Why Boycott Starbucks?



Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, in opposition to Donald Trump’s recent executive action regarding banning immigrants from certain countries for a few months, has decided to hire 10,000 refugees at Starbucks locations all across the globe. So according to this article, Trump’s supporters took to social media to ramp up a boycott against Starbucks because of the CEO’s stance even though it has also been stated that Starbucks pledged to hire 10,000 veterans and military spouses by 2018.

People are boycotting Starbucks (SBUX) again, and this time it has nothing to do with its cups.

On Sunday, Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz disclosed that the coffee giant would be hiring 10,000 refugees worldwide over the next five years, a direct response to President Donald Trump’s executive order barring immigrants — including refugees — from seven countries from entering the U.S.

Now, let’s take a look at something. The average pay of a barista at Starbucks is between $7.63 and $10.63 per hour, and shift managers earn an average of $9.12 to $13.44 which still leaves the employee in poverty since it has been established that a person needs to make $48,788 a year to cover standard costs of living expenses and if I was to take an average of what a Starbucks shift manager earns which would be around $11.00 an hour, that employee would make $21,120 a year, well below what’s needed to live on. So, how is Starbucks doing any favors for veterans and their spouses or even immigrants since they will need social programs to live on and need to make use of food banks to supplement their Starbucks earnings because their take-home pay will not be $21,120 since taxes and other payroll deductions will come out of their pay? How is the CEO of Starbucks in any position to attempt to take the high road at all since this is also known by the Starbucks CEO? How is he even attempting to take the high road against Donald Trump by announcing his plan to hire 10,000 immigrants and pay them poverty wages while the CEO of Starbucks makes $9,200 an hour which makes him one of the biggest hypocrites to even attempt to take the high road?

Where is his concern for those who enable his sorry ass to rake in $9,200 an hour while Starbucks shift managers start out earning $9.12 an hour and the starting salary for a barista is only $7.63 to $10.63 an hour? Why was there never a call to boycott Starbucks in protest over the paltry wages paid to those who work there?  Or better yet, to make a noise over the pay of its CEO in comparison to that of the average Starbucks employee? Why not stand in solidarity with those who, once they finish their shift at Starbucks,  must then head out the door, change clothes and go to their second job; that’s the only way they’ll be able to afford more than a box underneath a bridge because I hear tell that boxes underneath bridges are at a premium these days. We will never make a difference because the only way to make a difference is to boycott every single business in every single country and turn our cities into communities where we help each other. But that will never catch on because we only boycott when something makes us mad and for only five minutes. What’s that going to do? Not a damn thing. So, no one is worried about your Starbucks boycott, especially not the one you’re hoping will be worried; its billionaire CEO, Howard Schultz.

Isn’t it nice when billionaires decide to take a stand to help the helpless? Isn’t it just wonderful to see one billionaire pit his empathy and selflessness against another? I mean, on the one hand, we have Donald Trump calling for a ban on immigrants from certain countries because ‘average’ Americans need to be kept safe from refugees who were made so by the very fact of this country shit stirring in theirs; bombing the hell out of their country and on the other hand, we have another billionaire who steps in and saves the day for the ‘average’ immigrant by throwing poverty wages at them if they can indeed, get past Donald Trump’s immigration ban. How this circus of horrors will play out is anyone’s guess. But we can be sure that things will only go from bad to worse at this point with billionaires telling us what’s best for us. When has a billionaire ever done anything but what was best for the billionaire? Both are bloated windbags with more money than brains and who have been using their silver spoons to sip from their bowls of wealth and privilege and who never knew what it actually meant to earn one honest dollar in their lives.

We have 10,000 veterans and spouses of veterans about to start earning poverty wages, and by the way, this must be how billionaires ‘thank them for their service’ and soon to be joining them in about three months time will be 10,000 immigrants and with both the House and the Senate hell bent on cutting social programs, we wonder why more and more homeless tent cities are popping up and why food banks are stretched to their limits and are running out of food? Ha! Keep wondering. Meanwhile, being the ever so helpful person that I am, I did a bit of research and found the cheapest apartment in America. It is located in Cleveland, OH and it’s only $350 a month. Sweet ain’t it? If you don’t mind living in Cleveland, then you’re all set. No need to thank me, that’s what I do, help the helpless and can you believe it, I’m not even a billionaire. I’m just a thoughtful, empathetic person who does indeed know what it feels like to live like a refugee in ones own supposed, ‘country’. I am one who has seen much suffering of those who are not deemed ‘refugees’ but who also live like refugees in their country of birth.

