A 19-year-old woman in Minnesota received her coffee cup with the word “ISIS” written on it.
The Muslim woman identified as Aishah said she was wearing a hijab and face mask when she ordered a beverage at a Target store in St. Paul.
“ISIS” – an abbreviation for the Islamic State terrorist group.
“The moment I saw it, I was overwhelmed with a lot of emotions,” Aishah said.
“I felt belittled and so humiliated. This is a word that shatters the Muslim reputation all over the world. I cannot believe that in this day and age, something like this can be considered acceptable. It isn’t OK,” she added.
She said she was given a new drink and a $25 gift card before being escorted out by the store security.
The state’s Council on American-Islamic Relations is now calling for all staff involved in the incident to be fired from the shop.
A spokesperson for Target, which operates the Starbucks called the labeling an “unfortunate mistake”.
“We have investigated the matter and believe that it was not a deliberate act but an unfortunate mistake that could have been avoided with more clarification. We’re taking appropriate actions with the team member, including additional training, to ensure this does not occur again,” the statement read.