Police have apprehended the two male employees from Starbucks Indonesia who were caught ogling a female customer’s cleavage through a CCTV monitor this week. They may potentially face legal consequences for their sleazy act, following a massive online reproach that also saw them fired by Starbucks.
Wirdhanto Hadicaksono, who heads the criminal investigation unit at North Jakarta Metro Police, said that both suspects, identified by their initials DD and K, were apprehended last night and are still being questioned by authorities.
Meanwhile, Jakarta Metro Police’s spokesman Yusri Yunus said the suspects could potentially be charged with articles from Indonesia’s controversial Information and Electronic Transactions Act (UU ITE), and urged anyone who feels harmed by their inappropriate act to file a report to the police.
“We will follow up on the incident. For the suspect who recorded and distributed it, of course he has violated [the law], we will charge him articles from UU ITE,” Yusri said yesterday.
A number of screen recordings of an Instagram story originally uploaded by DD started circulating on Twitter on Wednesday. In the video, the men can be heard laughing as they inappropriately zoomed in on a woman, who was sitting on a sofa, focusing on her cleavage.
The tweet quickly went viral, with many netizens condemning the employees for their reprehensible act and some aptly describing them as creepy. They were unsurprisingly called out for sexualizing a woman who was just minding her own business, as others also pointed this out as an example of why women find it unsafe to be in public space.
Police said that the two men were employees of a Starbucks outlet in Sunter Mall, North Jakarta and the video was filmed on Wednesday.
Starbucks Indonesia has confirmed that it has fired the two employees.
“The behavior is beyond the norms that we strongly uphold, in which we apply high standards so that all customers in all outlets feel comfortable and safe,” Andrea Siahaan, spokesperson of PT Sari Coffee Indonesia, the license holder of Starbucks in Indonesia, said in a statement yesterday.
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