You don’t really need a lot of reason to hate Starbucks. They’re a big nasty mass-produced American chain trying very hard at taking over the world by railroading their way through individualism so that you can enjoy the very same drink wherever you are on the planet because heaven forbid you should want to try something new. But in case you were short on reasons to choose somewhere else to buy a coffee here’s a good one for you.

A Portland Starbucks manager, Fabian Mills (right), was taken to one side by his new district manager, Frances Ericson, and told it was inappropriate for him to cycle to work, and it would be preferred for him to use a car.

“She pulled me aside and said she would prefer that I drove to the meeting. She asked me if I even had a car and then said it was inappropriate to ride my bike. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing but she actually said she would prefer if I drove a car and that it was unprofessional to ride a bike to work.” Said Mills.

Four days later Mills was informed he would be transferred to another store that would add 16 miles to his daily commute. After expressing his disappointment with the transfer, Ericson allegedly said, “You should just get over riding your bike.”

Angered by this response Mills filed a formal complaint with the human resources and business ethics departments of Starbucks, but he felt the issue was never taken very seriously and as a result decided to resign.

The story was first reported on a local portland website, earlier this month. However since the story broke it has, as one might expect, spread across the internet in a manner that has not cast a favorable light on the coffee giant who claim to have long history of supporting alternative transportation commute options for its employees.

Initially Starbucks refused to comment on the story citing privacy concerns. However as the story gained momentum the company had a change of heart about the privacy issue and Starbucks’ Director of Corporate Communications, Valerie O’Neil, called Jonathon Maus of to voice concern over what Starbucks thought was an unfair internet buzz surrounding the story.

The phone call was followed by an official statement from the coffee giant in which they asserted “The concerns raised by the district manager were regarding Mr. Mills arriving late to a meeting and being disheveled in appearance, not about his riding a bicycle to work.” However no reference to Mills transfer was made and Mills himself now works for Bank or America.
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