Starbucks is a company that operates with left-wing politics in mind, even more than MSNBC.
I've never been in a Starbucks restaurant, but apparently lots of things happen there, other than coffee sales.
Starbucks has bent over backwards to accommodate homeless bums who only want to use the restrooms without making a
purchase. This effort has, according to some, turned Starbucks into a de facto homeless shelter, because
the homeless people have no incentive to leave. At the same time, Starbucks is often the target of left-wing
rioters, who see Starbucks as a symbol of successful capitalism, much like McDonald's.
may finally be returning to a good business practice. Ah, Starbucks. Were a visitor from another planet
to visit the United States, he might well conclude there was a law that there must be a Starbucks on every street in the
country. Overpriced, oversweetened, a hangout for the homeless, and a bastion of liberal sentiment, it might seem to
the alien visitor that Starbucks needs such a law just to stay in business. Starbucks is a place where the bizarre is
common. There was comedian Hotep Jesus, who was treated like royalty when he went into a Starbucks to demand
"reparations coffee" because Black Lives Matter. There was the campaign where baristas were asked to write the words
"Race Together" on coffee cups to encourage customers to talk about race. There was the message from CEO Howard Schultz
supporting DACA and refugees, a stance that seems particularly strange considering how badly the company treats its employees.
reconsidering open bathroom policy due to safety fears: CEO Schultz. Starbucks is considering an end to
the "open bathroom" policy at its stores due to mounting concerns about public safety, CEO Howard Schultz said. Schultz
said Starbucks was exploring whether to alter the policy, which allows non-customers to use store bathrooms, due to a
nationwide "mental health" problem that was posing difficulties for the coffeehouse chains' employees. "There is an
issue of, just, safety in our stores, in terms of people coming in who use our stores as a public bathroom," Schultz said
during a New York Times DealBook event Thursday. "We have to provide a safe environment for our people and our
customers. The mental health crisis in the country is severe, acute and getting worse." "We have to harden our
stores and provide safety for our people," Schultz added. "I don't know if we can keep our bathrooms open.
Exits Russia. Why Not China? In solidary with the Ukrainian people, and to put a punctuation mark on its
opposition to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Starbucks is closing it's 130 stores in Russia. The global coffee retailer
joins a list of nearly 330 companies that have likewise pulled business from Russia, per Investopedia, March 10. But at
last check, none of these enterprises are dropping out of China. Anyone who loves freedom and stands for human rights
should wonder why.
Oscar Nom Glues Himself to Starbucks Counter so Minorities Can Finally Afford Fake Milk. A Hollywood star is
sticking it to Starbucks. Actor James Cromwell [...] recently came upon a sweet way to cream the coffee company.
As it turns out, the chain charges extra for plant-based milk. This heated PETA member James, so he percolated a
plan. In order to stop Starbucks from choosing their preferred charging scheme, the 82-year-old glued himself to a New
York City cafe's counter — that'll teach 'em. From there — because, given the glue, he couldn't
do it from anywhere else — he read a prepared statement.
Schultz prods Starbucks managers to step up 'union busting' in leaked video. Starbucks' billionaire boss Howard
Schultz blasted the organized labor drive at his company as an "outside force" as the Seattle-based coffee chain sees more
store workers vote to join unions. Newly leaked video obtained by the pro-labor news site More Perfect Union shows
Schultz — who retook the reins as interim CEO last month — and another top executive denying
allegations that the company is engaged in union-busting. Rossann Williams, Starbucks' president for North America,
told the managers in the same video that it is "your No. 1 responsibility" to convince employees to vote.
CEO to unionizing baristas: 'Why don't you go somewhere else?'. Interim Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz
reportedly lashed out at a coffee chain barista who was leading a unionization drive at one of the company's California
locations, telling the worker: "If you hate Starbucks so much, why don't you go somewhere else?" The alleged
encounter between Schultz and the 25-year-old barista, Madison Hall, took place at Long Beach Airport on Friday, Hall has
claimed. Schultz, 68, has embarked on a tour of Starbucks locations nationwide in an apparent bid to dissuade his
employees from voting to join unions, according to the pro-union news site More Perfect Union.
to phase out its iconic disposable cups. Starbucks recently announced that it will gradually phase out its
iconic disposable cup in favor of reusable mugs. The Seattle-based chain claims it is aiming to "create a cultural
movement towards reusables" by 2025 — by coercing the public into getting their drinks in reusable containers
rather than single-use paper and plastic cups. (Starbucks had previously discontinued the use of plastic straws, replacing
them with toddler-style sippy cup lids back in 2020. Yay!) Michael Kobori, Starbucks's "chief sustainability officer,"
stated: "Our cup is ubiquitous, and we love that. But it is also this ubiquitous symbol of a throwaway society."
Meaning the existing cups don't always end up in recycling bins. The coffee chain behemoth will be instituting "borrow
a cup" and/or "bring your own mug" programs. Starbucks customers will soon be able to use their own reusable mugs at
every Starbucks store in the U.S. and Canada, regardless of what beverage they order... even if they pay ahead or use the
drive-through. The company is also considering allowing customers to "borrow" a reusable mug or cup from the store by
paying, say, a $1 deposit, which would be refunded with the vessel's return. The java outlets will install washing
stations for the reusable cups — perhaps next to the disposable needle boxes located near the bathrooms that drug
addicts frequent since the company directed its employees to consider anyone who enters a Starbucks a "customer," whether or
not they intend to make a purchase. Unsurprisingly, this policy led to throngs of homeless drug addicts lounging around
many a Starbucks outlet.
Multimillion-Dollar Anti-Union Effort May Have Backfired. The last two months have seen a veritable whirlwind
of labor activism at Starbucks. Workers at more than 100 Starbucks stores in 26 states have now filed for union
elections. In response, the company has bombarded workers with anti-union text messages; launched a slick anti-union
website; forced workers to attend mandatory "captive audience" meetings; tried to pack bargaining units with newly hired
employees who are trained separate from pro-union workers; threatened to close newly unionized stores in Buffalo, New York;
and allegedly sacked pro-union workers at stores in Memphis, Tennessee, and elsewhere. At least 30 attorneys from
Starbucks's law firm, anti-union giant Littler Mendelson, have sought to delay elections and contested workers' right to vote
in store-by-store bargaining units, arguing that Starbucks would fare better in large units composed of multiple stores and
will benefit from election delay. These often-effective tactics have become a standard feature of corporate anti-union
campaigns over the past 50 years.
