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  • Man Dead After Being Hit in Head by Skateboarder in Act of Self-Defense at Santa Ana Starbucks

    11/24/2015 3:26:00 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    ktla ^ | Melissa Pamer and Chip Yost,
    The man, who seemed to be on drugs, went inside and zoned in on a young skateboarder, the witnesses said. The man approached the skateboarder aggressively, prompting the young man to stand up and whack the first man once in the head. The witnesses described the incident as self-defense. "He just came abruptly into the store, looked at the kid, and said, 'Did I stutter?'" a witness told KTLA. "He took at step forward towards the kid as if he were going to attack him, and that's when the kid hit him with the skateboard." "He did what anybody, I...
  • Donald Trump's Boycott of Starbucks Over Red Cups; Starbucks Responds

    11/11/2015 8:33:38 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 122 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 11/10/2015 | Leonardo Blair
    Billionaire 2016 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump waded into coffee giant Starbucks' alleged war on Christmas Monday when he suggested a boycott of the company over its controversial red holiday cups, but the company says there is no war. "Did you read about Starbucks?" Trump asked a crowd of about 10,200 during a rally at a convention center in Springfield, Illinois, on Monday evening. "No more 'Merry Christmas' at Starbucks. No more," he said as the crowd booed disapprovingly at his comments. "I wouldn't buy. Hey look, I'm speaking against myself. I have one of the most successful Starbucks in...
  • Why are Donald Trump and some conservative Christians angry with Starbucks?

    11/11/2015 2:41:46 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 45 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Wednesday, November 11, 2015 | PTI
    On its website, Starbucks pointedly said it was introducing the blend on behalf of its 300,000 employees "from diverse ethnic backgrounds who proudly wear our green apron." Starbucks is pushing back against suggestions stoked by Republican presidential contender Donald Trump that this year's minimalist design for its holiday cups is a slap at Christmas. Responding to questions about the cups, the Seattle-based coffee purveyor today touted its "exclusive Christmas Blend Vintage 2015" one of several Christmas-themed products available in its stores. On its website, Starbucks pointedly said it was introducing the blend on behalf of its 300,000 employees "from diverse...
  • Dunkin' Releases Festive 'Joy' Cups Amid Starbucks' Red Cup Controversy

    11/11/2015 12:28:07 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/11/15
    Take that, Starbucks. Dunkin' Donuts unveiled its winter holiday cups with the word "Joy" in red script surrounded by green pine branches. The coffee-and-donut chain claims the move wasn't intended as a jab at Starbucks, which received some blowback from Christians for dropping Christmas imagery from its holiday cups. Dunkin' has used "Joy" in similarly themed cups in previous years. On Monday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump even suggested boycotting Starbucks over the cups. A Starbucks representative noted in response that the company has a Christmas coffee blend available in stores all over the world. Some on Twitter are celebrating...
  • Battle of the Holiday Cups: Dunkin' Donuts Strikes Back

    11/11/2015 11:15:33 AM PST · by bryan999 · 46 replies
    Coffee drinkers inexplicably pissed off about Starbucks' decidedly plain holiday cups have another, more festive option for their caffeine needs: Dunkin' Donuts has launched new coffee cups emblazoned with the word "joy" and sprigs of holly in a Christmas-y red and green color scheme, the New York Post points out. While previous iterations of Starbucks' holiday coffee cups have featured evergreen trees or holiday ornaments, this year the coffee giant chose to go with a plain red cup in an effort to be more inclusive. Controversy over the cups erupted when a Christian internet evangelist posted a now-viral video in...
  • The Starbucks Cup Farce (vanity)

    11/10/2015 7:44:46 PM PST · by youngidiot · 41 replies
    Vanity | 11/10/2015 | Youngidiot
    A self proclaimed "internet personality" and "pastor" posted a video that said the red Starbucks holiday cups mean that they hate Jesus and Christmas and it went viral. That's the extent of the "outrage". But it's being played up as if a lot of Christians are upset because it makes Christians look like stupid petty fools. There you go. Manufactured story to make Christians look stupid. That's the short and tall of it. Who is this "internet personality"? I think we should find out. The news is awash with this story and facebook is as well. I think this is...
  • Trump suggests Starbucks boycott over its Christmas coffee cups

