cryptâ€ @nmgrm: the left is culturally dominant because of decadent subsistence patterns, the collapse of industrial agricultural civilization will serve to decolonize our minds from progressive ideas of history.
Ace is having loads of fun watching Starbucks’ management’s PC acrobatics:
23. Now Starbucks is saying this was all contrary to their policy and, presumably, anyone who wants to sit in their shops and not order anything and use the bathrooms has the right to do so as long as they like.
24. Starbucks, in other words, has just announced its stores are not stores primarily, but are now privately-funded shelters and bathroom facilities for the homeless. You don’t have to spend a slim dime in the store to sit as long as you please and use the bathrooms.
25. That’ll be great for Starbucks’ business. Their yuppie douchebag clientele love the homeless in the abstract, but we’ll see how much they appreciate their coffee shops being jammed with them, close-up-like, occupying most tables and chairs.
26. I don’t even want to defend Starbucks; I want them to have the full taste of Social Justice Warrior progressivism. If this is the company’s ideology, then they should live that ideology to the full.
When I first heard this story I thought that Starbucks (or at least this Starbucks) had made a stupid mistake. But eventually the facts got out and in fact Starbucks acted appropriately.
First point is that this Starbucks does have problems with loiterers and has a strict policy to keep loiters out of the store for the comfort of the customers and the workers. The loiters/homeless in the past had been combative and aggressive.
Second, these two men were asked to either buy something or leave. They did indeed say that they were waiting for a friend but at this point they had a choice. They could have bought something and sat there and waited or they could have stepped outside and waited.
third, the police showed up on a trespassing complaint. This leaves them two options. To either convince the trespasser to leave and no charges or problems or to force them to leave which really can only be done by arresting them. Wouldn’t a normal person simply comply and leave rather than submit to arrest?
Forth the two man were belligerent and non-compliant so the police handcuffed them and removed them from the store. How else could it possibly end regardless of the race of the trespassers?
Starbucks is getting raw deal on this.
Raw deal maybe, but they sure earned it.
Dick the Butcher
I come to bury Starbucks not to praise it.
For a change, progressives are eating their own. Best wishes with that.
You’re not picking up on what’s going on here.
This is not rationality; this is pure sociobiology.
Let's Review 64: Racial Harmony Edition - American Digest
[…] Never Yet Melted: Starbucks Now a Free Homeless Facility: Starbucks, in other words, has just announced its stores are not stores primarily, but are now privately-funded shelters and bathroom facilities for the homeless. You don’t have to spend a slim dime in the store to sit as long as you please and use the bathrooms. […]
The picture, if not staged, is obviously in a Starbucks. The assumption is made that this is a protest over the “incident”. (No way of telling for sure because there is no caption.) I pity the poor employee who has to put up with this, but the police should be called to haul away everyone there who is part of the protest. The guy with the bullhorn should be jailed. Protesting outside with a bullhorn is fine as long as the entrances are not blocked. The protestors filling up the spaces in front of the counters are blocking access to bonafide customers. That is illegal (?). If I were in charge I would press charges and then close the store permanently.
Having said that, this is Starbucks.
Here is how a normal CEO would have handled this:
“Starbucks has operated for millions of store weeks. I am not surprised that after all that time ONE of our managers exercised poor judgment with our general policy against loiterering. We have taken corrective action with this individual. Racial discrimination has never been a corporate policy. We do, however, allow and expect our store managers to make judgments as to how to apply those policies. With that responsibility we accept that there will be cases where those judgments do not align with yours or mine. We apologize to the two men who were subjected to overreaction to their loitering and will be offering them free lifetime Starbucks cards.”
I would like Starbucks to answer these questions:
1. Do you have a general policy against loitering that you expect your managers to enforce when they deem it necessary?
2. If so, will it be enforced with people of all races?
3. If not, can I bring a gang of 20 of my associates into your stores and hold a boisterous meeting for an hour?
GWTW has made several cogent observations. Now if I had been the CEO I would have said, “We’ve had problems in the past with loitering and general bad behavior in THIS store. It is entirely coincidental that the two men in question were black. We do not condone racism and the proof of that is evident in our thousands of other locations. However, since Starbucks and its employees have been subjected to ridiculous treatment at this location, it is obvious that Starbucks in not welcome there. We certainly wouldn’t want to make anyone else’s lives uncomfortable, so we will be closing this store. All of our current employees will be transferred to other existing stores. The manager will be promoted for faithfully adhering to company policy and making the best of an impossible situation. The policemen involved will receive a year’s worth of free Starbucks for their professional behavior.
We will be adding a new policy that says: Any person entering a Starbucks store carrying a bullhorn will be turned over to our store pit bulls. We will also track down every person who posted a video on Youtube with such labels as “Starbucks kicks out two men for being black”. These posters will find that their lives become miserable. Anyone else that doesn’t like it, go do things to yourself that are anatomically impossible.
Then again, this is Starbucks.
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