in NY Becomes First to Unionize. That overpriced pumpkin-spice-and-soy-milk macchiato from a surly,
over-pierced, henna-tattooed barista is about to get even more expensive for some upstate New Yorkers. Starbucks
workers at a store in Buffalo, New York, voted to unionize on Thursday, a first for the 50-year-old coffee retailer in the
U.S. and the latest sign that the labor movement is stirring after decades of decline. It may be a sign of things to
come as other virtue-signaling companies capitulate to the cycle of sky-high inflation during the Biden administration.
launches aggressive anti-union effort as upstate New York stores organize. Will Westlake, a Starbucks barista
in Hamburg, New York, whose store recently filed for a union election, was told by a manager he could attend an earlier
mandatory anti-union meeting on 8 November because he was scheduled to work early the next day. The meeting was in a
nearby hotel and when Westlake arrived he found out he was the only worker in attendance, with six members of Starbucks
management. The meeting lasted for about one hour. "That was basically how my last anti-union meeting was,
totally separated from the rest of my co-workers and having to be surrounded," said Westlake. "They started off by
going around and saying that they wanted me to vote no for the union. And then they went back and forth talking about
how great all the benefits are at Starbucks and if we vote in a union, we may not have any of those benefits."
worker contracts hepatitis A, possibly exposing thousands. A New Jersey Starbucks employee who handled food
tested positive for hepatitis A, prompting fears that "thousands" may have been exposed to the highly contagious liver
disease. The incident occurred at the Starbucks outlet at 1490 Blackwood Clementon Road in Gloucester Township, where
the food handler had reportedly worked multiple days this month while contagious. The department was notified of the
infection on Nov. 17, whereupon it inspected and then subsequently shuttered the coffee shop — despite finding no
evidence of food safety violations. "The county health department has been working closely with the patient and the
staff at the Starbucks to address the situation," Camden County Health Officer Paschal Nwako said in a statement. "The
patient is not currently working, and close contacts have been identified."
Whites need not apply. Best
Buy commits up to $10M investment towards BIPOC startups. Best Buy is continuing to build its investments
towards supporting Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) entrepreneurs, as the company announced on Thursday an
investment up to $10 million with Brown Venture Group. The venture capital firm focuses exclusively on Black, Latinx
and Indigenous technology startups in emerging technologies. The Minnesota-based company notes that BIPOC entrepreneurs
can face barriers as well as a lack of access to funding, and stated this move will help "empower the next generation within
the tech industry."
joins Walmart, Chipotle and Starbucks in offering 100 percent free college tuition and textbooks in bid to attract
workers. Target will offer its workers free tuition and textbooks at more than 40 colleges starting this fall,
joining other major corporations offering similar benefits to attract workers as pandemic unemployment benefits are scheduled
to run out next month. The Minneapolis-based retailer said Wednesday that it plans to spend $200 million over the next
four years on free undergraduate and associate degrees for its part-time and full-time workers in the US, including those on
their first day on the job. Its partner institutions include Morehouse College, the University of Arizona, Oregon State
University, the University of Denver, eCornell and Paul Quinn College.
memo lists 25 items that could disappear from some stores as the chain struggles to fix supply chain issues.
Many Starbucks stores are facing shortages of vital products, and the issues could be getting worse. Starbucks is
putting orders for at least 25 items on "temporary hold" as of June 4 due to supply chain issues, according to an
internal company update viewed by Insider. "Starbucks will put a temporary hold on production until supply chain issues
are resolved," the posting says. The list, confirmed by three Starbucks employees in Arizona, Georgia, and Oregon,
includes popular items like hazelnut syrup, toffee nut syrup, chai tea bags, green iced tea, and other products.
Starbucks and their customers deserve each other. Starbucks
'Edward' speaks out after his crazy order goes viral. There is absolutely no shame in Edward's Starbucks
ordering game. Drinking in his newfound fame since his Venti Caramel Crunch Frappe with five bananas, seven pumps of
caramel syrup, extra whip and more went viral last week, legendary Starbucks customer "Edward" doesn't see anything wrong
with making baristas whip up his super-specific specialty drink — even though the barista who posted his
outlandish order online as a joke got fired from the café. "I don't see a reason why I wouldn't order a drink
like this again," Edward, who declined to give his last name, told The [New York] Post of the $14 beverage.
militants smash up original Starbucks during anti-Biden protest. They really don't want Joe. Antifa
militants chanted [against] President Biden during a rampage through Seattle after the inauguration — and smashed
up the historic site of the very first Starbucks. Seattle cops made at least three arrests as at least 100 protesters
scrawled graffiti, smashed windows and even set fire to an American flag, according to the Seattle Times. Videos showed
the mob chanting their allegiance to "Antifa" and repeatedly decrying the election of a left-wing president, Biden.
fired NJ barista for refusing to wear 'Pride' shirt, lawsuit claims. A New Jersey woman was fired by Starbucks
for refusing to wear a "Pride" T-shirt because of her religious beliefs, a lawsuit alleges. Betsy Fresse, a Christian
from Newark, who started working as a Starbucks barista in December 2015, alleged in a suit filed last week that she was
"assured" by managers that her faith wouldn't be an issue after transferring to a store in Glen Ridge early last year.
But months later, during a meeting in a manager's office in June 2019, Fresse noticed a box of Starbucks' Pride shirts on a
desk. She then asked if she'd be required to wear one, which would be "tantamount to forced speech" because she
believes marriage is defined by the Bible as between "one man and one woman only," the lawsuit states.
Why Christians Should
Boycott Starbucks. [Scroll down] People need to be aware that there are organizations out there to kill
people. Planned parenthood is one of the worst. Many Christians don't understand that they are indirectly
promoting the killing of babies. If you know that a cup of coffee that you bought indirectly was funding Planned
Parenthood would you buy that cup of coffee? Starbucks has notoriously been a company to attack Christian
principles. The former CEO and majority shareholder of Starbucks publicly suggested he did not mind alienating
Christians. In response to a shareholder's question about the companies full-throated support for homosexual
"marriage," CEO Howard Schultz responded by saying "it's a free country, you can sell your shares in Starbucks and buy
shares in another company." Starbucks donates money to Planned Parenthood and it is documented.
