Starbucks Sued Over Tip Jar
According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Starbucks has been sued by a Missouri family after their loved one tried to thwart a tip jar robbery and ended up dead.
Roger Kreutz was ordering coffee in a Crestwood Starbucks on March 3rd, 2008 when Aaron Poisson, who was 19 years old, grabbed the tip jar from the counter and ran. Kreutz chased him to his car where a physical altercation ensued. Poisson got in his car and stuck Kreutz with the vehicle while trying to make his escape. Kreutz later died from his injuries.
Poisson, of Cumming, Ga., was later arrested in St. Louis, and pleaded guilty of involuntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to one year in prison,the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported.
Kreutz’ family has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Starbucks, blaming them for inviting criminal activity by leaving tip jars near customers. According to the lawsuit, obtained by the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Starbucks “did not employ security to prevent the perpetration of such crimes” and that it “invited the act of perpetration of said crime” by having a tip jar.
Starbucks did not comment to the Dispatch regarding the lawsuit.