Report: Starbucks disciplines employee for supporting Roseburg shooting victims

Starbucks_Coffee_Logo.svgIt seems that Starbucks isn’t too happy with at least one employee who wanted to do something to show support for the victims of the deranged Christophobe who murdered nine people at Umpqua Community College.

According to Rick Wells, Allissa Williamson worked at a Starbucks in Las Cruces, New Mexico, to supplement her income while student teaching and looking to begin her career. Wells said she was also a former student at UCC before transferring to New Mexico.

Wells added:

When she woke up Friday morning Ms Williamson decided she wanted to do something in support of and to show respect for those who were victimized by the senseless acts. She decided to wear a t-shirt she still had from her Umpqua student days to her job at Starbucks. While the customers were overwhelmingly in support of the gesture Ms Williamson was making, her employer was not, and ordered her to change due to a dress code violation. T-shirts aren’t allowed and she didn’t have a “hip” mock turtleneck Umpqua shirt.

She was written up and refused to change.  But that wasn’t all, as Wells reported:

Coffee control freaks don’t allow their mandates to be challenged. Maybe, if the Umpqua students had been street hoods shot by a cop while committing a crime or assault it would have been an issue worthy of an exception. They were just everyday Americans, working hard to improve their lives. They were ambushed by what may have been an Islamic terrorist and killed for their Christian religious faith. Obviously there’s nothing worthy of “coffee-logic” sympathies there.

The manager allegedly offered to purchase pins in support of the college and reportedly asked Allissa what she would like the company to do, although, Wells said, “there is no indication that anything came of it.”

Then she apparently did the unthinkable.  She spoke to the conservative-leaning Roseburg Beacon, and that, it seems, was a firing offense.  Wells explained:

Allissa’s dad, Randy, told her story to me. She also told it herself to a writer with the Roseburg Beacon, something which appears to have disturbed the natural order of things at coffee camp headquarters. As I was preparing this story I received the following message from Randy, a forwarding of a message Allissa had sent to him.

Here’s the photo Wells posted:


Wells said the company may well be within its legal rights to discipline or terminate as it chooses, but there’s a difference between right and wrong.

“From a business perspective or, more importantly, from that of compassionate human beings, they seem to have fallen well short of the mark,” he added.

Of course, if the victims of the UCC shooting were Muslim instead of Chritian, I suspect Starbuck’s reaction would quite likely be completely different…


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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