Destroys Starbucks As They Block Police From Making Arrests In Seattle. A group of ANTIFA attacked a Starbucks
in Seattle, shattering the coffee shop's windows and then setting off fireworks inside the building. Police arrived at
the scene and ordered the rioters to disperse. Black-clad protesters threw rocks and other projectiles at the business,
while others used implements to destroy the windowed storefront. Video footage shows rioters lighting firecrackers and
tossing them into the building. [Video clip]
mob attacks Starbucks in Seattle. Virtue signaling and political contributions to progressives haven't bought any
immunity from the mob for Seattle-based Starbucks. The global retail powerhouse offering strong coffee and caloric,
caffeine-laced milkshakes has long been among the friendliest allies of progressive politics. Last June, after BLM mobs
raged, destroying swaths of Minneapolis and other cities, the chain didn't merely permit its baristas to wear BLM t-shirts,
it actually distributed a quarter million of them to be worn at work. [...] Political engagement flows from the top down, with
its former CEO Howard Schultz even toying with running for president before finally endorsing Joe Biden.
Slur: Employee fired for writing anti-police message on drink. A Starbucks employee has been fired for
being too "fired up," literally, writing the message "defund the police" on a customer's order, according to the New York
Post. Photos of the three drinks — which boasted labels bearing the message — were posted on
Facebook Sunday by Raseac Eibbed, who said her ex-husband had purchased the beverages from a Starbucks on Interstate 10 and
Kirkwood Road. Eibbed said she called the manager to complain about the incident, but that the woman "acted like she
couldn't care less."
barista teaches how to make poisonous 'Blue Lives Matter' drink. Pranks have turned more and more deadly in recent months as
many, in particular radical leftist youths and young adults, have started ramping up efforts to engage in full-blown murder. Law
enforcement officers are often their targets, as was the case with a barista who made a video showing how to put together a poisonous "Blue
Lives Matter" drink. The barista, identified as Van Greyson Hart, is seen in the video demonstrating how to mix a lethal dose of bleach
with other ingredients to make it look like a standard Starbucks drink. According to Starbucks, the Target in which Hart works is
licensing the brand and directly employs Hart.
The Editor says...
"Licensing the brand" is no defense. If you permit a franchise owner (after recieving a hefty fee) to use your well-establish brand name
to lure customers, you share in the responsibility for whatever happens in that franchised location. I was in a jury pool once, and one
of the defense lawyers tried to play this card, and when it became clear that I wasn't buying it, I was excused.
Lives Matter protesters smash NYC Starbucks window in stunning video. Manhattan business owners vented anger
and frustration Saturday [9/5/2020] as they surveyed the damage and cleaned up another mess caused by riotous members of
Black Lives Matter, whose protest the night before devolved into a lawless rampage of destruction through the Big
Apple. "I'm sick of this [...]!" raged Kevin McGrath, owner of the Five Points Academy boxing gym across the street
from a beseiged Starbucks at Lafayette and Grand streets in Soho. The java giant was among several businesses damaged
Friday night by BLM demonstrators during a planned protest march north from Foley Square to Chelsea and across to Flatiron,
resulting in what authorities said was $100,000 in damage to stores and banks.
Woke, Going Broke — Starbucks Announces Advertising Pause. After positioning their brand in 2015 as
the leading indicator of woke credentialing; then reversing course in 2016 on the plan to force racial discussion with every
purchase; Starbucks is now announcing a pause in all social media advertising because... well, they don't want to contribute
to hate-speech n' stuff.
The Editor says...
The people who are most likely to be offended by BLM clothing are not the ones who are prone to violence.
Two days later... Starbucks
to allow baristas to wear Black Lives Matter attire and accessories after backlash. Starbucks said Friday
[6/12/2020] that the chain would allow workers to wear attire and accessories highlighting the Black Lives Matter movement,
reversing its prior stance after social media users called for boycotts of the company. Buzzfeed first reported on
Wednesday that the coffee chain would not allow its employees to wear Black Lives Matter clothing or accessories, and management
justified the decision by saying that such items could be misunderstood and incite violence. While Starbucks has a policy
against wearing personal, political or religious clothing or accessories, workers told Buzzfeed that the company hands out
buttons and attire celebrating LGBTQ rights and marriage equality.
to close some stores, eliminate seating in all others to slow spread of coronavirus. In a bid to slow the
spread of the novel coronavirus, Starbucks will temporarily close some of its North American locations and will shift to a
"to-go" model at the rest of its more than 10,000 North American stores. The closures, which were announced and
implemented Sunday afternoon, will last at least two weeks and will affect company-operated stores in high-risk areas such as
Seattle and New York, with a high number of cases of COVID-19, the highly contagious illness caused by the coronavirus, the
company said in a statement Sunday afternoon [3/15/2020].
Learns the Cost of Virtue-Signaling. Everyone remembers how Starbucks responded to allegations of systemic
racism by closing down for a whole day of penance (which meant company-wide sensitivity training) followed by the decision
that they would open all their locations — and most especially their bathrooms — to anyone without
requiring a product purchase. In other words, it was the equivalent of putting out signs saying, "Loitering Welcome
Here." As they say on the Interwebs, you'll never guess what happened next! Actually, you don't need to guess, but in
case you're curious, we have some social science on the question, in the form of a paper from two researchers at Boston
College and one at the University of Texas, recently posted to the Social Science Research Network. The paper is
entitled "The Perils of Private Provision of Public Goods."
The Perils of Private Provision
of Public Goods. Abstract: In May 2018, in response to protests, Starbucks changed its policies
nationwide to allow anybody to sit in their stores and use the bathroom without making a purchase. Using a large panel
of anonymized cellphone location data, we estimate that the policy led to a 7.3% decline in store attendance at Starbucks
locations relative to other nearby coffee shops and restaurants. This decline cannot be calculated from Starbucks'
public disclosures, which lack the comparison group of other coffee shops. The decline in visits is around 84% larger
for stores located near homeless shelters. The policy also affected the intensive margin of demand: remaining
customers spent 4.1% less time in Starbucks relative to nearby coffee shops after the policy enactment. Wealthier
customers reduced their visits more, but black and white customers were equally deterred.
Serves Transgenderism With Their Coffee in New Commercial. In the endless steamroll of multinational "woke"
corporations pushing the transgender agenda, a new Starbucks commercial in the United Kingdom that has gone viral pushes the
transgender narrative using a coffee cup and a barista. It begins with a transgendered character born with the name
"Gemma." Gemma is "transitioning" to a "male" and intends to be called, "James." Her birth name of "Gemma" is still
listed in public records so that is the name she is referred to by. Her father also introduces her by the name he has always
known her by. But the new gender ideology does not allow people to react in ways that are natural to human beings. It
allows no forgiveness for the crime of "misgendering." (In the U.K., a young man with Asperger's was literally charged with
a "hate crime" for asking a trans person if they were a man or a woman.)
announces new environmental goals after Post trash raid. Starbucks is brewing up a new environmental
plan. After a New York Post investigation showing rampant food waste at company stores across New York City, the coffee
shop empire has rolled out a new set of ambitious green goals. "Today, more than ever, the world needs leadership in
environmental sustainability," Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said in a statement last week. "Our aspiration is to become
resource positive — storing more carbon than we emit, eliminating waste, and providing more clean freshwater than
we use." Johnson said the company would commit to 50% reductions in carbon emissions, landfill waste and water withdrawal
by 2030 — a date the company noted was a "preliminary target."
dies after trying to stop thief who stole his laptop at Starbucks. A California man died of his injuries when
he tried to stop a thief who snatched his laptop from a local Starbucks, according to local reports. The unidentified
victim was working on his computer at an east Oakland branch of the coffee chain Tuesday morning — when someone
grabbed the device and ran to a nearby SUV, authorities told KTVU. It was unclear if a driver was waiting in the car.
