×

Please verify

Watch LIVE

Tattoo Tiff: Employee of Coffee Shop Giant Told to Remove Her Body Art or Go Grind Beans Somewhere Else

Video

"It's not offensive to anybody."

Image source: WBJK-TV

It's a single heart tattoo...

Image source: WBJK-TV Image source: WJBK-TV

...the size of a penny:

Image source: WJBK-TV Image source: WJBK-TV

And the tattoo's owner, a woman who calls herself Kayla, said she had the tattoo when she interviewed for her job at a Michigan Starbucks almost five years ago.

But now Kayla says Starbucks has had enough of her body art, giving her 30 days to begin a removal process — or resign.

"It's just a little heart you can cover it up with your thumb...It's not offensive to anybody," she told WJBK-TV in Detroit.

Image source: WJBK-TV Image source: WJBK-TV

The international coffee icon has had the no-visible-tattoos-allowed rule since it ground its first bean, reported . The problem? Kayla doesn't remember the policy being mentioned during her interviews.

She concedes that after couple of months higher-ups took notice of the heart art between her thumb and index finger, telling her she needed to something about it. The 27-year-old from Rochester Hills said she complied and purchased makeup to cover up the tattoo each day — and that appeared to be that.

From left, tattoo before make-up...then after. (Image source: WJBK-TV) From left, tattoo before make-up...then after. (Image source: WJBK-TV)

But now management tells her the tattoo needs to be removed — which Kayla won't do.

Starbucks global corporate communications issued a statement to WJBK, noting that employees "cannot have visible tattoos. This is part of our dress code policy and is discussed with our candidates during the interview process."

Most recent
All Articles