Starbucks doesn't want customers using each cafe's free WiFi to look at porn. Now, YouPorn has apparently responded with a blanket ban on Starbucks products in its offices.
The coffee company confirmed on Thursday that a plan is in motion to prevent customers from accessing online pornography over in-store WiFi. "We have identified a solution to prevent this content from being viewed within our stores and we will begin introducing it to our U.S. locations in 2019," a spokesperson said.
That's probably a smart move for a family-friendly business like Starbucks, but YouPorn had a little fun with the news. In an internal memo obtained by Forbes, YouPorn vice president Charlie Hughes imposed a blanket ban on Starbucks products in the company's offices, effective Jan. 1, 2019.
"In light of the news that Starbucks has blocked customers from searching and viewing adult content within their establishments, Starbucks products will officially be banned from the YouPorn offices," Hughes wrote.
(A YouPorn spokesperson later confirmed to Forbes the authenticity of the memo.)
It's hard to imagine an employer actually taking disciplinary action against one of its workers over their coffee brand preference. Maybe Hughes is serious, but the more likely explanation is this memo "leak" is just a clever public relations move aimed at getting YouPorn into a few headlines.
In which case, job well done. In the dumpster fire that is our current 24-hour news cycle, YouPorn's silly, hopefully non-serious clapback at this sensible move from Starbucks amounts to a welcome break.