Is Adding Needle-Disposal Boxes to Bathrooms. Starbucks Corp. — recognizing it's often a safe space
for the most vulnerable visitors — has installed needle-disposal boxes in some locations. The coffee giant
started adding the boxes in several U.S. markets this January after receiving requests from employees last year, a spokeswoman
said. It will add them to any store where employees cite a need, she said. "We are always working with and
listening to our partners for ways we can better support them when it comes to issues like these," Starbucks said in an
email, citing "scary situations" and a need to ensure its workers "are out of harm's way."
Starbucks manager Lola Rose considering lawsuit over 'PIG' cup fallout. The Starbucks manager who was fired
when a cop at her shop received an order labeled "PIG" is considering suing the coffee giant for making her a "martyr," she
told The [New York] Post on Wednesday [12/4/2019]. Lola Rose, a shift supervisor at the Glenpool, Oklahoma, location, is
determined to "clear her name" after she claims the chain wrongfully terminated her in response to the coffee cup
controversy. "I really feel like I was made out to be a martyr," Rose, 21, said during an exclusive interview.
police officer gets a Starbucks cup labeled 'Pig'. A police officer in Oklahoma was dismayed when he bought a
coffee at the local Starbucks on Thanksgiving and noticed the name on the label was "Pig." The chief of police the
Kiefer, Okla. said one of his officers trekked to Starbucks to get some java for a dispatcher when he received the insulting
label. "What irks me is the absolute and total disrespect for a police officer who, instead of being home with family
and enjoying a meal and a football game, is patrolling his little town," Chief Johnny O'Mara said in a Facebook post that
included an image of the "Pig" coffee cup.
Alto woman loses job after confronting MAGA-hat-wearing Starbucks customer. A woman who said she confronted a
man for wearing a red "Make America Great Again" hat inside a Palo Alto Starbucks was fired from her job at a nearby music store.
On Monday [4/1/2019], Rebecca Parker Mankey took pictures of a man wearing a MAGA hat, and wrote in a Facebook post that she "called
the entire Starbucks to order and yelled at him." "He will never forget me and will think seriously about wearing that hat in my
town ever again," she wrote. "If you see him in this hat, please confront him. You do not want to be the person who didn't
speak up as we slipped into fascism."
for Solidarity with People Who Don't Order Stuff at Starbucks. What the late Lionel Trilling used to call the
liberal imagination was captured by the plight of two black men who went to a Philadelphia Starbucks and didn't order
anything. The company said 8,000 Starbucks stores would close for sensitivity training and the conscience of an
anguished world pulsated with guilt and grief over the arrest of the two men, whose only offense was to stand there.
The two men were exactly right: The right thing to do in Starbucks is not to order anything, because the coffee is
disgusting. Starbucks' response, to be sure, was incommensurate with the problem: Rather than subject their
employees to the ritual farce of sensitivity training, the company should spend money on high-quality coffee beans, and roast
them lightly rather than burn them into acidic volcanic ash.
apologizes after two uniformed deputies in California claim they were refused service. Another controversy is
brewing for Starbucks as the coffee giant apologized to two deputies in California after they claimed employees at the
retailer refused to serve them on Thursday night [12/12/2019]. The incident happened at Starbucks in Riverside County near
University of California, Riverside when employees allegedly ignored the uniformed deputies for around five minutes and
did not offer to serve them.
open bathroom policy may be hurting foot traffic, new study finds. Since opening its bathroom doors to the
public in the wake of a controversial incident in Philadelphia, the coffee giant has seen a 6.8% drop in store attendance per
month relative to other coffee shops nearby, according to the findings of a joint study from the University of Texas at
Dallas and Boston College. "When you throw open the policy to let people come in and just use the bathrooms and the
tables, maybe people come in and find the bathrooms are dirty, and the tables are crowded," David Solomon, Assistant Professor
at Boston College Carroll School of Management, told YFi PM. "And so they don't buy the coffee as well."
learns the price of virtue-signaling, now must install needle-disposal boxes in bathrooms 'open to all'. The
expression "clueless liberal" now has an emblem: the Starbucks logo. The coffee chain has discovered what anyone who
understands human nature could have predicted — as many of us did. When the chain announced last May that it
was opening its bathrooms to non-customers and allowing them to stay in its stores as long as they want without paying for
anything, it was utterly predictable that all sorts of troubled people with nowhere else to shoot up, turn tricks, or
bathe would start using the restrooms of the virtue-signaling chain.
and syringes have become a problem in Starbucks bathrooms. Starbucks is installing boxes for safe disposal of
syringes in the bathrooms of certain locations, following workers' reports of discarded needles and sometimes concerning
conditions. The coffee giant is exploring remedies after employees expressed fears about being pricked by uncapped
needles and experiencing related health risks. Starbucks is testing solutions, including installing sharps-disposal
boxes, using heavier-duty trash bags to prevent needle pokes, and removing trash cans from certain bathrooms.
new bathroom policy not working out as hoped. It has been 7 months since the famous purveyor of caffeinated
confection, Starbucks, declared their bathrooms "open to the public" without the need to purchase their products. Data
suggests that the virtue signaling isn't working out as well as hoped by the corporate leaders. A New York Post
team investigated several Manhattan bathrooms and found that there wasn't an open stall.
bathrooms may be open to all, but good luck finding a free stall. Seven months after the coffee kingdom
declared its toilets open to all — no purchase necessary! — visitors who hear nature's call are finding
it isn't always easy to lighten their loads. Finding a usable Starbucks toilet in the Big Apple might actually have
gotten harder since last spring's announcement — and not just for non-customers. Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson
declared the open-toilets policy after two black men were infamously arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks. They asked
to used the toilet and were told it was for customers only. When they sat to wait for a friend, they were handcuffed
and charged with "trespassing." But a [New York] Post survey found some supposedly liberated loos in different Manhattan
neighborhoods closed to everyone.
