Miami woman who has worked at Target for almost two DECADES is fired for buying pink limited-edition Stanley cup to remember mom who died from breast cancer – one of SEVEN employees to face the chop

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Catherine Carter, who dedicated 19 years of service to Target, has been fired for purchasing the pink limited-edition Stanley Cup (pictured) to remember her mom who died from breast cancer

A Miami woman, who dedicated 19 years of service to Target, has been fired for purchasing a pink, limited-edition Stanley Cup to remember her mom who died from breast cancer.

Catherine Carter is among seven Target employees terminated this month for buying the exclusive Starbucks Stanley Cup, priced at $49.95.

‘My mama passed from breast cancer, so I always try to get as much pink as I can,’ Carter told Business Insider.  

Seven workers said they were terminated for violating the company’s employee-purchase guidelines, which prohibit the use of their positions to ‘gain an unfair advantage over guests’ when purchasing products. 

This policy particularly applies to limited-stock items, including the Valentine’s Day Stanley Cup that Target shoppers have recently been lining up overnight outside the stores to purchase.

Catherine Carter, who dedicated 19 years of service to Target, has been fired for purchasing the pink limited-edition Stanley Cup (pictured) to remember her mom who died from breast cancer 

Catherine Carter is among seven Target employees terminated this month for buying the exclusive Starbucks x Stanley Cup, priced at $49.95. Pictured: An image of a pink Stanley cup from a viral video

Catherine Carter is among seven Target employees terminated this month for buying the exclusive Starbucks x Stanley Cup, priced at $49.95. Pictured: An image of a pink Stanley cup from a viral video 

A barista asked Carter if she would like one of the exclusive cups on January 3 at her store’s Starbucks café, she said. The cups were sold in partnership with Starbucks and have been in demand. 

Her managers saw her purchase the cup and raised no objection at the time. Carter added.  

Her 19-year career with Target was abruptly ended the following week because of the $50 mug. 

Expressing her disappointment, she said of her former company: ‘I just don’t think they’re doing right. I mean, for a cup. Come on, a cup.” 

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Throughout her 19 years with the retail giant, Carter said she had ‘never been written up, never called out, never been late.’ 

Like Carter, a worker said their manager explicitly approved their purchase. 

Two other employees bought a mug that was ‘improperly set aside by a colleague’, and two bought cups when online orders for those were canceled. 

An employee from Maryland, who was a team lead, even didn’t purchase the cup, which came in shades of bright red or fuchsia pink. 

She simply set out the cups before the official release date per her manager’s request when other holiday merchandise had sold out, she said. 

Some fans queued overnight to get their hands on the limited edition cup

This policy particularly applies to limited-stock items, including the Valentine’s Day Stanley Cup that Target shoppers have recently been lining up overnight outside the stores to purchase 

Social media users took to TikTok to showcase the hysteria among Target shoppers Shoppers aggressively reached to the shelves with the store employee saying, 'limit two per guest.'

Before the shimmery pink version of the Stanley Quencher was released in early January, none of the seven employees had heard of any colleague being terminated for violating the employee-purchase guidelines. Pictured: Shoppers aggressively reached to the shelves to pick up Stanley cups at a Target

Her store routinely stocks items ahead of schedule to fill empty shelves when other seasonal merchandise has sold out, she said. 

‘I don’t need another Starbucks cup. I don’t need a Stanley. I don’t need any of this,’ she said. 

‘I allowed one of my team members to buy a cup because he was my team member, and he was one of the people who was consistently closing with me. When we’d have callouts, I could count on him to come in and help.’ 

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All seven Target employees said they were just one of several at their store who were fired because of the cups.  Three offered to return it but were declined. 

Almost everyone alleged their store managers informed them the investigations were conducted under the direction of Target’s corporate offices – which is overseen by CEO Brian Cornell. 

DailyMail.com has reached out to Target for comment.  

Before the shimmery pink version of the Stanley Quencher was released in early January, none of the seven employees had heard of any colleague being terminated for violating the employee-purchase guidelines. 

Resellers have been cashing in on the craze, with the item selling for as much as $299.99 on eBay - six times its retail price

Resellers have been cashing in on the craze, with the item selling for as much as $299.99 on eBay – six times its retail price 

The limited-edition pink Starbucks x Stanley version is the third release of a mug co-branded with the coffee chain. 

Since it was released on January 3, fan have flocked to stores and even camped in freezing cold to get their hands on the $49.95 cup.

Resellers have been cashing in on the craze, with the item selling for as much as $299.99 on eBay – six times its retail price.

Social media users took to TikTok to showcase the hysteria among Target shoppers, who aggressively reached to the shelves with the store employee saying, ‘limit two per guest.’ 

While Stanley has been around since 1913, its stainless-steel Quencher cup has become one of the most popular bottles in the world in recent years – and become something of a cultural phenomenon. 

Most recently, a 23-year-old woman was arrested in California after she stole 65 Stanley cups that were worth $2,500 in total on Friday. 

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A 23-year-old woman was arrested for stealing a carload of beloved Stanley cups from a California store

A 23-year-old woman was arrested for stealing a carload of beloved Stanley cups from a California store

More cups were found on the ground of her front passengers side seat as a singular bright red Stanley cup sat in her car cup holder

More cups were found on the ground of her front passengers side seat as a singular bright red Stanley cup sat in her car cup holder

The unnamed suspect ignored the employees as they asked her to stop as she went on to stuff the load of tumblers into her red car before cops located and arrested her for grand theft, cops said. 

A police officer spotted her just before she entered Highway 65 and pulled her over. After searching her sedan, officers discovered a variety of Stanley cups and multiple packs of straws. 

She managed to take dozens of the famous Quencher tumblers, IceFlow Flip Straw tumblers, food thermoses and even kids’ bottles, authorities said. 

Pictures posted by the police department showed a trunk full of the cups in all different colors and patterns, along with a group of them piled high on top of a patrol car. 

More cups were found on the ground of her front passenger’s side seat as a singular bright red Stanley cup sat in her car cup holder.

‘No wonder I couldn’t find the color I wanted. She had it,’ one commenter wrote on the post. 

‘While Stanley Quenchers are all the rage, we strongly advise against turning to crime to fulfill your hydration habits,’ the Roseville Police Department said in a Facebook post.  

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