Sunny Bog, Florida:
A local church is boycotting Starbucks after a young barista failed to say ‘bless you’ to a sneezy customer.
Sources say that Anita Goodbath, tambourine player at Old Times Gospel Church, sneezed while waiting for her Venti Mocha Frappuccino and blueberry donut last Sunday afternoon, but Callie Carpenter, sixteen-year-old barista and Junior at Sunny Bog High School, failed to acknowledge the sneeze.
According to pastor Judson Whitehead, the barista’s behavior is blatant persecution.
“Christian persecution is rampant. It’s subtler here in the United States, but no less demonic or damaging than in China, the Middle East, or California. I’ll admit that Sister Goodbath shouldn’t have been in Starbucks to begin with, but I’m still outraged by the lack of respect for her, our church, and God.”
We spoke with an emotional Carpenter yesterday between summer volleyball practice and her evening shift.
“I didn’t mean to be rude or offensive at all,” she said. “Honestly, I was trying very hard to be polite when that lady sneezed on both the counter and me. I mean, I had just cleaned that counter after the youth group kids left—man, I wish Chick-Fil-A was open on Sundays! Anyway, I thought I did really well by not saying anything at all.”
According to Goodbath, she has consulted the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) to consider whether the omission is grounds for a lawsuit, but they are currently undecided.
In the meantime, Pastor Whitehead and the church deacons have contacted members to make them aware of the boycott.
“Effective immediately, we will not do business with Starbucks, that bastion of secularism, either as a church, or as individual members of Old Times Gospel Church,” said the most recent post on the church’s Myspace page.
We asked Suzanne Smith, local manager at Starbucks, how she felt about the boycott.
“It’s terrific news,” she said, “for our employees and our customers.”