Three years ago, a 54-year-old man chased a teenager down the street after
the teen stole the tip jar from Starbucks. Now, the man’s estate
has filed a
wrongful death claim against Starbucks.
The incident occurred in St. Louis when the man was waiting in line at
Starbucks and a
teenager grabbed the tip jar and ran off. The man chased after him into the parking lot when he struggled with
the teen to get the jar back and fell in lot and struck his head on the ground.
The man died two days later in the hospital. The teenager served a year
in jail for manslaughter. The family has now filed a suit, not against
the teen, but against Starbucks for “inviting criminal behavior”
by leaving the tip jars in the reach of customers.