Will they also provide clean needles? Starbucks
chairman announces free bathrooms and table space for the homeless. The ever well meaning Starbucks chairman, Howie Schultz, more
terrified of bad publicity and claims of racism than anything in the world, has just announced a rather customer-unfriendly policy of opening
Starbucks bathrooms (as well as table space) to all comers, including people who won't spring for a $4 cup of coffee. [...] If you open the
bathrooms to all comers, including non-paying customers, you're turning Starbucks into a public bathroom. How stupid do you think we are?
For those of us who do buy Starbucks coffee, we know what this policy change means: an open invitation to the homeless to bring in hepatitis,
trash, used syringes, solicitations for spare change, and all the other detritus of their uncured condition to Starbucks bathrooms.
a Starbucks. When I quit smoking, coffee replaced cigarettes and I've been frequenting a Starbucks in downtown
Minneapolis twice a day since November, 2017. One day in March 2018, I couldn't. The branch, like every other one
nationwide, had closed so staff could be trained in some sort of 'social justice' thing after some guys were kicked out of a
Starbucks in Philadelphia for not buying anything. Starbucks' response was to make their branches 'safe spaces' for
anyone, whether they had bought anything or not. At that point, Starbucks stopped being a chain of coffee shops and
turned into a network of public urinals and flop houses with a coffee bar attached.
Wokening of Starbucks. Over at the Powerline blog John Hinderaker shows us what happened to his friendly
neighborhood Starbucks when the company decided to enhance its awareness of social justice. The Starbucks in question
is located in beautiful, downtown Minneapolis. The transmogrification of Starbucks began in March, 2018.
says anti-bias training hurt sales. Starbucks officials said closing its stores nationwide for an afternoon in
May to conduct anti-bias training impacted it sales over the past quarter. The Associated Press reported Thursday that
officials said shutting down the stores for the day lowered comparable-store sales by less than half a percent.
Starbucks held the training after an employee at a Philadelphia store called police on two black men who were at the store
but did not order anything.
purchase required to sit in Starbucks cafes or use the bathroom. Starbucks will allow people to sit in its cafes and use
its bathrooms — even if they don't buy anything. The new policy, announced on Saturday [5/19/2018], comes five weeks
after two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia store after one asked to use the bathroom before he had made a purchase.
drops Jewish group from bias training. Bowing to pressure from African-American activists, Starbucks excluded
the Anti-Defamation League from an upcoming daylong anti-bias training session. The ADL, whose mission is to fight
anti-Semitism, will play an advisory role in the company's long-term efforts to combat discrimination, Jaime Riley, a
Starbucks spokeswoman, told POLITICO Monday [4/30/2018]. But the group won't help develop the curriculum for Starbucks'
May 29 mandatory anti-bias training, as originally planned.
to institute a paper cup 'tax' in the UK. Starbucks is adding a new fee to the cost of its coffee in the United
Kingdom — but only if you use a paper cup. The ubiquitous coffee company announced a trial run of a
5-pence-per-paper-cup charge in about 25 London locations as a way to "encourage and support" the use of
environmentally-friendly multiple-use cups. Citing "growing concern" about the cost and wastefulness of paper cups,
which — despite what many consumers may believe, are not so easy to recycle due to the inner plastic
lining — Starbucks said it will study the impact of the new surcharge closely to determine next steps.
Crumbles As Investigator Finds 30% Of Coffee Tests Positive. Many people around the world enjoy iced coffee and other cool drinks from
baristas employed by Starbucks, Caffe Nero, and Costa Coffee. However, they may want to think twice before ordering again. The BBC's
"Watchdog" program performs consumer affairs checks on popular businesses. Their latest discovery found fecal bacteria in samples from the
three popular coffee chains. Yes, that's right, bacteria that is present in feces is now included with customer's ice at Starbucks, Caffe
Nero, and Costa Coffee. Samples taken from various stores found changeable levels of contamination. Head of policy at the Chartered
Institute of Environmental Health Tony Lewis said that the amounts were "concerning." He added that the bacteria "should not be present at
any level — never mind the significant numbers found."
Schultz resignation sparks speculation of presidential bid. Seattle-based Starbucks Corporation announced
Monday that Howard Schultz is leaving the company in three weeks after serving 40 years as as CEO and chairman.
Mr. Schultz, the company said, grew the famous coffee shop chain from 11 stores to more than 28,000 stores in 77 countries
during his time in leadership. "Under Schultz's leadership, Starbucks has delivered a 21,000 percent gain in the value of its
stock price since its initial public offering in 1992," the company noted in a statement. But it is Mr. Schultz's farewell
letter which has attracted press attention. "I set out to build a company that my father, a blue-collar worker and World War II
veteran, never had a chance to work for," he wrote in a missive addressed today to past and present Starbucks partners.
Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz rips Democrats for veering too far left. Many leaders in the Democratic Party
are veering too far left and overpromising government programs that are not fiscally possible, Howard Schultz told CNBC on
Tuesday [6/5/2018]. Without naming names, Schultz said in a "Squawk Box" interview: "It concerns me that so many
voices within the Democratic Party are going so far to the left. I say to myself, 'How are we going to pay for these
things,' in terms of things like single payer [and] people espousing the fact that the government is going to give everyone a
job. I don't think that's realistic." "I think we got to get away from these falsehoods and start talking about
the truth and not false promises" said Schultz, whose Monday announcement that he's stepping down as executive chairman of
Starbucks is driving speculation that he may run for president in the 2020 election.
opts out as Democrats head to N.H.. Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has decided not to pursue running for
president, as Democratic candidates headed to New Hampshire for the state's party convention [9/6/2019].
Drink Another Starbucks Coffee Again, It Funds Planned Parenthood. Your tax dollars aren't the only thing
supporting Planned Parenthood — proceeds from your daily coffee may be too! By now, Starbucks's grande
agenda on social issues isn't a surprise to anyone, except maybe its CEO. Yesterday, in an interview with Fox Business host
Maria Bartiromo, Kevin Johnson seemed completely oblivious to Starbucks's ongoing relationship with the abortion giant
through its matching gift program. For Johnson, it's been a rocky few months at the head of one of America's biggest
brands. After an embarrassing scandal in Philadelphia, when a local employee had two African Americans arrested for
sitting in their shop, the damage control was in full swing. Starbucks announced it was closing its 8,000 stores to
have a "racial-bias education day" for its army of employees. But, our friend Alveda King says the company will have to
do a lot more than that to end Starbucks's bigotry. In an op-ed that's gone viral, the niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.
insists racism has been part of the company's corporate identity long before the PR nightmare in April.
coffee shop abruptly closes amid racism controversy. A coffee shop in Berkeley, the Elmwood Cafe, has closed
overnight without warning. The abrupt closure comes after a famous comedian alleged that a racist incident happened to
him at the cafe similar to the recent arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia Starbucks. On Monday [4/16/2018],
famous East Bay comedian W. Kamau Bell recalled on CNN how he says he experienced racism there.
