In a since-deleted TikTok video, the employee, who worked at the Target's in-store Starbucks, could be seen giving a tutorial on how to make the drink. Among the ingredients were what they claimed was bleach, and as they put it, "the blood of innocent Black men." They also added a blue dye to the drink. At one point in the video, they add ice because "cops love ICE."
While the drink wasn't served to any customers, Target has fired the employee, who soundtracked the video with a song entitled "All I Want For Christmas is More Dead Cops." In a statement, Target said the video was "appalling and unacceptable." The statement continued, "We don't tolerate this behavior at Target, we want all guests to be treated with respect and are terminating the team member who is responsible."
The company reiterated that it appears as though the drink wasn't served, nor did it actually contain blood or bleach. "We also have rigorous food safety procedures in place, which this team member egregiously violated with this behavior. We're deeply sorry for this disturbing video, which TikTok has removed based on the platform's guidelines."
Starbucks backed up the Target statement, and wrote in a reply to a tweet asking about the video, "We have zero tolerance for any violence."