More than 100 people have been arrested in connection with the Starbucks coffee stand scheme, and more than $4 million worth of cash was stolen.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is investigating the incident, which has resulted in the arrest of three individuals.
“The AFP will continue to investigate the matter in an appropriate and proportionate manner,” the AFP said in a statement.
The coffeeshop was opened in July 2016 by a group of former students who had previously started a café in the city.
It was designed as a “bespoke” place for students who wanted to use coffee but didn’t have a regular place to do so, the ABC reported.
“It’s been a real honour to be able to have coffee with you guys at Starbucks and also to be working with you to make the coffee you want to drink,” one former student told the ABC.
“You’re really good guys.”
The group of students, who were working in the local coffee industry, were working on their own business, but when Starbucks announced they would offer free coffee for students, the students decided to give it a try.
“We wanted to make it a really special experience,” one of the students told the news outlet.
“I think it’s a really cool way of getting your coffee and it’s really cool to have people who know the coffee industry,” the other student said.
“As a coffee drinker, I think it brings a smile to your face when you have your coffee.”
For me, the best part is that it’s not expensive.
“The students and Starbucks decided to expand the business to include a cafe and a café shop, and the company expanded its operation by adding an outdoor seating area.
The business was originally slated to last for three years, but the students said they didn’t want to leave until the first semester.
The AFP said the investigation into the scheme was ongoing.”
Given the seriousness of this matter, the AFP has today advised the public to avoid all coffee establishments and bars in the community,” it said in the statement.”
While the AFP does not tolerate criminality, it will not tolerate any form of criminality by its employees.