An African American man with the Twitter handle Hotep Jesus knowingly falsely claimed racism so that he could get a free coffee at Starbucks.
Starbucks is racist https://t.co/fPf3ERMlXX
â€” Hotep Jesus ðŸ§ (@VibeHi) April 15, 2018
â€œI heard yaâ€™ll donâ€™t like black people, so I came to get my Starbucks reparations voucher,â€ adds Sharpe and the girl, who is white, immediately complies.
â€œIs that a real thing?â€ she says. â€œI mean, Iâ€™ll give it to you, I saw that on my Twitter last night and I was like, what the f**k!â€
Sharpe gets his free coffee and leaves the store.
â€œBlack privilege gets me free coffee. I love racism. Only in America,â€ he subsequently tweeted.
Other users dubbed the video the #StarbucksChallenge, suggesting that more people may try to copy Sharpeâ€™s stunt in the coming days.
Starbucks will close 8,000 stores on May 29 so 175,000 employees can undergo â€œracial tolerance trainingâ€.
The decision was made in response to an incident in Philadelphia when two black men entered a Starbucks and asked to use a bathroom. When an employee told them it was only for paying customers, the men sat in the store without ordering. The manager then called the police and the men were arrested.