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A Starbucks barista was suspended for mocking a man who struggles with a stammer after allegedly writing his name as 'RRR...ichard' on his cup.
Richard Procter says he was handed the cup in the Starbucks at Ashford International railway station in Kent by a barista last Friday.
Mr Procter, who runs an IT company in Kent, complained to the Starbucks UK Facebook page.
He wrote: "The treatment I received from one of the [Starbucks] staff was extremely offensive and humiliating.
"Would this be acceptable to a person with more obvious disabilities? I highly doubt it.
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"Yes I have a speech impediment, and have been subjected to many jokes over the years, of which most I can handle, however there are many people that struggle to cope in public and this could be extremely upsetting for them.
"This is not unique but for some reason some of society think it's acceptable behaviour.
"The only difference in this instance is that I was handed the proof instead of having to listen to the comment."
Jimmy Carr working in a Starbucks. Credit: PA Images
This isn't the first time that a Starbucks barista has caused controversy with what they've written on a customer's cup. Back in June, 22-year-old Rosie noticed one of the baristas had written 'Virgin' on her drink.
She told Mirror Online: "I was so angry, they may as well have written 'troll' on my cup - that's how it made me feel.
"I can laugh about it now, but what if the staff are doing that to every girl who goes in on their own? It could really upset them, especially if they're really insecure."
The company has often come under criticism for misspelling people's names on their cups when they come to collect them, with a number of theories as to why...
Why Such Bad Spelling?
It's thought that the coffee-chain tells its employees to spell customer's names incorrectly in order to get free publicity.
Spelling the names wrong encourages coffee drinkers to post pictures of their cups on social media. In effect, baristas are part of a cost-free advertising campaign for the company.
And you only need to take one look around social media to see that it's working...
Kicking off a day of meetings with gusto... and the right spelling of my name on a Starbucks cup... first time in 10 years! pic.twitter.com/vSj62UsNBF
- Stefano Petrullo (@iltrullo) January 10, 2017
Mmm does @StarbucksUK @shopsilverburn attempt at spelling my name count as being close? #jerrard #icedcoffe #coffeelover #starbucks #yum pic.twitter.com/0AdomzsaF1
- Gerald Segal (@geraldsegal) January 10, 2017
Starbucks kept spelling my other name wrong so I started telling them my name is Ian. They couldnt even get that right pic.twitter.com/YQrewNKHLu
- Carchi (@LMN8ter) January 10, 2017
Latest Starbucks mis-spelling of my name: Makania.
- neph (@nephsies) January 11, 2017
Most creative spelling of my name award goes to Starbucks near Kings Cross Station pic.twitter.com/8Yi8vVabdM
- Abby Larson (@abbylarson30) January 14, 2017
a running list of how starbucks has been spelling my name, in order:
- riley (@alanfrickman) January 18, 2017
Either really clever, or incredibly stupid.
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