    11/10/2015 7:39:49 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 121 replies
    At a campaign event in Springfield, Illinois, Donald Trump suggested a boycott of coffee giant Starbucks over the design of its Christmas coffee cups. The all-red design has angered religious conservatives who see it as part of an effort to undermine the meaning of Christmas. "Starbucks is taking merry Christmas off [their cups] no more merry Christmas," Trump said. "If I become president, we'll all be saying merry Christmas again," the candidate said to applause. Trump told a raucous crowd, "Maybe we should boycott Starbucks. I don't know." The real estate mogul also attacked his main rival, Ben Carson. "This...
  • Here’s why people are mad about Starbucks’ red cups

    11/09/2015 10:02:06 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 88 replies
    Fortune Yahoo Finance ^ | 11/09/15 | Claire Zillman
    Starbucks started its holiday cup tradition in 1997--so “this year's design is another way Starbucks is inviting customers to create their own stories with a red cup that mimics a blank canvas.” It’s also worth noting previous Starbucks red cups lacked any outright Christian symbolism. Jeffrey Fields, Starbucks vice president of design and content, said in the release that in the past the holiday cups have told stories. This year, Starbucks “wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories," Fields wrote. He said that the coffee chain “has become a place...
  • Why Some Christians Are Upset at Starbucks’ New Holiday Cups

    11/08/2015 12:40:59 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 54 replies
    Time ^ | November 11, 2015 | Justin Worland
    Some Christians have taken to social media channels to protest the new Starbucks holiday cup, which they say is conspicuously devoid of images of both Christmas and Jesus Christ himself. The new cup, which is shades of red with the Starbucks logo, showed up in stores late last month. "Starbucks REMOVED CHRISTMAS from their cups because they hate Jesus," wrote Joshua Feuerstein in a viral Facebook post with nearly 10 million views. In an accompanying video, Feuerstein encourages customers to give their name as "Merry Christmas" to force Starbucks employees to say the phrase. The movement had caught on by...
  • Starbucks to switch to 100 percent cage-free eggs by 2020

    10/02/2015 6:42:23 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies
    AM New York ^ | October 2, 2015 | Reuters
    Starbucks will switch to using only eggs laid by cage-free chickens at its North American locations within five years, the company told Reuters on Thursday. The company said it has been steadily working on making the switch since it began buying cage-free eggs in 2008. The pledge follows similar moves by McDonald's Corp, Burger King Corp and food services company Sodexo SA. It is happening as North American egg suppliers are slowly starting to rebuild flocks after the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history.
  • Starbucks baristas demand meeting with CEO Howard Schultz to discuss scheduling issues

    09/29/2015 7:19:35 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 37 replies
    Starbucks baristas are demanding CEO Howard Schultz to work with workers on a solution to what they say is scheduling unfairness in the wake of a report last week claiming Starbucks has failed to deliver on promises made a year ago to improve practices that leave workers' schedules in a state of chaos.
  • Starbucks CEO to baristas: stock market drop may stress out customers

    08/24/2015 3:13:40 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 39 replies
    Starbucks ( SBUX -4.73% ) CEO Howard Schultz has called on baristas to be extra patient with customers on Monday, given the dramatic stock market swoon that no doubt has left countless coffee addicts anxious about the state of their retirement holdings.
  • Why I Will Never Drink Another Starbucks Coffee Again: It Funds Planned Parenthood

    08/07/2015 9:01:30 PM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    life news ^ | Aug 7, 2015 | Sarah Zagorski
    <p>Some of Americas top corporations have announced publicly that they do not support Planned Parenthood in light of revelations about their organ harvesting business. In July, Coca Cola, Ford Motor Company, the American Cancer Society, American Express and Xerox assured customers that even though they were listed as partners on Planned Parenthoods website, they do not support them through donations.</p>
  • Maureen Dowd: Starbucks' Howard Schultz Urged to Challenge Hillary

