Starbucks Staffer: I Was Fired For Turning Off WiFi To Stop People From Viewing Porn

Over at StarbucksGossip, they have a letter from a now-former employee at the coffee chain, who claims he was given the boot from his java-dispensing job because he turned off the in-store free WiFi in an effort to stop customers from looking at porn.

After working at the ‘Bucks for three years, the employee says he was axed on Aug. 29:

Two days prior, a number of men had been using Starbucks’ new free Wi-Fi to watch pornography while customers, some of them children, could see and hear. In order to verify whether or not it was within his power as a Starbucks employee to pull the plug and after a number of complaints from customers, [he] went through all the steps, asking supervisors, calling managers, and even looking through the employee handbook (which not only said nothing about this act being against policy but actually explained how to do it) before cutting the public Wi-Fi… What he did was not against policy.

The StarbucksGossip editor who posted the letter chides the former employee for turning off the WiFi, saying he should just “tell the customers to stop viewing porn, or leave the store — now!”

If you were working at Starbucks how would you have resolved the situation if you saw people openly surfing the web for porn? And is the company in the right if, as he claims, they fired him for turning off the WiFi?

This isn’t the right way to deal with porn-surfing Starbucks customers….. [StarbucksGossip.com]