Coffee shop customer has fit over no cream

Police want to talk to man who verbally assaulted a Starbucks worker in Abbotsford and threw water in her face.

Abbotsford Police are trying to track down a customer who blew up at a coffee shop employee after being told the store was out of cream.

Const. Ian MacDonald said police are investigating the incident because the man’s actions were “over the top.”

The incident took place last Wednesday at about 6 p.m. at the Starbucks at 1907 Sumas Way. A man in his 40s ordered a coffee and, after being told there was no cream, began yelling and swearing at the female employee.

MacDonald said the man then threw water in the woman’s face, from a container he was holding, and stormed out of the store.

He drove away in a Ford Ranger pickup, and a store employee obtained the licence plate. MacDonald said police are now trying to track down the vehicle’s registered owner, who is not from the Fraser Valley, as well as reviewing surveillance video from the store.

The man could face potential assault charges.

MacDonald said police want to “shine a light” on the situation.

“Many people have friends and family who work in customer service environments like coffee houses and fast food locations. I think we would all want to see those friends and family protected from the unacceptable verbal and physical abuse that were part of this incident,” he said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225.



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