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Brewing Scandal: Starbucks Accused of Turning Pocket Change ($900 million) into Latte Luxuries

How Your Spare Change is Funding Executive Espresso Machines

NEWS  Security  January 4, 2024  Reading time: 2 Minute(s)

mdo Max (RS editor)


In a plot twist frothier than a caramel macchiato, Starbucks finds itself at the center of a brewing scandal. The Washington Consumer Protection Coalition has stirred the pot, alleging that the coffee giant has been secretly siphoning off customers' spare change through its app payment system. According to the coalition, Starbucks has managed to turn those leftover cents into a whopping $900 million over the last five years.

Campaign manager Chris Carter pointed a caffeinated finger at Starbucks, accusing the company of rigging its payment platform to trap unsuspecting customers in a caffeine-fueled financial loop. "Starbucks rigs its payment platform so consumers are encouraged to leave unspent money on their cards and apps", Carter exclaimed, shaking his head at the audacity of the java juggernaut.

The coalition's formal complaint suggests that customers can't fully spend the money they load onto their Starbucks accounts, creating a vortex of unspent dollars. While a few leftover bucks might not seem like a grande deal, the group claims that over the years, these forgotten funds have added up to a venti-sized $900 million in corporate revenue. It seems Starbucks has found the perfect blend of boosting profits and inflating executive bonuses, all at the expense of unsuspecting coffee enthusiasts.

"Starbucks rigs its payment platform so consumers are encouraged to leave unspent money on their cards and apps"

"Customers loaded roughly $15 billion onto Starbucks Cards last year, and the company relies on these funds as a source of interest-free operating capital. The company has, therefore, a powerful incentive to maximize the funds flowing onto the Payment Platform, and in fact, seeks to maximize this flow by using several manipulative digital design features on its mobile app", the group asserted, raising eyebrows over the intricate latte-ern Starbucks seems to have brewed.

But fear not, coffee aficionados, for Starbucks has pulled its best espresso shot in defense. The company disputes the allegations, claiming that customers can pay for their orders with whatever balance is left on their app or gift card and simply fork over the remaining amount in cash at the store, achieving a zen-like zero balance.

Starbucks spokesperson Sam Jefferies reassured the public that the coffee empire remains committed to working with the State of Washington to ensure compliance with all state laws and regulations. Whether this is a case of corporate caffeine capers or a simple misunderstanding, one thing is clear - the beans have been spilled, and the coffee community is buzzing with disbelief over this bitter brew of controversy.

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