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Muslim woman gets 'ISIS'-labeled Starbucks drink

Muslim woman gets 'ISIS'-labeled Starbucks drink”

Aishah - who has only disclosed her first name for safety reasons - ordered the drink at a Starbucks inside a Target in St. Paul, Minnesota, on 1 July. It is unclear whether ISIS was capitalized on the cup.

"When I first received the drink I was in shock that in a day and age something like this could be written", Aishah said.

"The word that was written on the drink is a word that shatters the Muslim reputation all around the world", she said at a press conference.

'When we talk about this word ISIS and the weight that it has in the Muslim community, unfortunately with Islamophobia - the number one thing discriminatory identified is "terrorist,"' Hussein said. It is not right.

The woman added that it is not possible that the person who took her order could have misunderstood her name as ISIS as she slowly repeated it multiple times. She did not spell it. Across the country, he said, the terrorist group's name has been used to harass people of the Islamic faith.

When Aishah challenged the barista, they claimed that to have not heard her name correctly.

She told the barista the name to write on the cup: Aishah.

The university student said when she asked to address the incident with the barista's supervisor, her "concerns were dismissed" and she was given a new drink and a $25 gift card before being escorted away by security officers.

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"This is not a simple mistake".

CAIR-MN is calling for the firing of the two Target Starbucks employees involved in the incident.

According to reports, Aishah has now filed discrimination charges against Target.

In a statement to CNN, a Target spokesperson noted "everyone who shops with us to feel welcomed, valued and respected and we strictly prohibit discrimination and harassment in any form". We are very sorry for this guest's experience at our store and immediately apologised to her when she made our store leaders aware of the situation.

"We have investigated the matter and believe that is was not a deliberate act but an unfortunate mistake that could have been avoided with more clarification", the company said in a statement. The Starbucks is a licensee store, meaning it is run by Target and not Starbucks.

Jaylani Hussein, executive director of CAIR-MN, said labeling someone who is Muslim as "ISIS" is "perhaps the most Islamophobic statement you can make toward a Muslim".

"Unfortunately, these types of incidents have been happening too far, too long", Hussein said.



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