The Truth Behind the Starbucks ‘Employee’ Who Was ‘Fired’ for Threatening to Spit in a Trump Cup

Last week, the Twitter-sphere erupted after user Sam Montgomery alleged that she was fired from her job at Starbucks for threatening to spit in a Trump supporter’s coffee cup.

Twitter users were quick to respond, with some even offering to report her ‘unjust’ dismissal:

https://twitter.com/rust_ideas/status/800076066903601153

One reporter requested an interview with her:

https://twitter.com/renbostelaar/status/800106219629203456

A website called “Truthfeed” reported on it:

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And another site that claims it’s “America’s Top News Site”:

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The one fact all of these reactions are missing? She never worked there.

Independent Journal Review thought there was something “off” about her account. For one thing, she claimed she was fired from a Starbucks in Lexington, Kentucky, but her Twitter bio lists her location as Toronto.

She co-authored a book called “Stats Canada: Satire On A National Scale” based on a parody Twitter account she runs.  There are also some contradictory posts on her Twitter account.

Independent Journal Review confirmed with Starbucks that this woman does not work for any of its stand-alone stores or inside an affiliate store like Barnes & Noble.

We still don’t know what her intentions were when she tweeted the false story.

The coverage and responses to this woman’s “story” come in the wake of Facebook “fake news” stories and an increasing distrust of the media.

Technology has made it easier than ever to deliver “instantaneous” news but as Uncle Ben from “Spiderman” taught us, with great power comes great responsibility.

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