Overview and recap of the 2018 Starbucks story: Was
the Starbucks Incident a Setup? I think what happened at the Starbucks in Philly doesn't pass the sniff test.
Two black men went in, sat down, and apparently went unnoticed for a period of time until one got up and asked to use the
restroom. When told it was only for customers, he declined the opportunity to purchase something and returned to his associate
at their table. After another unspecified period of time elapsed, the manager, a woman named Holly, asked them to either
purchase something or leave. They said they were waiting for someone, did not want to buy anything, and wouldn't leave.
More time passed, the option was again proffered, and the double-refusal was again the response. That's when Holly called
"the man." The "screws" arrived and made the same offer as Holly, three times. And just as many times, it was
refused. As they were slipping on the cuffs to take them to the "big house," the ever-elusive "friend" magically appeared.
You get the picture: it was a setup. Why wouldn't the "friend" just buy a cup of Joe so they could all sit down and
chant, "No justice, no peace"? How did he already know not to? How did he know to soldier on for the cause? It
was a win-win for the unprivileged. Getting arrested was the goal, but if they weren't arrested when the friend came in,
it would validate the claim that white people are treated better than blacks.
Two black dudes went into a Starbucks, refused to order anything, and demanded to jointly use the bathroom. Per policy,
they were asked to leave, and when they wouldn't, the cops were called. As a result of public outcry ("public" defined
in this case as bored leftists looking to jack off on outrage), Starbucks' CEO closed all stores for a day of "diversity and
tolerance training," and a new nationwide policy was enacted to ensure that one needn't have to order food or drinks to claim
a table at Starbucks, and the bathrooms are now open to all, from the homeless to the [sodomites]. The black dudes were
violating Starbucks' (then) policy, but no matter. Let them do as they please, and don't call the cops.
of the Left: The Most Powerful Force in America Today. In the recent case of a Philadelphia Starbucks
manager who asked two black men to purchase something before giving them the code to the restroom, Starbucks immediately
appeased the left-wing mob. The company didn't wait until any facts came out; it simply abandoned the manager and
announced it would close every U.S. store one day in May to educate all Starbucks employees about "unconscious bias."
boots Anti-Defamation League from its self-vaunted 'diversity' program. The premise was bad, given that the
whole thing was triggered by the incident in Philadelphia where two black men opted to go to a Starbucks, sat at a table for
hours without ordering so much as a two-dollar cup of coffee, took up table space from paying customers, refused to leave
when asked, and then hollered racism when the manager called the cops. Normal people order some coffee if they want to
use the premises. These guys thought they were special. But Starbucks decided that it was the bad guy, and it's
atoning for its wicked racism by forcing its line employees (such an easy target) to sit through re-education camp, supposedly
for all their racist tendencies after one of them got caught following the rules. Even the black employees will be
forced to do it.
Black Coffee: The
Starbucks Story Is Trash. Two black men walk into a Starbucks — a leftist company that is unlikely to encourage
old-fashioned racism — in Philadelphia, a multi-racial city where a Starbucks would be serving people of all colors all day
every day without incident. But these two jokers, according to their own version of events, refused to follow the store
rules and make a purchase. They were asked to leave by the manager, Holly, a "social justice feminist." When they
refused, she called the police and calmly reported, "I have two gentlemen in my cafe that are refusing to make a purchase or
leave." The police arrived and likewise asked the guys to leave and they refused to obey the police. [...] The usual
puerile race-mongers showed up to protest and call for boycotts. The usual puling apologies, firings and Soviet-style
War On Standards Reaches Coffee Houses. A Starbucks store is not a public space. If you aren't going to purchase
anything, you have no business being in the store for an extended period of time. And if a non-purchaser refuses to comply with
a request to leave, the best way to enforce the policy is to call the police. What's the alternative, bouncers? It's a
sad commentary that anyone would even contemplate using Starbucks as a free meeting-ground. When I meet people at Starbucks, I
always purchase something even though I don't drink coffee. It would never occur to me not to. Only a strong sense of
entitlement, not to mention bad manners, would lead anyone to think he can occupy the store for an extended period of time without paying.
goes into full blown surrender mode. I have worked as a restaurant manager in years past, and as a bartender
even longer. I have had to ask some customers to leave (usually for being loud, obscene, or loitering) establishments a
few times. I have even had to call police a few times when they refused. On almost every occasion, the people I
asked to leave were White. And those that refused to leave when police told them they must were arrested. These
two men were asked to leave. They refused, that is why the police were called. Apparently when the police arrived,
the men verbally abused them, and still refused to leave. Had they left, there would have been no arrest, period.
Holder to Help Starbucks Train Employees For 'Racial Bias Education Day'. On Tuesday [4/17/2018], Starbucks announced it
will be closing 8,000 stores on May 29 so 175,000 employees can attend a training program that will address implicit bias, promote
inclusion and help prevent discrimination, NBC reports. Eric Holder was tapped as one of the 'experts' to assist with training
the employees. That's all you need to know.
Starbucks coupons circulate online promising free coffee for black customers. Fake Starbucks coupons have begun
circulating on social media in the wake of protests over the arrests of two black men who had asked to use a Starbucks
restroom. The coupons, which feature images of Starbucks beverages, the brand's iconic color green and bar codes,
appear to offer "people of color" or "African-American heritage" free drinks. "This is completely false and in no way
associated with Starbucks," a Starbucks spokeswoman told CNBC.
Starbucks Arrest Cues Racist Whines. A couple of thinks here: (1) Some of the cops at the arrest were black.