    08/02/2015 6:05:20 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 46 replies
    Newsmax ^ | August 1, 2015 | Todd Beamon
    Howard Schultz, the chairman and CEO of Starbucks, is being urged to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. Schultz, 62, is getting encouragement from supporters because they believe "the time is right for someone who's not a political lifer," New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd said on Saturday. "It may be a tempting proposition." Raised in low-income housing in Brooklyn, Schultz later graduated from Northern Michigan University. He bought Starbucks in 1988 and built the company to where its operating income totaled $939 million in its most recent quarter, on $4.9 billion in sales. "He has strong opinions,...
  • An ex-NBA player who blew nearly $100 million is turning his life around while working at Starbucks

    07/29/2015 8:41:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/29/2015 | Cork Gaines
    Vin Baker played 14 seasons in the NBA with six different teams and made $97.4 million in his career as a basketball player. Now Baker is embarking on a new career as a Starbucks manager. Baker is working as a barista at a Starbucks in North Kingstown, Rhode Island as part of his training to become a manager, according to Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal. Baker's road to this career was a rocky one, but he appears to have some good perspective on his struggles. He told McNamara: "I was an alcoholic, I lost a fortune. I had a...
  • Florida man banned from Starbucks for life for exposing parking violations

    07/27/2015 5:02:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | July 27, 2015
    A Florida man banned from Starbucks for life because he called out customers who were breaking the law says he'd do it again to raise awareness for people with disabilities. Rob Rowen says he received a letter from the manager at a Tampa location after he was accused of publicly shaming people for illegally using the handicapped parking spaces and confronting them inside the coffee shop with cell phone images he took of the violations. Rowens son-in-law has muscular dystrophy and uses a power wheelchair, he said. I saw someone park and it was obvious they werent handicapped, Rowen told...
  • Meet the 41 Companies That Donate Directly to Planned Parenthood

    07/22/2015 1:21:17 AM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    dailysignal.com ^ | July 21, 2015 | Melissa Quinn
    In the wake of two videos allegedly showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of aborted fetal body parts, Republicans in Congress are working to ensure that Planned Parenthood is stripped of its federal funding. However, its not only the government that fills Planned Parenthoods coffers. According to 2nd Vote, a website and app that tracks the flow of money from consumers to political causes, more than 25 percent of Planned Parenthoods $1.3-billion annual revenue comes from private donations, which includes corporate contributions. 2nd Vote researched the corporations and organizations to find which supported Planned Parenthood and found that more...
  • Starbucks to Open New Stores in Low-Income Neighborhoods

    07/17/2015 5:45:40 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 52 replies
    Celeb Cafe ^ | 7-17-2015 | Dave Harris
    Starbucks said Thursday its opening stores in 15 poor and middle-class inner-city locations across the USA, including one in Ferguson, Mo., as part of its bid to integrate more disadvantaged youths into the workforce. But now Starbucks is aiming to have a lasting impact on the community. The new store, set to open early next year at 10776 West Florissant Avenue, near Interstate 270, will be larger than a standard Starbucks by about 300 to 400 square feet. Starbucks spokeswoman Laurel Harper said details are not yet available on when the central Phoenix Starbucks location will close for renovations, specifically...
  • Starbucks reveals location of Ferguson store (Looting n' Lattes)

    07/13/2015 3:06:37 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 39 replies
    Starbucks is planning to build a restaurant with a drive-thru at 10776 West Florissant Ave. in Ferguson.
  • Mother shocked after 5-year-old son discovers hidden camera in Starbucks bathroom

    07/11/2015 11:10:45 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 18 replies
    Fox6 ^ | July 10, 2015 | Megan Pospychala
    Deputies are investigating the discovery of a hidden cell phone camera hiding inside the womens restroom at a Starbucks in Lancaster, California. A woman, who asked not to be identified, told KTLA that her 5-year-old son found the cell phone around 10:30 a.m. at the Starbucks near Avenue K and 10th Street on Thursday, July 9th. My son used the restroom first and I used the restroom after him. I noticed he was staring at the sink a little bit perplexed. I asked him what was wrong and he said, Mommy, why is there a phone under there?' said the...
  • Starbucks hiking prices in US; affected drinks will go up by 5 to 20 cents

    07/06/2015 2:19:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 50 replies
    ap ^ | July 06, 2015
    Starbucks says it's hiking prices again starting Tuesday, with the increases ranging from 5 to 20 cents for most affected drinks
  • Hackers are draining bank accounts via the Starbucks app

