Muslim man says Starbucks barista wrote 'ISIS' on his cups
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A Muslim man said he feels discriminated against after a Starbucks employee in Philadelphia wrote “ISIS” on his cup, but Starbucks claims the mistake was just a misspelling.

Niquel Johnson told NBC News he told a Starbucks barista on Aug. 25 that his name was “Aziz,” giving a shortened version of his Muslim name, Abdul Aziz. 

He noticed about 20 minutes after picking up the three drinks he ordered that the cups had “ISIS” written on them, the acronym for the Islamic terror group. 


"I was shocked at first, and then angry because I felt as though we were discriminated against," Johnson told NBC.

A Starbucks spokesperson told The Hill that, after investigating the incident, the company does not believe it was a case of discrimination or profiling. 

“The customer approached and provided the name Aziz. The barista mistakenly spelled it incorrectly,” the spokesperson said. 

The incident occurred more than a year after more than 8,000 Starbucks stores closed nationwide for anti-bias training after two black men in a Philadelphia Starbucks were arrested as they were waiting for a friend. 

“You'd think they'd be a bit more sensitive and the training would be better,” Johnson told NBC. 

After filing a formal complaint with Starbucks in an email Monday, Johnson told the outlet he received an email that he would be contacted within one or two business days. 

Johnson told NBC he was never contacted, but the Starbucks spokesperson told The Hill the company “connected with Mr. Johnson and apologized for this regrettable mistake.” 

A Starbucks spokesman told NBC a district manager spoke with a woman who identified herself as Johnson’s niece who said it would not be necessary to speak with Johnson directly. 

Johnson told NBC nobody spoke with his nieces, who are 13.

—Updated at 11:05 a.m.