Starbucks barista offers teenage girl escape plan after older man approaches her

A barista has been praised online after offering a teenage girl a way out of a difficult situation while sat in Starbucks.

The girl had been studying in the coffee shop in Corpus Christi, Texas, when a random older man decided to approach her and strike up a conversation.

Noticing the interaction, a worker decided to use a cup as a way of offering some help to the girl.

Walking up to the teenager after filling the cup with hot chocolate, they handed it to her and called it an “extra hot chocolate someone forgot to pick up”.

But the cup contained a handwritten note reading: “Are you okay? Do you want us to intervene? If you do, take the lid off the cup?”

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The drink offered the unnamed girl a way out of what could have been an uncomfortable situation.

While she didn’t end up using the escape home, she went home and showed her mother the cup she had been handed.

The parent posted the kind gesture on social media, writing: “How grateful I am for people who look out for other people! Side note: She felt safe and did not remove the lid, but let them know. She said the whole team was watching over her the rest of the time she was there.”

Speaking to TODAY Food, she added: “It made me feel so grateful that the Starbucks employees were watching out for her.

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“As a mum, that is my worst fear that something would happen to my child and nobody would be there to help.”

The story went viral over the past year, with several people sharing it and resharing it, praising the barista for what she did.

James Herring, CEO of UK-based PR firm Taylor Herring, tweeted the image with the caption: “Kudos to the Starbucks’ barista who checked in on a teenage girl by writing a discreet message on her cup.”

Several users of the popular platform, which has recently been rebranded as X, flocked to the comments to agree with Herring.

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“Agreed Kudos to the Starbucks staff that’s a brilliant gesture,” wrote user @BearTaff. “All credit to the staff. What a dreadful state this country is now in,” added @Wishfullthinki9.

On Grown and Flown’s Instagram, however, the comments were not as positive.

“How sad a man can’t go up and talk to a lady anymore…. Sounds like a liberal wrote that on the cup…. oh yea it is Starbucks so most likely … pathetic,” wrote @mr.pando728. “It’s a bit sad when someone is being friendly and it raises red flags. But that’s the world we live in it seems,” @terryjoe64.

@elizscarbs rebutted those comments, however, and wrote: “Seeing the comments by the men whining about not being able to talk to young females and saying it’s just being friendly. Why her? Were there no other people in the store that can be approached? We don’t know the conversation that was had but perhaps it was enough that someone felt the want to intervene. Men need to stop approaching young women for idle chit chat, you caused this issue by being creepy and hitting on them, stop defending other men for doing it. My gosh can’t you police yourselves.”

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