(2) All of the patrons protesting the arrest were white. (3) A woman's voice is heard saying "she said the restrooms were
for paying customers. (4) Are people required to ask permission to use the restroom at Starbucks? Not that I patronize
Starbucks, but, [...] I don't ask to use the restroom. Not since I graduated high school anyway. All of this leads to the
absurdity of the whole chain shutting down on May 29 for a company wide re-education brainwashing "racial-bias education" training.
a Stir When Starbucks Denied a Cop. In 2015, an unnamed Philadelphia police sergeant entered a downtown
Philadelphia Starbucks and asked to use the restroom. He might have been the one who would have responded if that
Starbucks were being robbed or its employees or customers were assaulted. He was told in no uncertain terms that he
could not and should find a restroom down the street.
men arrested at Starbucks settle for $1 each, and a promise of $200K for young entrepreneurs program. Two black men
arrested for sitting at a Philadelphia Starbucks without ordering anything settled with the city Wednesday [5/2/2018] for a symbolic
$1 each and a promise from officials to set up a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs. The men and their lawyer told The
Associated Press the settlement was an effort to make sure something positive came out of the incident. "We thought long and hard
about it and we feel like this is the best way to see that change that we want to see," said Donte Robinson, one of those arrested.
when Starbucks just served over-priced, burnt coffee? If you are in the mood for a high-priced cup of coffee
that tastes burnt[,] you'll have to go somewhere other than Starbucks during a three-hour period Tuesday afternoon.
More than 8,000 shops are shuttering for anti-bias training[,] an ill-conceived attempt to restore Starbucks' tarnished
Baristas Reflect on the Company's Anti-Cop Propaganda Disguised as 'Anti-Bias Training'. On Tuesday, Starbucks
closed their stores across the nation to hold an "anti-bias" training after Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, two black men,
were arrested for loitering at a Philadelphia store without buying anything. Multiple Baristas who attended the
training told Philadelphia Magazine that the company beat around the bush when discussing racial issues. "I was really
disappointed when I walked out of there because I was expecting so much more," an 18-year-old black woman, pseudonym Tina,
said. According to the woman, Baristas were given a 68-page guide where they were asked to respond to writing prompts
with various scenarios. "It felt like we were off task the entire time because we didn't reflect on the situation
itself," the woman said, referring to the incident involving Robinson and Nelson. "The training materials focused
a lot on police brutality, which had nothing to do with the incident that happened."
Anti-Bias Training "Missed the Mark Completely," Say Two Philly Baristas. All eyes were on Starbucks again on
Tuesday [5/29/2018] as the corporation shut down 8,000 stores to conduct anti-bias training following the public uproar over
a white Starbucks manager calling the police on two black men who were waiting in a store in Philadelphia in April.
Starbucks billed Tuesday's training as "one step" in addressing racial bias, and national reports have called the company's
move an "important start." But for two Philadelphia Starbucks employees I talked to, the training merely "targeted"
people of color and exacerbated racial tensions.
Perhaps to offset the cost of running all those de facto homeless shelters... Starbucks
raises its coffee prices 10-20 cents across the U.S.. The price of your morning jolt of caffeine just got a
little more grande. Starbucks has raised the price of its brewed coffee 10 cents to 20 cents at most of its
company-owned stores in the U.S. The price for a 12-ounce drink, for example, is now $1.95 to $2.15. The increase, which
differs by market, went into effect Tuesday [6/5/2018].
Who could not have seen this coming? Starbucks
provides weak sales outlook, will close 150 stores. The Seattle-based company said Tuesday [6/19/2018] it would close 150
underperforming stores in "densely penetrated markets" and slow its rate of store growth. Starbucks traditionally closes about 50
underperforming locations annually. Starbucks said it expects same-store sales to grow 1% in its third fiscal quarter of 2017.
Analysts had expected same-store sales to grow 3% in that period.
burned by social-justice appeasement as growth stalls, stock plunges. Starbucks may have appeased progressives
with its social-justice workshops and open-bathroom policy, but such moves have failed to caffeinate the company's bottom
line. The coffee giant's stock took a tumble Wednesday [6/20/2018] after CEO Kevin Johnson announced that Starbucks
would close 150 company-owned stores next year instead of the expected 50, with an emphasis on underperforming shops in
densely populated urban areas, and lowered growth projections. Mr. Johnson acknowledged that the decision to shut
down 8,000 U.S. stores on May 29 for anti-bias training, driven by the high-profile arrests of two black men in
Philadelphia, played a role in the company's sluggish second-quarter performance.
to Fail Racial Sensitivity Training. In most schools, it begins with an invitation to have a "Courageous Conversation" about
race. Within a few minutes, the white teachers learn they must be courageous enough to admit their own racism and how it is responsible
for so much black dysfunction in America. Tip for the soon to be enlightened 177,000: If you want to keep your job and think
you are not racist, don't let anyone know about it, or you will meet the same fate as the teachers who said the same thing in their
seminars. They get fired. So there is no conversation — just monologue. This is too bad, because as your
average befuddled white guy, there are so many questions I want to ask, yet so few answers.
Atonement for "Unconscious Bias" Will Not Work. Corporate executives today know that to keep their jobs and
avoid boycotts they must persuade employees to shed supposedly unconscious race and gender biases lurking within their
souls. And though the remedy, known universally as "diversity," promotes teamwork, in practice it constitutes soft
totalitarianism, resting on the guiding assumption that to be white and/or male is to be guilty until proven innocent.
Even the appearance of unfairness to nonwhite and female employees, customers and shareholders must be averted. The
justification for this policy is that human prejudices are so ingrained that we're usually not aware of them. Thus,
companies have set up bureaucracies and hired outside consultants who specialize in eradicating "unconscious biases." Company
officials, whether enthusiastically or fearfully, routinely weave this principle into hiring, promotion, contracting,
advertising and other aspects of company operations.
to tell staff 'prejudice is deeply rooted' at anti-bias training. Starbucks has not offered an estimate of what
it will lose in sales during the afternoon closing, but the Philadelphia incident reportedly had a noticeable negative effect
on consumer approval. [...] But anti-bias training experts are divided over the efficacy of a single seminar in correcting
racial and gender biases.
Starbucks become America's largest chain of homeless shelters? At one level incidents like the one at the Philadelphia Starbucks
are minor affairs that are ginned up into major crises by the left-wing outrage machine. On the other hand, Starbucks' decision throw
open its doors to non-customers to use as public gathering places shows just how far things can go when a company decides that placating social
justice warriors is more important than satisfying customers.
Labor Relations Board rules employers wrong to fire profane employees. In a pair of
recent cases, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled against businesses who fired workers who
used profanity in the workplace. In one case, the NLRB ruled that a business shouldn't have fired
an employee even though he berated the owner to his face. In the other, the board ruled that
Starbucks was wrong to fire an employee even though he used profanity and got into an altercation
with a manager in front of customers. Big Business has expressed alarm at the NLRB's stance.
In posting on it's website Friday, the Chamber of Commerce wrote that the board was "flat-out undermining
the ability of employers to exercise even the most basic principles of running a business."
