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Protests Erupt Outside Seattle’s Caffé Vita Over Staff Firings, Unhoused Practices


On Wednesday, October 2nd, a walkout and protest was staged outside the Capitol Hill location of Seattle’s Caffé Vita arranged by a group known as Coffee Riot Seattle. Per a post on Instagram, the protest comes in response to the firing of Vita baristas for giving away pastries and coffee to unhoused individuals in the area.

According to the post, on September 5th, Vita co-owner Mike McConnell and the company’s general managers “fired a quarter of the baristas” at Vita’s iconic Capitol Hill location, “all of which come from marginalized backgrounds.” These individuals were fired, the post states, “because of the sudden harsh enforcement of a company policy that was not enforced or used historically.”

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