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Missing military covers at Starbucks cause a stir

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

A bit of controversy has been brewing over something that's no longer being displayed at a Midlands Starbucks.

Dan Ramsey noticed something was different about the Starbucks in Trenholm Plaza in Forest Acres. Military hats that used to hang on a wall in the store, were no longer there.

"One in particular is someone I know, and that person is no longer with us," said Ramsey, a medically retired Marine.

According to a spokeswoman for Starbucks, the hats were taken down during renovation and intended to be put back up.

Former employees, Stephanie Campbell and Andrew Moseley, say they thought that was the case, too. Until, they say, the general manager asked employees to get rid of the hats.

"They told us to throw them away," said Moseley. "I just took them with me. I wasn't going to let somebody else throw them away."

Ramsey posted on his Facebook page about the hats being gone, and less than 24-hours later, Campbell and Moseley were able to connect with him.

"I knew right away who to call," said Campbell. "I knew who had the hats."

Campbell and Moseley joined Ramsey Wednesday evening to give him the hats.

"It was honestly kind of a miracle that they had them," said Ramsey.

"I knew somebody was going to come asking for them," added Moseley.

Moseley says many people care about the hats.

"I had a family come in one day, they drove all the way from Texas to see their sons hat on that wall," said Moseley.

Ramsey plans to give the hats to another business to display,or would like to give the hats back to family members of the veterans.

A Starbucks spokeswoman says they would like the hats back.

The spokeswoman says the company recognizes "how meaningful the hats are to customers" and would like them to be put back on the wall.

According to the spokeswoman, they are working internally to determine what may have happened at the Starbucks branch in Trenholm Plaza.

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