Jason Biggs: Paul Walker-Inspired Tip Jars at Coffee Bean Seem "Exploitive" and "in Poor Taste"



According to NBC News, a Los Angeles-based Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf shop displayed tip jars on the counter asking customers to use their cash to vote for their favorite film starring Paul Walker, the 40-year-old star who was killed in a fiery car accident on Saturday, with Fast & Furious and Varsity Blues being the two options.

This idea didn't sit well with the American Pie actor, who posted a photo of the display and tweeted, "Umm, am I crazy, or does this seem exploitive and in poor taste? @CoffeeBeanLA."

His post surprised some fans, with one follower responding, "Wait! @JasonBiggs thinks something is in poor taste? Has hell frozen over?" The celeb wrote back, "First time for everything I suppose." But more importantly, it also caught the attention of someone in charge of the popular coffee chain.

"@JasonBiggs This is completely inconsistent w/our brand values & the jars have since been removed.Thank you 4 bringing this 2 our attention," the official Coffee Bean L.A. Twitter account wrote back.

A spokesperson for that specific store also assured NBC News that the jars have been taken off the counter, adding that they cannot release the location in question "as the matter is still under investigation."

"This is completely inconsistent with our brand values and the jars have since been removed. Our thoughts and condolences remain with the many friends and family of Paul Walker during this difficult time. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® would like to thank Jason Biggs for bringing this matter to our attention," the company said in a statement to NBC4.

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