Red Hut Coffee in Phoenix Making a Stir Even Before Grand Opening
Red Hut Coffee, located on the northwest corner of Seventh Street and Roosevelt, is brand-new to the neighborhood -- and already facing scrutiny, backlash, and a boycott after a Facebook post by owner David Marsh.
Screenshot from facebook.com/garfieldhistoricdistrict via Niki Norriega
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On August 21, Marsh posted a photo on the Red Hut Coffee Facebook page with the caption "Spending the day hanging with friends at Red Hut! After this many 'non coffee' drinks, these new friends could use a nice cup of Red Hut signature blend coffee . . . black!"
The photo, which later was deleted, showed Marsh lying on the floor giving the camera a thumbs-up in front of two presumably homeless men, who appeared to be sleeping.
Screenshots of the original post and caption began circulating. By September 1, the screenshot had made its way to the Garfield District community Facebook page, where it was shared, along with a message from the admins:
A new business in our neighborhood decided to publicly exploit homeless people on their Facebook page. We are sharing this photo because we are sickened by this business owners serious lack of compassion and better judgement. We are calling for a boycott of red hut coffee. There are lots of local coffee shops in this 'hood that serve great coffee and treat people with respect. Please, do not support this business. Buy local!"