Man banned from Starbucks for life

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TAMPA, Fla. -- A Florida man says he's been banned from Starbucks for life.

It's all because he was allegedly harassing other customers about parking in the handicap spot near the coffee shop.

Rob Rowen, a local at the Starbucks, received a letter from the manager telling him to stay away from the store for good.

"It's a notice of expulsion and warning against trespassing and it says I've been expelled from Starbucks coffee company locations for the reasons listed above," Rowen said.

Rowen admitted to confronting customers who were parked in handicapped spots illegally.

"I saw someone park and it was obvious they weren't handicapped. I went and made sure they weren't handicapped," Rowen said. "There was no handicapped parking sticker, it wasn't a handicapped plate and so I said to him, 'You're parked in the one handicapped spaces and you need to move your car.'"

He said the violation happens frequently in the area.

Rowen explained that he is passionate about the issue because his son-in-law is handicapped and uses those spots.

Starbucks issued a statement, saying in part:

"We are working with the landlord of the property where this store is located to improve the parking situation. It is our goal to provide a warm, friendly and positive experience for all of our customers."

Additionally, the company said through a spokesperson in an email to FOX8:

"We understand Mr. Rowen’s concerns. We have been speaking with him about this and have resolved the matter. Mr. Rowen is welcome in any of our stores. We will work with him to improve the parking situation at the store and create additional awareness and understanding of this important topic."

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