Woodson: If All Whites Moved Out of USA, How Would It Solve Inner-City Problems? The
solution to poverty begins in the neighborhoods and the people affected by it, says Robert Woodson,
the founder and president of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise. "You always have to begin
with a solution in mind," Woodson told CSPAN Tuesday morning in a discussion on poverty. "I tell
people, what is your solution? If all whites tomorrow were to move to Canada and Europe, tell me how
it would affect the black on black crime rate, how would it it affect the out-of-wedlock births, how
would it affect the spread of AIDS? How would it affect those issues?" he asked.
The Chains They Revere.
Why are so many of the young "misguided youth" in Baltimore so badly educated that they can
barely speak English? [...] Believe it or not, in 2011, the public education system in Baltimore
spent $15,483 per pupil... which was only second to NYC, which spent an incredible $19,770 to
basically produce the same wretched results. Of course, spending $15,483 per pupil is a total
waste of money when most of those receiving it drop out of school because they place no value on
it[,] just as the shattered "families" they come from see no value in it either, except to use it as
an excuse for their failure to make anything out of it. So there you have it, a complete Democrat
run city (for decades) spending a huge amount of money on a public educational system that is totally
controlled at every level by a key Democrat base group (the Teachers Union) which has instituted
every single "educational reform" advocated by the academic left for the last
40 years[,] and all it has produced is yet another generation of semi-literate and illiterate,
violent, utterly un-employable, lumpen-proletariat street thugs who only know how to make incoherent
complaints for the cameras about a society they live in, but in which they have no idea how to succeed.
or Not to Thug. As I expected, a number of the college students I instruct took
exception to the use of the word thug as applied to the individuals who created mayhem and
madness in Baltimore last week. That "their" president used the term was of little import to these
students. [...] And with each passing day and with each lawless behavior condoned — even
applauded, "there is now a cottage industry dedicated to defending rap music, a group of enablers
who glorify hard-core rap as a legitimate art form reflecting the bitter real-life experiences of
ghetto inhabitants." [Cynthia] Tucker pulls no punches when she asserts that "this so-called
music and the lifestyle it glorifies is a malignancy destroying black America" and she wonders
"[w]hat does it take for mothers and fathers, ministers and teachers, music executives and TV
moguls to turn it off?"
your Starbucks barista wants to talk about race relations. This week Starbucks patrons
in line for coffee may find themselves waiting for an impromptu discussion on race relations to take
place between barista and fellow patrons as part of the new "Race Together" social awareness
campaign initiated by CEO Howard Schultz. The idea is for a barista to write "Race Together" on
a customer's cup and then engage that customer in a dialogue about race relations in America.
"When did you first become aware of your race?" is one question a barista might ask a patron who is
interested in starting one of these free-range "organic dialogues," according to Starbucks' spokesperson
Linda Mills, in a phone interview.
Gentrifies Neighborhoods. Starbucks stores tend to open in wealthier areas, and those
areas see faster home appreciation than other neighborhoods. [...] Gentrification has many benefits,
but it can make neighborhoods unaffordable for poor and moderate-income people and families, many of
Fights Racism; Racism Fights Back. If you need a conversation starter with your
Starbucks' barista, try this: What's up with all the black mob violence? Just as the coffee giant
announced its employees would be educating their customers about race relations, large-scale
episodes of black mob violence were breaking out across the country. Starting in Minneapolis,
where public officials get very, very testy during the rare occasion when anyone asks about black
violence in their tolerant city. "We don't keep track of arrestees by race," said police
spokesman William Palmer, which of course is not true. Not even close.
the cream in a cup of Starbucks. Money is nice but it can be distracting. Captains of
industry pile up millions and sometimes imagine that profits makes them prophets, wise and learned in
things they don't know anything about. Everybody wants to be rich. Not being rich in modern
America is a symptom of sloth, indolence and failure. People who aren't rich have to bear the taunt,
"If you're so smart, why ain't you rich?" But there's a corollary for blowhard capitalists who make
millions selling coffee at $4 in a paper cup and a humble cheese sandwich for $5. "If you're so
rich, why ain't you smart?"
Is There No Starbucks Coffee House in Selma? A story from fastcocreate.com showed just
what happens when you walk into a Starbucks wanting to engage in a discussion on race. Pretty much
nothing. The baristas are young kids, just trying to do their job and get through the day, and are
kind of embarrassed to even bring it up. I kind of feel sorry for them. It is the fault
of the mindless executives who put the Starbucks' employees through this, which is why I'm not a big fan
Starbucks Want an Honest Conversation? Each and every time we're hectored to engage in
an "honest conversation" about race, it's a sham. What's wanted is not honesty, but confession of
sin by white people and expressions of pain from blacks and others. Decade after decade, despite
vastly diminishing levels of white racism (and the rapid growth of non-white populations), we are
told that the old stain of racism continues to poison the lives of minorities. By encouraging
that fiction, Starbucks is subtracting from racial understanding.
tea, or a frank discussion on race? Starbucks is easy to make fun of on its best days,
what with the pretentious names for everyday items, never mind the ridiculously high prices for
those same everyday items. [...] Howard Schultz, the company's CEO, is launching a new initiative
called "Race Together." Starting March 20, baristas will be encouraged to write "Race Together" on
coffee cups "to facilitate a conversation between you and our customers" about their "race journey."
It's ironic. The Obama years were supposed to usher in an era of racial harmony. That didn't
happen — which presumably is why Schultz feels the need to help mend our racial wounds.
What has happened, however, is that hordes of college graduates, unable to find jobs suitable to
their degrees, have ended up toiling away at places like Starbucks.
'Race' Campaign Makes the Company a National Laughingstock. Has it ever occurred to
these soft-headed, guilt-ridden do-gooders that maybe, just maybe, we've been having a "conversation
about race" for half a century and, after electing Barack Hussein Obama twice, America is not in the
mood for another one? The fact that the campaign was widely mocked on Twitter and elsewhere was, in
fact, a healthy sign that Americans simply don't want to be lectured to on the subject anymore, especially
by some barista armed with corporate talking points.
Whose idea was this, and why does (s)he still have a job? Starbucks
Ends Conversation Starters on Race. The initiative, which began last week, was mocked
with such vehemence on social media that the company's senior vice president for global
communications deleted his Twitter account because, as he wrote on Medium, he felt "personally
attacked in a cascade of negativity." Some critics said that Starbucks might look first to its
own executive team, which they suggested was considerably less diverse than lower-paid staff.
Others felt that a coffee company should not foist such discussions on customers.
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