    05/14/2015 7:10:28 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | 05/14/15
    Thieves are stealing money from people's credit cards, bank and PayPal accounts -- by first tapping into their Starbucks mobile app. Starbucks (SBUX) on Wednesday acknowledged that criminals have been breaking into individual customer rewards accounts. The Starbucks app lets you pay at checkout with your phone. It can also reload Starbucks gift cards by automatically drawing funds from your bank account, credit card or PayPal. That's how criminals are siphoning money away from victims. They break into a victim's Starbucks account online, add a new gift card, transfer funds over -- and repeat the process every time the original...
  • Raleigh officer, wife asking for $50K in hot coffee case

    05/05/2015 7:03:26 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 42 replies
    WRAL ^ | May 4, 2015
    Raleigh, N.C. Attorneys for a Raleigh police officer began making the case Monday that he should be compensated the burns, blisters and emotional damage he suffered when a hot cup of coffee spilled on his lap in January 2012. In the morning, a judge heard motions from representatives of Matthew Kohr, a lieutenant with Raleigh police's special operations division, and Starbucks.
  • System Crash for Starbucks Leads to Free Coffee for Some

    04/24/2015 7:46:55 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 17 replies
    ny times ^ | 4-24-2015 | NICOLEPERLROTH
    The in-store payment systems at Starbucks went down Friday at 8,000 company-operated stores in the United States and Canada, leading to an unexpected giveaway of coffee drinks at some stores. In a statement, the company said the failure was caused not by hackers but by a problem during a daily computer system update. The chain said late Friday that it was still working to resolve the problem, which also affected the chains Fresh and Teavana stores. We are actively working to resolve the outage, and our stores will remain open and continue to serve our customers, the company said. News...
  • Howard Schultz: Starbucks to open Ferguson store

    04/22/2015 2:46:27 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 90 replies
    Schultz said that the coffee chain will open a store in what has been an epicenter of racial tension in the U.S., one month after unveiling its controversial Race Together campaign. Starbucks baristas may not be writing Race Together on customers coffee cups anymore, but CEO Howard Schultz certainly isnt done talking about the nations touchiest topic.
  • What "H1B" really means! ~ Vanity

    04/15/2015 1:40:11 PM PDT · by GraceG · 53 replies
    Reading all these sotries about people whining how fast food jobs should be paying 15 bucks an hour got me thinking about all the people we hire from other countries when we have all these well educated native born people struggling to find work... What does H1B really mean? H1B = Hire 1 Barista So for every foreign worker we bring in on a H1B, we end up having to "Hire One Barista" down the street at starbucks... The H1B program is directly tied to the number of colleg students having to take a lower paying job handing out coffee...
  • Starbucks CEO: If You are Anti-Gay Marriage, You can Sell Your Shares

    03/30/2015 10:18:35 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 110 replies
    TPNN ^ | 3/30/15 | Cara Delvecchio
    At Starbucks annual shareholders meeting in Seattle on Wednesday a shareholder complained to Billionaire CEO, Schultz about the fact that Starbucks has lost customers because of its support of gay marriage. Starbucks supported Washingtons states referendum backing gay marriage last year and in response the National Organization for Marriage started a boycott of the company. Tom Stobhar, founder of Corporate Morality Action Center, complained about the companys support of gay marriage, citing that the companys support for gay marriage has resulted in boycotts against the company that have cost Starbucks a considerable amount of business. In the first full quarter...
  • If Starbucks Can Preach About Race, Can Chick-fil-A, Hobby Lobby Preach About Christian Values?

    03/27/2015 7:54:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/27/2015 | Wallace Henley
    The more the general society rejects, spurns, and ignores the biblical pulpit, the greater the preachy culture expands. Starbucks' recent attempt to turn a coffee cup into a communion chalice is an example. The "communion" signified upon the cup was not about humans and God, but about humans "communing" with one another regarding race. The company, a denomination within the religion of Neo-Progressivism, launched its "Race Together" campaign to get us all set right on human relations. The PR didn't work, and so Starbucks had to dismantle the "Race Together" pulpit. However, that won't halt its preachiness. Jim Olson, a...
  • In Dealing with Racism and Anti-Semitism, Coffee Cups Can't Replace Action