We don’t even take care of the least of us who were born in this country but we want to add to the burden of a system that is already bulging at the seams to the point where its ready to burst and deflate and what with these hypocritical Christian charities over here taking donations left and right and doing nothing that amounts to charity work, we need more people who have empathy and selflessness because we are the only ones who will attempt to step up to the plate when billionaires and Christian hypocrites add to our problems instead of resolving them.

I don’t need to boycott Starbucks because I have never stepped foot inside one. Of course it could be because caffeine disagrees with me but it also could mean that I loathe the very name ‘Starbucks’ because everyone is running through the doors of Starbucks as though it is the first and last name in coffee. We’re talking coffee folks, something that just should not be that important. If you were running through the doors of say, ‘Habitat for Humanity’ seeking to help build some poor person a much needed home, then I’d say, “Way ta go!” But that’s not what’s happening.  When was the last time you ran inside the doors of a homeless shelter because it was bandied about as being the most hip spot to go into and get your ‘help the poor’ fix? When was the last time you ran inside the door of a food bank or food shelf to help out because it was the most hip spot to go into and get your ‘help the hungry’ fix? When others hype up a place like a ridiculously named coffee joint to the point where that’s the only name you hear, I do just the opposite and that is exactly what I do, head in the opposite direction.

So, Cleveland it is then, eh?

15 thoughts on “Why Boycott Starbucks?

  1. Reblogged this on 1EarthUnited and commented:
    Couldn’t agree more Shelby, your logic is ironclad and heart in the right place. Besides, where else do hipsters and libtards have their precious latte, mocha cappuccino, espresso macchiato to start their day so the snowflakes can properly protest! XD

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    1. Again, I left a comment on your blog essentially saying that you are right; the hipsters and libtards are no better than who they propose is worse than they are. They are even more vile and disgusting because they are hypocrites and I hate hypocrites.

      I sincerely thank you for the re-blog and for that most wonderful comment. It is much appreciated.

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    1. Thank you very much 1EarthUnited! I saw the re-blog show up in my email, but not on my site. I did however head right on over to your blog and post a big ‘thank you’ which probably landed in you spam folder. Again, thank you! I tend to check my spam folder daily as this has been known to happen before.

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      1. Thank you for the straight talk, so refreshing to cut thru all that leftist PC bullshit. Not surprised that comments go missing, it’s rather well known about WP’s leftist leaning, their happiness engineers constantly “filter” ie. censor all communication that does not agree with their commie agenda.
        Keep speaking the truth, and god bless you! Meanwhile I’ll keep looking in my spam as well, apparently that’s where all the good stuff is! XD


      2. LOL! Yep, in the spam folder. I’ll do what I can and I am not at all happy with those behind the scenes at Worstpress and they make it a well-known fact that the feelings are reciprocated. Thanks again, 1EarthUnited!


  2. I never understood the lure of Starbucks. I went once to see what they are about. Was not impressed with their sugar menu and overpriced coffees. Save yer money and drink your coffee at home. (BTW, Cappuccino: 1 shot of espresso and some foamed milk. Done. Less than $1.)

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    1. Lou, I never understood it either. My cousin swears by Starbucks and I asked him why and he said, “They make such strong coffee.” Seriously? If he wants strong coffee, I can pour him half a container of Folgers and he can have at it and it would still be cheaper than what he pays at Starbucks that apparently goes right into the pocket of the CEO, but not into the pockets of those who do the real work.

      Starbucks will never see me even if they made the most decaffeinated coffee in history as I refuse to join the “I must go to Starbucks” crowd because it’s where everyone goes. Right back to that conform thing again. Being brainwashed, clueless and foolish, I am glad I am not!

      Thanks Lou! I’m with you on this one!

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  3. I and many other leftists (the real leftists – not the ones organized by by CIA funded foundations) been boycotting Starbucks for more than 20 years. We’ve had a really hard time getting corporate coverage for the boycott, as for most of the other things we do.

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    1. Well, Dr. Bramhall, there are leftists and then there are the REAL leftists and I am glad that you are of the latter. Speaking for myself, I am miles to the left of left to the point where I think I am standing out in ‘left’ field all by my lonesome.

      I had no idea that you guys had been boycotting StarSUCKS for so long and you are right, it’s because the ‘corporate’ media is not going to cover what you guys were doing to protest another ‘corporation’. Can’t have that, can they? The loathsome bastards. Anyway, I am glad that you still manage to maintain your sense and sensibility amongst all the craziness out there.

      Stay vigilant, my friend!


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