An international student from Seoul says she was harassed by another customer at a Starbucks in California for speaking Korean.
Annie An shared details of the incident on social media, where she described the unpleasant encounter at a Walnut Creek location of the coffee chain.
This is the most unexpected and unbelievable day for me this entire 2017,” An wrote in her post. She described how the woman began complaining about her speaking Korean, saying things like: “This is America. Use English only,” “I don’t want to hear foreign language,” and “Your language is disgusting.”
What happened to me today (Dec 10, 2017). I was at a Starbucks in Walnut Creek, California. Old lady: This is America. Use English ONLY.Me: (?.?) Excuse me? Old lady: I don’t want to hear foreign language. Me: Hello, this is America. We all have freedom to use own language. Old lady: President Obama said ~(too long). Your language is DISGUSTING. Starbucks partners (employees) came to us and asked her to leave. —> This is when I started to take video. Some specific words she mentioned made me so mad. “Especially Korean”, “disgusting”, “be quiet and sit down”, “English only”, and “immigrants”❗️3 Police officers came in after few minutes.(Starbucks employees called police.) They let the lady out. This is the most unexpected and unbelievable day for me this entire 2017. And I even surprising that she didn’t stop complaining about my language even police officers were here. Thanks for the Starbucks employees tried to stop the situation and called the police for us. I wish non of immigrants and international students experience this SHITTY THING. 12월 10일 오늘 월넛크릭에서 인종차별을 당했습니다. 저와 제 친구가 사용하는 언어를 듣고싶지 않다는 말로 시작해, 이곳은 미국이니 영어’만’ 사용하라고 했습니다. 특정하게 “특히 한국어”, “역겹다”, “너희 나라 말(한국어) 사용하지 않고 조용히 앉아있어라”, “이민자” 등 하지 말아야 할말을 사용한 점이 저를 가장 화나게 만들었습니다. “미국= 이민자들의 나라”라 칭해지는 시대에 이런 일을 겪은건 정말 당황스럽고 또한 매우 불쾌합니다. (저는 이민자도 아닌데 말이죠.)결론적으로, 저 아주머니는 경찰의 지시하에 스타벅스 밖으로 내보내졌습니다. 경찰이 온 이후에도 변하지 않는 태도가 정말 놀라울 정도였습니다. 무시하고 넘어갈 주제가 아닌것같아 이렇게 글을 적습니다. 앞으로 모든 이민자와 국제 학생들이 절대 다시는 이런일을 겪지 않았으면 좋겠습니다.—�—�—�EDIT❗️News has came out! Here is the link below. 뉴스가 나왔습니다. 많은 분들이 지지해주셨고 이런일에 대해 나서는 저를 응원해주셨습니다. 모두 감사합니다.http://kron4.com/2017/12/12/video-woman-appears-to-get-angry-at-walnut-creek-starbucks-customers-for-speaking-korean/
Posted by Annie An on Sunday, December 10, 2017
In the video, a Starbucks employee is seen defending An, telling the woman An has the right to speak whatever language she wants and that if she has a problem with it, she can leave.
The woman continues to argue with the employee, saying that An can “sit and be quiet, fine, but I don’t want to hear your language.”
The woman then begins typing on her computer and says, “You’re going to be in trouble when I get this letter out.” Another Starbucks customer who appears to have gotten involved in the situation responds, saying “You’re pressing numbers over and over again.”
At this point, the Starbucks employee informs the woman that he would like her to leave the store. “OK, now I’m asking you to leave. If you don’t want to leave I’m going to call the police,” he says.
An wrote in her post that shortly after she stopped recording, three police officers arrived and the woman left.
“Thanks for the Starbucks employees tried to stop the situation and called the police for us,” An wrote. I wish [none] of immigrants and international students experience this s—- thing.”
A spokesperson for Starbucks told Fox News in a statement, “As the video shows, our partners [employees] take great pride in making sure our stores are welcoming environments, where our customers enjoy a culture of warmth, belonging and everyone is welcome. We want everyone who visits our stores to enjoy their visit.”
An’s post has over 400,000 views, 4,000 shares and 1,000 comments as of Thursday afternoon. Many of the comments were in support of An and praising the Starbucks employee for defending her.
“Thank you Starbucks for doing the right thing! What a vile, vile woman,” one user wrote.
“I’m so sorry this happened to you! Your language is just as beautiful as any other, please don’t let this fool bring you down!” another commented.