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Starbucks Customer Made Terrorist Threat Over Delayed Coffee, Police Say

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He really needed that caffeine

Starbucks on Ben White Boulevard
Starbucks on Ben White Boulevard
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A Starbucks customer was charged with allegedly calling in a terrorist threat over a delayed coffee order on Saturday in Southeast Austin, as reported by KVUE. Ali K. Qassrawi called the Austin Police Department after placing his order and claiming that the coffee shop did not give him his drink. When the police didn’t show up, he phoned 911 at 1:41 p.m. and asked the operator:

If I kill someone with bomb, then can you send police? [...] If I make a bomb and kill someone inside the building, will you send police then?

He also asked for his server's name, and when the person would leave work. The APD arrived at the Starbucks and detained Qassrawi. The working manager told APD that Qassrawi was agitated he didn't receive his coffee quickly. He was not placed into custody that day. If he had been charged, the terrorist threat would have been classified as a Class B Misdemeanor, with either jail time, a fine, or a combination of the two.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz was recently profiled in Forbes, where he shared advice, and talked about his background and biggest regrets.


7709 E Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX 78744, USA

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