Yesha Callahan

Coffee Shop Fires New Hire After Horrible Travyon Martin Tweet

Coffee Shop Fires New Hire After Horrible Travyon Martin Tweet

Stupidity and social media has cost a teenager her job at a coffee shop in Michigan. The 17-year-old, who had been hired at a Biggby Coffee franchise in Livonia, Mich. but not yet begun training or started working reportedly tweeted on the night of the guilty verdict: “I want to thank god… for that bullet that killed Trayvon Martin,” according to CBS Detroit.

The employee’s tweet went public after a story on YourBlackWorld.net Monday reported the tweet came from a Biggby Coffee employee. The story spurned the social media outrage against the coffee company. Eventually the new hire deleted her account while the company’s Facebook and Twitter pages were flooded with complaints, with some calling for a boycott and demanding the worker’s firing.

Biggby released a statement in response to the incident which cited a suspension, but by Thursday, she was fired:

BIGGBY COFFEE does not in any way condone the statements made by the employee at one of its franchise locations. The employee in question has been identified and has never worked in a BIGGBY COFFEE. This person was recently hired, but had not yet started training or working behind the counter. We have asked that the employee be suspended pending additional details. 

The thoughts and opinions of BIGGBY COFFEE franchise employees do not reflect the thoughts and opinions of BIGGBY COFFEE.

BIGGBY COFFEE’s cultural values have been and continue to be: B-Happy, Have fun, Make friends, Love people,Drink great coffee

Twitter, unmasking stupidity one tweet at time.

  1. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    People really show their true colors on social networking sites even when they can be identified. This girl had the nerve to say that stupid statement. I thank the higher power that she was suspending and hopefully will be fired.

    • July 19, 2013 - Reply

      @geenababe

      It wasn’t a ‘higher power’ who did this. People don’t give others enough credit where and when it is due.

    • July 19, 2013 - Reply

      @geenababe

      Years ago media experts claimed the reason there was so much hate speech on online message boards was because the internet allowed people to be anonymous.

      If people had to attach their names to their ugly words, these experts argued, they would never post due to their fear and embarrassment.

      Boy were they wrong! Social media squashed that.

      Bigots put their names, photos, and even addresses out there these days.

      Cray-zee.

      • July 19, 2013 - Reply

        @Lynne

        @lynne

        Truth

  2. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    Just like the tweet about Baltimore Ravens Torrey Smith’s brother, I refuse to blame this brand of stupidity on the case of ‘being young’.
    I’m glad that there are consequences of acting callous on social media forums.

  3. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    17 yrs old with that type of hate and ignorance SMH …the world has hardly done anything to you yet baby girl. People need to do better with their kids.

    • July 19, 2013 - Reply

      @Nick

      The irony is that she is Trayvon’s age. If he already deserved to die, where does that leave her?

      Hate or not, some people just don’t think before they post, although I am always glad when someone let’s the world know just how much hate she or he feels.

  4. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    Could you imagine if everyone who’s made disrespectful comments such as this within the the last few weeks lost their jobs?

    Maybe then they’d finally do some critical thinking before opening their mouths or typing.

  5. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    Who Hurt This Child So Bad…? I wish a screenshot of her account could be found. If she’s dumb enough to do this she’s dumb enough to have her full name on it, thus making her etched in dumb-ass history for ever. SMH.

  6. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    Twitter: Exposing Idiots Since 2006 (140 Characters at a Time)!

  7. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong and why would you thank God for a bullet that killed a kid your age, who was going about his business of getting back home and not committing any type of illegal behavior. Now if it was somebody like Bin Laden I could understand who when the Seals murked him I was like Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish but, I didn’t invoke God into it. There are many reasons to thank God but, the slaughter of a kid is not one of them. Just like that chick from Kitchen Aid during the Presidential debates deciding to get cute and invoke President Obama’s dead grandmother as a joke and cost Kitchen Aid for a good while, folks want to get on the internet and get cute.

    Look at all those NFL dudes that have been in the news for various reasons of expressions, The Pouncey Twins for wearing Free Hernandez shirts and Aaron is their guy from college, and one of the twins apologized, then Victor Cruz and Roddy White tweeting about how Zimmerman and those jurors should be dealt with. Their teams all got hold of them and here came the apologies. Were suppose to live in a country of freedom of expression but, not really more like freedom of expression as long as it don’t bring bad press or cost anybody money.

  8. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    This is off-topic, but I need to get some sh*t off of my chest.
    Can I rant for a moment please?
    Why does certain people… Eff it… Why does white people (because let’s face it, they are the only ones who complain about this) believe that they can say racist/prejudicial sh*t and they think that they can get away with it?
    The reason why I ask is because a few months ago, a co-worker of mine (a supervisor) had said some statements that were racist, at an ‘after-hours, Happy Hour’ type of function. And he said this in front of…not one… not two… not three… BUT SIX SUPERIORS!!! INCLUDING HIS OWN SUPERVISOR!
    So, now, ole’ boy is in hot water because now his superiors are evaluating his work performance and are questioning his subordinates to decipher if his personal views are affecting his work life. They have some proof, due to several patients calling ‘311’ and making formal complaints against the hospital that I work for.
    So now, he is asking each of his employees to write a formal letter stating that he is not a racist and he always maintain a professional behavior while he is here.
    He is such an a**banjo!

    • July 19, 2013 - Reply

      @MimiLuvs

      I hope the employees include his request in their reports. Funny how he’s playing nice now that his job is on the line. And my ‘funny’, I mean ‘not surprised’.

    • July 21, 2013 - Reply

      @MimiLuvs

      It’s amazing how alcohol allows people to show their true colors.

  9. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    @Hollywood

    Wasn’t that deep, I was trying to make a play on her own words.

  10. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    I found a new racist detector app, it’s called Facebook!

  11. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    “She’s still a teen!”/”Freedom of Speech!” b.s. excuses in 4….3…2…

  12. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    I know one of my co-workers have told his supervisor that he was asked to provide a letter.
    Even his usual hang-out buddies are staying away from him.

  13. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    I’m convinced that racist people are, by far, more stupid than the average population. She proves that point.

  14. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    Shouldn’t they be boycotting HER and not the freaking company? I would be pissed off if people were attacking my business for accidentally hiring some racist w/ out knowing. SHE is the problem not the Coffee shop.

    • July 19, 2013 - Reply

      @Gina

      How exactly do you boycott a person???
      Boycotting is exactly how we were able to gain rights in this country, hit people in their pockets and then they’ll listen to you.
      The actual company may not be racist but by allowing an employee to spout such hateful comments they are de facto condoning those comments and I don’t want to support any company that allows that type of hate speech.

    • July 19, 2013 - Reply

      @Gina

      It’s like they say in the legal field – you go after the person with the deepest pockets. As an employee of the co she is their de facto rep – they don’t want that connection. She has no public image/worth to boycott.

  15. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    They are used to saying such things without repurcussions. They were probably raised saying such things or are now in social circles where that is acceptable. Many of them don’t even see it as racist, especially when it’s a joke. The digital age has allowed us to see the things that people would only say in private company.

  16. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    I could say this is a post to realize what you post matters online. but instead ill say thank goodness our sick heart is exposed. Id rather be jobless then a racist

  17. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    I thank God for the media, social network, power of the masses of consumers who threatened to boycott, The CEO of Bigby and for your stupidity silly little girl because of all these factors it’s one less bigot working with the public. And now because of your stupidity and your picture from Twitter many other businesses will be smart enough not to hire a hateful mean spirited person like yourself. May God touch your hateful, black heart and heal you.

  18. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    The ingrained hatred from these people is draining….. Smh.!!!

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