    03/26/2015 1:05:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 26, 2015 | Matt Towery
    In Dealing with Racism and Anti-Semitism, Coffee Cups Can't Replace Action. It didn't take a genius to predict that the idea of promoting discussion about race between baristas at Starbucks and their customers would come to a rapid and certain end. However well intended, the concept of entering a coffeehouse and having a protracted conversation about race while holding up lines and diverting customers from their usual routine just sounded juvenile. Credit Starbucks leaders for good intentions and even better sense in halting the program abruptly. Consider two men who are more about action when it comes to race relations...
  • Starbucks CEO to meet with Dontre Hamilton's family (Milwaukee)( Foolish Man )

    03/25/2015 1:16:41 PM PDT · by UB355 · 20 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 3/25/2015 | Annysa Johnson
    The CEO of Starbucks, who was scorned for his recent effort to spark a national conversation on race, is planning to meet with the family of Dontre Hamilton, the African-American man killed by a Milwaukee police officer last year after Starbucks employees called to report him sleeping in Red Arrow Park, according to Hamilton's brother and others close to the family. Nate Hamilton said Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is scheduled to meet with the family on April 1 in Milwaukee. Efforts to reach the Seattle-based company Tuesday and Wednesday to confirm the visit were not successful.
  • VIDEO: I Actually Went to Starbucks and Asked About Racial Issues Heres What Happened

    03/24/2015 4:19:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | March 23, 2015 Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/415821/video-i-actually-went-sta | Katherine Timpf
    Nothing was solved. Since Starbucks launched its Race Together initiative encouraging customers to have conversations about racial issues with its employees there have been a slew of Internet think pieces about whats right or wrong about it. Some people said it was an awkward and a dumb idea. Other people said those people were racists. So I decided to go out and see for myself what it would be like if I actually did what Starbucks was telling its customers to do. On Friday, I spent the entire day visiting Starbucks locations all around New York City,...
  • Starbucks CEO: No Tolerance for Traditional Marriage Supporters

    03/24/2015 6:17:13 AM PDT · by jonatron · 110 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 3/23/15 | Victor Medina
    At the Starbucks annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday, CEO Howard Schultz sent a clear message to anyone who supports traditional marriage over gay marriage: we don't want your business. After saying Starbucks wants to "embrace diversity of all kinds," he told a shareholder who supports traditional marriage that he should sell his shares and invest in some other company. According to a report by Forbes, Schultz seemed a bit intolerant of any Starbucks shareholders who opposed gay marriage for moral or religious reasons. During the meeting, shareholder Tom Strobhar (who founded the Corporate Morality Action Center) pointed out that after...
  • Starbucks Spills Coffee on Its Crotch

    03/23/2015 1:42:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 23, 2015 | Matt Barber
    Espresso makes you hyper. When youre hyper you sometimes make rash decisions. When you make rash decisions you usually regret it. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz evidently chugged a Venti-five-shot-double-pump-skinny-vanilla-latte last week before announcing Starbucks new RaceTogether public relations stunt. As he describes it, the ber-progressive head of the multi-billion dollar corporate mega-giant that brews mediocre coffee by the silo full and whose leadership is almost exclusively white hopes to start a discussion about American race relations. (Im pretty sure that discussion has been ongoing for a couple centuries, but, hey, I was wrong that one time about that other...
  • MSNBC: Write That America Has Always Been Based on 'White Supremacy' on Coffee Cups

    03/23/2015 11:35:40 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 56 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 3/23/15 | Tom Blumer
    On Melissa Harris-Perry's show this weekend, the host resoundingly approved when a guy who said that his mission in life is to "get white people to talk about whiteness" suggested that baristas at Starbucks should write White supremacy has been the organizing principle of America since it was founded on customers' coffee cups. - See more at:
  • politics,humor

    03/23/2015 8:50:05 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 3-23-2015 | MOTUS
    Good Morning! If you, like most non-super heroes, need a cuppa joe to get rolling theres good news! You can once again grab a cup at Starbucks without having your white privilege challenged by the barista with a dual degree in philosophy and gender studies. The coffee chain has dropped their Race for the Cure campaign, due to extreme blowback; in other words, it was effecting the bottom line.According to the Instapundit, part of the problem may have been the hypocrisy: STARBUCKS: Where Only The Coffee Is Black! Its not shocking at all that this lame conversation about race...
  • Coffee Talk

