Baristas never get the day off: The 3 a.m. explosion that rocked an Upper East Side Starbucks yesterday, likely the result of a small bomb, hasn’t gotten the Third Avenue store employees out of any of their foaming duties. A Starbucks spokesperson writes via email that “though the store was temporarily closed following the incident, it is now reopened.” The spokesperson also says that “Customer and partner (employee) safety is our top priority.”
Last week, one blogger speculated that Starbucks had become the target of “jihad” because an Egyptian cleric “named Safwat Higazi calls for a boycott against Starbucks because the Starbucks logo is Queen Esther (the heroine of Purim, a Jewish holiday celebrating a foiled plot to murder the Jews of ancient Persia.)”
Starbucks doesn’t believe its other stores are in danger. “We have no reason to believe that any of our other Starbucks locations are unsafe and we invite our customers to continue enjoying their Starbucks Experience.”
Read up on the Queen Esther stuff here.