Starbucks doesn't condone it.
It's hard to miss the stories coming out of the Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard defamation trial, but a few Starbucks stores might be going too far with picking sides.
Several videos posted on TikTok show Starbucks drive-thrus holding "tip-offs" with side-by-side tip jars reading "Johnny Depp" and "Amber Heard." Customers can "vote" by dropping money in one or the other.
It's a little trick that you might see a coffee shop pull for "cupcakes vs. muffins" or "Coke vs. Pepsi," but the Heard vs. Depp tips jars have sparked some debate.
It's also not something that Starbucks officially condones, the company told Narcity.
Videos of people placing tips in the jars have been posted on TikTok along with music from Pirates of the Caribbean.
Some have called the jars inappropriate and insensitive, given that Depp and Heard have filed defamation lawsuits against each other and have accused one another of abuse.
One of the viral videos was filmed at a Starbucks in San Diego, TikTok user Valeria Amor told Narcity. One of the tip jars appears to show a drawing of poop under Heard's name, which may be a nod to subject matter from the trial, and a heart under Depp's.
Amor told Narcity that she didn't see a problem with the tip jar.
"It’s just a way for employees to get easy tips [...] and to see whose side the customer is on," she said.
"I don’t see it as problematic, I just see a tip jar with Johnny’s name on it."
Other customers posted videos of Starbucks drive-thrus with similar tip jars.
"Support your local Starbucks baristas and vote for Johnny Depp," TikTok user @oss_tee captioned a post showing a tip being placed in a "Johnny Depp" tip jar.
Support Your Local Starbucks Baristas and vote for Johnny Depp! #justiceforjohnnydepp #Johnnydepp @summervictoria_ thanks for posting your sbx drive thru run, it made me post mine from today morning too! 😊 @Starbucks
While some viewers commented on who they are "rooting" for in the trial, others found it to be less than funny.
"How about we support NEITHER…," said one user.
"Starbucks does not allow baristas to do this, we can't even label it 'tips' it must be blank," commented another user on one of the videos.
Starbucks "does not condone the use of tip jars in this manner," a spokesperson for the company told Narcity in a statement.
"Where the tip jars are has been reported to us and the labels have been removed."
Depp and Heard are suing each other in a Virginia courtroom for duelling claims of defamation. He's seeking $50 million while she is countersuing for $100 million.
Depp has already testified. Heard is expected to testify later in the trial.
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