Venti Pimpin’: Brooklyn Heights Starbucks Employees Sport Nets Apparel

Gothamist reports today that employees of some Brooklyn Starbucks stores, including the Montague Street branch, are being asked to wear Brooklyn Nets hats to promote the team who are now playing at the controversial Barclays Center:

Gothamist: One employee at the Montague Street outpost told us the Nets advertising “started a couple of months ago when the stadium opened up,” and that wearing them is “required because the boss paid a lot of money for them. [Employees] don’t like them much because they’re big and constantly fall, but we have to [wear them] regardless.” However, a barista in DUMBO told us that they are not required, adding, “I don’t even follow sports, I just like the hat.” At press time, we hear they are keeping the mermaid logo at Starbucks, but are we that far away from it being replaced by the terrifying Brooklyn Knight?

Photo via Gothamist

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  • AmyinBH

    I like the hat. If it had the location of the starbucks on, I would want to buy one. I like the Nets and Starbucks.

  • Mr. Crusty

    “Controversial” Barclay’s Center? How about just Barclay’s Center?

  • Winston Smith

    I agree with crusty, the Barclay’s Center is built and operating, any “controversy” is over.

  • PromGal

    “controversial” Barclays Center?
    Certainly better than what was there before! Bringing new life and development to a totally decrepit dangerous area.
    Why are some people ginning up trouble where none exists?

  • No Sleep Till

    I love the hats though by law if the boss requires a dress code: the employees must honor it.

  • Wiley E.

    Corporate Hoes.

  • Jorale-man

    I agree, it’s still a controversial arena. But the bigger issue is, should employees be required to essentially root for a particular sports team? What if they’re Knicks fans after all? Sports allegiances can have deep roots and it seems a little unfair to force staffers to take sides.

  • Mr. Crusty

    @Jorale-man “But the bigger issue is, should employees be required to essentially root for a particular sports team? What if they’re Knicks fans after all? Sports allegiances can have deep roots and it seems a little unfair to force staffers to take sides.”

    Oh please, give me a break.

  • Jorale-man

    I guess it’s been established that “Mr. Crusty” isn’t a sports fan…

  • Lisa Moore

    Go Nets! Awesome attire!