Leslie McHugh was about to pay for her quad-grande-chestnut-praline latte at a Riverview Starbucks Tuesday morning, but she wasn’t expecting a commotion.
A 32-year-old woman was arrested by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office after she “became irate” and started throwing things in the store.
Around 7 a.m., Abigail Rowe of Riverview was told by employees that they could not give her change for the bus because it was store policy not to open the register to make change, according to sheriff’s office chief public information officer Debbie Carter. Rowe then began picking up chairs and pushing a display that fell on McHugh’s 7-year-old daughter.
“She actually said, ‘Is your security camera rolling?’” McHugh said in a phone interview Tuesday with the Bradenton Herald. She also claimed the woman said, “I know how you treat my people.”
Employees recognized Rowe from the day before, when she demanded free coffee and threw items on tables at the same U.S. 301 and Big Bend Road location. Rowe was told not to come back to the store, according to the sheriff’s office.
Catching the aftermath on video, McHugh panned through the store, which had shelves knocked over and green bags of coffee grounds strewn about.
McHugh said her daughter began crying, so employees took her and some other customers to the back and distracted the child with cookies and chocolate milk.
It took three men and a woman to subdue Rowe before deputies arrived. After searching Rowe, deputies found marijuana and drug paraphernalia on her, according to the sheriff’s office.
Rowe faces charges of criminal mischief, possession of marijuana under 20 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia and trespassing.
“Nothing like a show of good teamwork!” McHugh wrote in a Facebook post about the incident. “I really need to just start making coffee at home...”