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Starbucks Apologizes to Knoller for $50 Debacle

The case of Starbucks versus the White House reporter who only had a 50-dollar bill for breakfast is over. Earlier in the week, FBDC’s Peter Ogburn reported that Mark Knoller went to breakfast at Starbucks near the White House. But when he went to pay up, they wouldn’t accept his bill. So Knoller did what any self-respecting CBS Radio White House correspondent would do — he wrote to Treasury Sec. Tim Geithner over Twitter about the legitimacy of his money.

And then he basically refused to say anymore. He said he didn’t want to make a big deal about it. Writing to the Secretary of Treasury is, of course, not a big deal thing to do.

Today the hullabaloo concluded with Knoller hearing back from a Starbucks “official.” Does Starbucks have officials or just in Washington? Nonetheless, here’s what the official had to say. Ever the teddy bear type, Knoller thanks Starbucks for the call. Shouldn’t he at least get a triple espresso strawberry mochachino for this?

“Just got a call from a Starbucks VP who says their store should have “absolutely” accepted my $50 bill the other day. The Starbucks official was courteous and apologetic over the episode and said its employee should not have turned down my fifty. Thanks for the call, Starbucks. Much appreciated.”

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