I got a message from Starbucks," Bennett said. "They tackled it."

Bennett says she's a big Starbucks fan and her anger is directed at the vandal and not the company, but she said it should be a corporate record when hateful statements are displayed on their property.

Starbucks sent KIRO 7 a statement Saturday morning that addressed the incident.

worthy vandalism and we traded r ash to remove it when it was discovered. Hat and discrimination of any kind are not welcome in our stores, "said Jory Mendes, who works with company communications for the company.

" Afterwards, I wasn't sure if it was right to do, but I'm glad I did, "she said.

Federal Way police are looking for the vandal who painted the sign. Neighbors have recently investigated some racist graffiti incidents such as hate crimes.


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