Actor James Cromwell glues his hand to the Starbucks counter in protest

NEW YORK (AP) – Actor and activist James Cromwell went from “Succession” uncle Ewan to real-life supergluin, gluing his hand to the counter of a Starbucks in Midtown Manhattan on Tuesday to protest the chain’s overcharge. coffee for vegetable milk.

The 82-year-old Oscar nominee, best known for “Babe: Pig in the City” and “LA Confidential,” channeled his role as the grumpy, anti-capitalist brother of a billionaire media tycoon to the protest organized by the rights group. animals Activists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Cromwell sat at the Starbucks counter wearing a “Free the Animals” T-shirt and read a statement denouncing the supplement for vegan milk alternatives.

“When will you stop making huge profits while customers, animals and the environment suffer?” she asked as other activists streamed the protest Facebook.

Cromwell glued his hand to the counter, then used a knife to scrape it off. Police said there were no arrests.

Starbucks outlets in the United States charge 50 cents for an extra dollar of plant-based milk beverages.

“Customers can customize any beverage on the menu with a non-dairy milk, including soy milk, coconut milk, almond milk, and oat milk for an additional fee (similar to other beverage customizations such as an espresso or syrup. additional), “a Starbucks spokesperson said in a statement. “The price varies from market to market.”

The spokesperson said Starbucks respects customers’ right to express their views “as long as they don’t disrupt our store operations.”

Cromwell, an Oscar nominee for the role of farmer in “Babe,” is a veteran protester accused of trespassing in 2017 for stop a killer whale show at Sea World in San Diego.