Target called the video "appalling and unacceptable."
Target has fired an in-store Starbucks barista after he concocted a poisonous "Blue Lives Matter" drink on TikTok.
In the video the user gives a tutorial on how to make the cocktail, ingredients of which include bleach and "the blood of innocent Black men."
The video is likely satire and did not contain the ingredients it purported too; nevertheless his employer condemned the video as "appalling and unacceptable", and immediately sacked him when his identity was confirmed.
A spokesperson for Target confirmed the employee had been fired.
"This video is appalling and unacceptable," it said in a statement. "We don't tolerate this behavior at Target, we want all guests to be treated with respect and are terminating the team member who is responsible."
It added it did not believe the drink had actually been served, nor did it really contain any bleach or blood.
"We also have rigorous food safety procedures in place, which this team member egregiously violated with this behavior. We're deeply sorry for this disturbing video, which TikTok has removed based on the platform's guidelines."
While Starbucks could not comment on the employment, as Target is directly responsible for employees who work at its in-store coffee shops, it did describe the video as concerning, disturbing and reprehensible, adding the company condemns any behavior that threatens violence against others.
We have zero tolerance for any violence and we are thankful that Target terminated this employee immediately for this appalling act. https://t.co/0nUQmP53RG