Viral UPDATE: Starbucks Cashier Fired After Admitting to Stealing Credit Card
Warning: This video contains profanity.
UPDATE: The Starbucks cashier seen in the viral video has since been fired, according to Starbucks.
In a statement to KTLA, Starbucks said: “We were extremely troubled to learn of this incident, and we have been working directly with the customer to address this situation. We value our customers’ trust, and this experience was completely unacceptable. We will support local authorities in any investigation."
The woman whose credit card was stolen reportedly chose not to press charges, believing that the online shaming was enough of a punishment.
(Original report below)
A California woman confronted a Starbucks cashier for allegedly going on a spending spree with her credit card.
"We got you on camera yesterday at Ralph's for $200, so just know that the cops are coming up here," Juana Martinez told the 19-year-old worker at the Lakewood location.
Martinez told the cashier she remembered her disappearing with the card briefly to get more "receipt paper."
"You took a copy of my [expletive] card on New Year's Day. You know what you did, right?"
The terrified worker then seemingly admitted what she had done, apologized and begged the woman not to press charges.
"I'm sorry that I took money from you and your kids," she said. "I'm sorry that you had to come up here. I'm sorry that this is inconvenient for you ... I am a good child. I swear I am really good. I really do go to school. I'm 19. I play soccer."
But Martinez was having none of it.
"You come to Starbucks to get coffee, not to get robbed!" she said.
Martinez's brother, Brian Espinoza, filmed the scene and published it on YouTube and Facebook, saying she had to make a stop at the store "and embarrass her life before reporting it to the police."
"I almost feel bad for the girl but she robbed the wrong person," he wrote. "Keep an eye out folks, even if it's at your friendly neighborhood Starbucks."
Watch the confrontation above.