Starbucks Won't Serve Coffee to Girl Riding Horse in Drive-Thru

Posted by Mateja Lane
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Cars only. 

Even though technically horses are a mode of transportation, a Starbucks in Anthem, Arizona denied service to a young girl who rode her horse in the drive-thru.

Teenager Aspen Cline had seen videos of people riding their horses in drive-thrus and wanted to ride her own horse Scout through one for her birthday. But as she rode up to the window, the barista denied her service

"We weren't given a reason, just, "we can't take your order," said Aspen. "My friend and I were going to get frappuccinos for us and a cup of whipped cream for the horses." 

Starbucks wants their customers to know that their drive-thrus are for cars only. They told ABC15 that their no horseback policy is for the safety of the animal and the rider, but apologized to the Cline family. They said the barista was taken off guard to see a horse outside the drive-thru window.

The Clines will still give Starbucks business, although they are disappointed.

"We support Starbucks because they're very accepting," said Aspen's mom, Tandy Cline. "So we were kind of disappointed we got thrown to the side from such a great company."  

Aspen still wants to go to Starbucks to give Scout his own taste of whipped cream, but will call ahead to arrange a safer meeting next time.

There are some businesses that allow horses in their drive-thrus. There are even special drive-thrus that specifically serve dogs. In fact, there a lot more businesses than you think that allow pets on their premises and inside their stores like Apple, Home Depot, Bass Pro Shops, and more. It is always a good idea, however, to call and check with your local business to see if the particular location allows animals.

Have you ridden a horse in a dive-thru? Tell us in the comments below!

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Starbucks Won't Serve Coffee to Girl Riding Horse in Drive-Thru