Why is Vernon Charles Allen Merriweather suing talk show maven Oprah Winfrey and Starbucks for discrimination and harassment to the tune of $15 million? Well, the man claims that the tea bearing Oprah’s name and sold at the famed coffee chain was not only laced with heroin but Ambien and hallucinogens as well, according to TMZ.
The Buffalo, New York, resident allegedly filed a federal lawsuit stating that when he applied for a job at Starbucks, he was told in no uncertain terms, “We don’t hire ni****s!” The suit then claims the baristas referred to themselves as members of the White separatist group the Aryan nation during Merriweather’s visit.
Reportedly there is one major hole in Merriweather’s tale: Teavana Oprah Chai, which is now available at Starbucks and Teavana stores nationwide and in Canada, was added to the retailer’s offerings a whole six months after Merriweather’s suit was filed.
Besides Merriweather’s Oprah and Starbucks lawsuits, he is also reportedly gunning for two colleges in Buffalo as well, accusing the educational institutions of discrimination and harassment and demanding that all parties at the universities mentioned in the suit get diversity training to boot!