    03/22/2015 9:04:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 22, 2015 | Derek Hunter
    Would you like a lecture on race with your latte? That may sound like the name of a breakout session at a White Privilege conference or a new class at an Ivy League university, but its the new corporate policy at Starbucks. You now can be lectured by an otherwise unemployable gender studies graduate while paying $7 for a a pennys worth of hot water run over a nickels worth of ground coffee beans and a splash of milk. What took Madison Avenue so long to cook up this marketing scheme? I dont drink coffee, never have. Ive only been...
  • Starbucks baristas stop writing "Race Together" on cups

    03/22/2015 8:16:00 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 138 replies
    According to a recently released internal memo, Starbucks baristas will no longer write "Race Together" on customers' cups starting Sunday. Starbucks spokesman Jim Olson says the campaign to create discussion on diversity and racial inequality will continue without the handwritten messages, which are phasing out as originally planned.
  • Van Jones: Starbucks' critics are making a big mistake

    03/21/2015 6:56:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    CNN ^ | March 20, 2015 | Van Jones, former Obama advisor
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Congratulations, Internet haters! Well done, keepers of the one-true-way-to-talk-about-race! If we don't tamp down the backlash against Starbucks "Race Together" campaign, I fear that no major corporation will even try to talk about race again -- for maybe 10 or 20 years. Is that really what we want? Look, I get it. Asking baristas to hold conversations about race is a lot to demand of already hard-working employees. Not to mention, the topic should probably be called "systematic racism," not just "race." And there are legitimate questions about what Starbucks could realistically hope to accomplish, here. But for crying...
  • The End Of Starbucks as We Know It?

    03/21/2015 1:15:43 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 60 replies
    Commercial Observer ^ | March 18, 2015 | LAUREN ELKIES SCHRAM
    Starbucks Coffee is getting creamed by New York City rents. The java giant may get priced out of its premier and larger Manhattan locations as some of the companys earliest stores approach renewal after 15 to 20 years. Its likely that itll be very difficult to renew a number of those leases, said retail broker Joanne Podell, a vice chairman at Cushman & Wakefield, who does not represent Starbucks. She noted that the stores with superb locationsi.e., on busy streets with well-trafficked storefrontsare expiring and the chain was paying much, much less per square foot than todays rents. The average...
  • Starbucks serves up hypocrisy, Venti-size

    03/21/2015 9:07:33 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 60 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-20-15 | Joe Soucheray
    Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks, wants his employees to talk to the customers about race relations in America, which makes as much sense, I suppose, as a bank instructing its tellers to inquire after your faith. In other words, Schultz and his people have gotten so full of themselves that they actually believe a barista can engage a customer in a meaningful conversation about race, even though the customer might want only a latte and not chatter. Or else they believe that coffee, by virtue of its stimulants, is an elixir that can close the great divide, if there...
  • Just Write #STFU On That Starbucks Cup (Since This Essay Won't Fit)

    03/20/2015 7:44:10 PM PDT · by IChing · 54 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 3/20/15 | Donald Joy
    Somebody needs to tell Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to snap a lid on his grande mocha-hole, especially seeing as he chooses not to match his money or his actions to that frothing hypocrite mouth. In case you havent heard about it already, as part of the all-out propaganda war of disinformation being waged (and, massively funded by at least $33 million from his fellow lefty opportunist billionaire and tribal kinsman, Gyorgy Schwartz aka George Soros) under the hashtag BlackLivesMatter, Starbucks Schultz is urging his legions of baristas to write #RaceTogether on customers coffee cups, as a way to provoke in-store...
  • Does Starbucks Want an Honest Conversation?

