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He told Starbucks his name was 'Pedro.' But his coffee cup came with a racial slur.

Starbucks apologized after a man named Pedro, who is Latino, said he went to the Starbucks in La Canada, California, and had an employee write the word "beaner" — a racial slur — on his coffee cup
Starbucks apologized after a man named Pedro, who is Latino, said he went to the Starbucks in La Canada, California, and had an employee write the word "beaner" — a racial slur — on his coffee cup NBC Los Angeles Screenshot

He just wanted a cup of coffee from Starbucks, but it came with a racial slur as well.

A Hispanic man only identified as Pedro told NBC Los Angeles that he was trying to get his caffeine fix on Tuesday afternoon — but a Starbucks employee in La Canada, California, labeled him as "beaner" on his coffee cup. The man told the employee that his name was "Pedro," he said.

"Beaner" is a racial slur used against people of Mexican heritage. Now Pedro wants an explanation for how the "offensive word" ended up on his cup, especially because he told NBC a Starbucks employee called him by his correct name when handing him his coffee order.

Miguel Acosta told CBS Los Angeles that his friend Pedro thinks "that’s not fair.”

“My friend is also sad," Acosta added to the TV station.

A spokesperson for Starbucks said in an interview with Fox11 that "we want to make sure it doesn’t happen again." According to the TV station, the manager at the Starbucks went to Pedro's work and offered him free coffee, gift cards and an apology.

But he refused the gifts and said he just wants one thing: "respect," Fox11 reported.

Pedro explained why he refused the $50 gift card.

"I didn't accept it," he told NBC, "because it’s like an insult overall."

This Starbucks incident comes after two black men were arrested while sitting inside a Starbucks in Philadelphia. Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson told "Good Morning America" that they were there for "a real estate meeting" that they hoped could change "our whole entire situation, our lives."

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