Joe ‘The Plumber’ Wurzelbacher went on Fox Business Channel and ripped Howard Schultz, chief executive of Starbucks (whom he refers to as “Mr. Starbucks”!), after Schultz announced plans to “hire 10,000 refugees in reaction to President Trump’s new immigration orders.”
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People who disagree with his stance have poured out their disdain with the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks. Among Joe the Plumber’s main points: Starbucks should be working to create jobs for Americans in America — specifically veterans or people who are struggling or unemployed — not thousands of refugees:
— Scott Baio (@ScottBaio) January 30, 2017
In his letter detailing the company’s plan to hire refugees, CEO Howard Schultz wrote that the hiring plan was in response to Trump’s immigration policy. As CNBC notes, many angry people are suggesting that Starbucks should only hire Americans or American veterans instead.
Twitter has erupted in support of Joe:
Starbucks’ stock is currently trading slightly down. Representatives for the company released a comment regarding the boycott and reaction to Schultz’s letter:
Our company’s mission is to inspire and nurture the human spirit, one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time in neighborhoods all over the world. We make decisions based on our mission, values and heritage and we recognize that sometimes there are some who may disagree with us. We respect the diverse points of views held by our partners and customers and will continue to listen.
There is nothing wrong with hiring refugees to work for your business. However why would you pick them over an American homeless person; the second one can at least speak English and won’t spit in your coffee for being an infidel?
This isn’t the first time Starbucks has drawn the ire of Trump supporters. Last year, fans of the then-president elect took to Starbucks, asking baristas to write “Trump” on their cups in a movement known as #TrumpCup. Some customers claimed to have been refused a #TrumpCup and accused the chain of suppressing their right to political expression.
I will tell you this: I hope the 10,000 refugees buy the coffee because I’ll never buy another one from that store…Boycott for good, give another coffee chain a chance to hire true needy Americans.
Let’s get 20,000 SHARES and this boycott rolling – what do you think?
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