Starbucks wants a Louisiana teacher to know they are very, very sorry that a barista drew a pentagram and a "666" in the foam of two coffee beverages. Satanic lattes? Satattes!
The Raw Story reports that teacher Megan Pinion posted a complaint on Starbucks' Facebook page about the incident. She wasn't sure of the offender's name, because she "was so appalled that I could not bring myself to look at him," she wrote. Please understand, she's not Satanist-shaming: "I am in no way judging his beliefs or dis-meriting his beautiful artwork, (but) I am however judging his lack of professionalism and respect for others."
That's got to be the politest Satanic panic I've ever heard. Pinion continued by gently requesting that this barista please keep his evangelism out of the workplace:
"I am a teacher in the public school system and if I were to present a child of atheist or pagan believers with a Christian art project I could be sued in a heartbeat," Pinion said. "I am of Catholic faith and would love to share in my beliefs daily. Fortunately I have enough common sense to present myself with professionalism and follow an ethics code. Perhaps that could be suggested to that particular location."
And, for the record: "I do believe that it would be equally unprofessional to put a Christian symbol on someone's coffee. It would be offensive to any number of Non-Christians," she added.
SORRY LADY, YOU'RE IN CARCOSA NOW.
A Starbucks spokesman says they're investigating, but it doesn't sound like they've got many leads: "We're taking the complaint seriously. We're not sure who served her or what kind of beverage it was. It looks kind of caramel-ish in the photos."
Of course, there's a pretty good chance the guilty party is not a dyed-black-and-red-in-the-wool believer in the majesty of Our Dark Lord, but rather a cheeky college kid bored at work. In which case, maybe he ought to stick to notebook doodles in the future.
Photo via Facebook.