Multiple versions of the coupon have been widely shared on social media, appearing right after Starbucks made headlines for the controversial arrests of two black men in a Philadelphia location.
Starbucks has announced that the manager who called the police is "no longer at that store". In his video, Bryan walks into Starbucks and says, "I heard Y'all was racist, so I came to get my, um, free coffee", to which the barista immediately complies and starts making Bryan's free cup of coffee. That is the issue that needs to be addressed, not whether Starbucks is racist.
For the most part, the coupons read "We're sorry".
They state: "Starbucks values all people of color and we are working on employee sensitivity training".
"Let's Talk" is printed on the coupon, which offers the freebie saying "We know we can do better".
Baristas are then told to use the discount code 1488, which combines the white nationalist 14 words phrase along with 88, which is an abbreviation for the phrase "Heil Hitler". The QR code for the coupon links to a website page that translates the code as the n-word.
Starbucks confirmed to Business Insider that the coupons are fake.
"This is completely false and in no way associated with Starbucks", a Starbucks spokeswoman told CNBC when asked about the posts. Starbucks has always been a target for right-wing ire, particularly their holiday cups which have been criticized for not being Christian enough.
After the incident, Starbucks will be closing its more than 8,000 company-owned stores on May 29 to conduct racial-bias education geared toward preventing discrimination, the Seattle-based company said in a news release. Sound off in the comments.