    03/20/2015 11:53:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2015 | Mona Charen
    Starbucks is hoping to lead a national conversation about race. According to a video released by founder Howard Schultz, Starbucks baristas are encouraged to scrawl "race together" on coffee cups before placing them in the hands of customers. This hollow bit of moral exhibitionism is supposed to encourage "compassion," "honesty," "empathy" and "love." Does Starbucks sell caffeine-free compassion? 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...
  • Why Is There No Starbucks Coffee House in Selma? [or Ferguson, or many other black cities]

    03/19/2015 7:46:24 PM PDT · by grundle · 69 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | March 19, 2015 | Jen Kuznicki
    Starbucks executive Corey duBrowa recently deleted his twitter account, after what he said were abusive comments as a result of his push for a campaign in which his baristas were to engage with customers about race relations. "I was personally attacked through my Twitter account around midnight last night and the tweets represented a distraction from the respectful conversation we are trying to start around Race Together," duBrowa said. "Ill be back on Twitter soon." But the whole point of the conversations he promoted, was to get people talking about what is uncomfortable, and controversial. It seems childish to delete...
  • (Vanity) Pre: Starbucks Racetalks, was McDonald's Pay With Lovin" Anyone Know How That Worked Out?

    03/19/2015 12:47:25 AM PDT · by lee martell · 34 replies
    March 19, 2015 | Lee Martell
    This week we see the roll out of a new campaign from Starbucks, where the 'barrista' aka Waiter is supposed to kick start a 'casual conversation with the customer' about race relations in the U.S.. Two days in, and the majority of people are either laughing and mocking or scowling and condemning. I don't expect the Racetalks to still be going on by Memorial Day, late May. Only if they start writing up rules, conditions and solid incentives (aka $) for both the waiters and the customers. Before Starbucks new strategy, there was another Mad Hatter type of social experiment...
  • Would You Discuss Race With Your Starbucks Barista?

    03/19/2015 12:19:11 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 86 replies
    forbes.com ^ | 3/18/2015 | Ruchika Tulshyan
    Starbucks just announced a new campaign inviting their customers to discuss race relations with baristas. The Seattle-based coffee company is asking employees to write Race Together on the side of customers cups, in an effort to engage them to discusswell, their ethnicity. The campaign was sparked by the recent uptick in nationally-covered racially-charged tragedies, according to a Starbucks press release. What if we were to write Race Together on every Starbucks cup, and that facilitated a conversation between you and our customers? Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says in a video message to partners. And what if our customers as a...
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Starbucks Flawed But Wonderful Plan To Tackle Race

    03/18/2015 7:26:40 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 43 replies
    TIme ^ | March 18, 2015 | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    Starbucks CEO Howard Schultzs bold decision to encourage his baristas to discuss race relations with willing customers has filled me with shock and awe. Im in awe of his courageous and good-hearted attempt to do something to bring about better awareness of racism. Im in awe that hes willing to put morality above profits. Im in awe that hes willing to endure the snarky ridicule and lame coffee jokes from pundits as well as the inevitable death threats from clueless trolls. All with nothing personally or corporately to gain and a lot to lose.
  • #RaceTogether @Starbucks

    03/17/2015 10:37:04 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 12 replies
  • Starbucks tackles race relations: Big risk but 'we can't leave this to someone else'

    03/17/2015 6:51:47 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 28 replies
    Biz Journal ^ | 3-17-2015 | Rachel Lerman
    For the most part, large, publicly traded companies shy away from emotionally charged social issues, recognizing it is safest to take a neutral stance. But this week Starbucks has stepped out onto a ledge with its newest public campaign, which may be its riskiest yet. Starbucks is tackling race relations in the country. The company is not thinking small. Starbucks took out a full-page ad in the New York Times Sunday that reads "Shall we overcome?" in the center with "Race Together" at the bottom of the page. The ad may have cost more than $200,000. While this is not...
  • Coffee, Tea, or a Frank Discussion on Race?

    03/19/2015 1:35:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 19, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    tarbucks 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. Even the cashiers have fancy monikers -- "barista." The snootiness is by design, of course. And you can make fun of it all you want; it's worked. Using many of the same techniques realtors have employed to hawk borderline tenements as unique gateways to the urban experience, Starbucks has managed to educate the consumer that it's OK to pay through the nose for what used to be a "cuppa joe."...
  • How To Talk About Race At Starbucks (video)

    03/20/2015 10:34:27 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 68 replies
    Internet Action Force (IAF) ^ | March 19, 2015 | Rob King
    At Starbucks, we respect your heritage AND your order.