A Teen, a Tweet, Trayvon Martin and Biggby Coffee
July 17th, 2013, 4:30 PM
A teenage Biggby Coffee employee in Livonia has been suspended even before she started working.
That's not an easy thing to do.
WWJ reports that on Saturday at 11:16 p.m., the 17-year employee Tweeted on her own account, thanking God “for that bullet that killed Trayvon Martin.” Eventually it was tweeted to Biggby.
The employee later deleted her account while the company’s Facebook and Twitter pages were flooded with complaints, with some calling for a boycott and demanding the worker’s firing.
WWJ reported that the company said the teen was a new employee who had not yet started working.
In a statement, the company said:
“BIGGBY COFFEE does not in any way condone the statements made by the employee at one of its franchise locations,” the company said in an official statement. “The employee in question has been identified and has never worked in a BIGGBY COFFEE. This person was recently hired, but had not yet started training or working behind the counter. We have asked that the employee be suspended pending additional details.”
Biggby was founded in 1995 in East Lansing.