As if a falling share price and shrinking same store sales growth were not enough, Starbucks (SBUX) is recalling 250,000 children’s cups.
The coffee retailer said if a cup is dropped, the colorful face on the cup can break off and leave small parts or sharp exposed edges that can pose a choking or laceration hazard to young children.
Starbucks has received seven reports of the cups breaking, including two reports in which a child began to choke on a broken piece. The company is offering a complimentary beverage as an incentive to return the recalled cups. Nice touch.
And, of course, the cups were made in China. Maybe the coffee is, too.
Douglas A. McIntyre