Liberal Groups Set Sights on Taking Down Starbucks After Arrest of Black Customers in Store
After a Starbucks employees called the police to deal with two people loitering in their store, liberals are paralyzed: Do we choose Starbucks, or do we pretend that this incident was because of anti-black racism?
There are two versions of this story. One, that Starbucks employees called the police to remove two peaceful customers because Starbucks doesn’t want black men hanging out in their store. Two, that Starbucks asked the police for assistance when two black men refused to leave after hours of waiting, were agitated when they were told the bathroom is for employees only, and were then removed by a black police officer who was following the wishes of the private coffee shop.
Two men were filmed in a branch in Philadephia being removed by police officers, and videos of the incident sparked off #BoycottStarbucks on the assumption that Starbucks is indeed racist.
Now, liberals are frozen with indecision. Do they take the side of the mob crying racism, or do they take the side of their beloved, pro-gay, pro-Hillary, pro-refugee Starbucks?
Aftermath, Starbucks Responds
When the videos spread, one of the most popular tweets encouraged coffee drinkers to switch to his own coffee shop, not because of their loitering policies, but because it’s run by black people.
Red Bay Coffee Roasters in Oakland @redbaycoffee is an excellent alternative to Starbucks. A company I am engaged with as we bring a store to Richmond CA. African American owned with respect for the community Starbucks has offended. #BoycottStarbucks
— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) April 14, 2018
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) April 14, 2018
Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson: “Our store manager never intended for these men to be arrested."
Translation: We're not sorry. #BoycottStarbucks
— Jesenia (@jgoodiebag) April 15, 2018
There were two eye witnesses, a woman making a video, and a guy in the video all sharing the same story…
Stop saying “You don’t know the whole story…”
You just refuse to believe the one presented. #BoycottStarbucks
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) April 15, 2018
Within two days of the incident, Starbucks posted this response:
“We apologize to the two individuals and our customers and are disappointed this led to an arrest. We take these matters seriously and clearly have more work to do when it comes to how we handle incidents in our stores. We are reviewing our policies and will continue to engage with the community and the police department to try to ensure these types of situations never happen in any of our stores.”
Late on Saturday night, current Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson apologized and promised that there would be a more thorough investigation of the incident.
That’s a lot of “sorrys” and a lot of promises to be better. So what will happen to revenue in Starbucks?
Police Commissioner Responds, Gives Details
So what about an official response from someone who isn’t involved with the coffee biz?
According to local Police Commissioner Richard Ross — who is himself “an African-American man,” the two police officers “did absolutely nothing wrong” and he defended the arrests. Giving a better timeline, Ross said that the store employees called 911 and reported a disturbance as well as trespassing.
The officers arrived, and the staff informed them that there were two men who had repeatedly refused to leave after being denied the use of the employee bathroom when employees asked them several times to vacate.
When the officers asked the men to leave and they refuse, that’s when it turned into a handcuff situation.
“If you think about it logically, that if a business calls and they say that someone is here that I no longer wish to be in my business, they [the officers] now have a legal obligation to carry out their duties. And they did just that…They were professional in all their dealings with these gentlemen, and instead they got the opposite back.”
The two men were later released, and Starbucks is not interested in prosecuting them.
@Starbucks The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing. pic.twitter.com/0U4Pzs55Ci
— Melissa DePino (@missydepino) April 12, 2018
Starbucks Exec On Violence Against Whites
Former CEO and current Special Projects Director gave a presentation that was later quoted on the official Starbucks Twitter account. Howard Schultz gave a talk in August 2017 after the violence in Charlottesville, saying that violence against “people who are not white” is unjustified.
Uh what? When people tweeted back asking about the wording, asking if it was an unfortunate slip of the tongue, but the official account was not willing to commit to a clear answer. When asked, Starbucks said “We do not tolerate discrimination against anyone. We believe in kindness, respect and dignity for everyone.”
Of course, they never clarified how they feel about violence, only discrimination.
"I know we're better than this. The bigotry, hatred, and senseless violence against people who are not white cannot stand.”
—Howard Schultz pic.twitter.com/JWpOmIV0H0
— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) August 16, 2017
Don’t Want Starbucks? Try Black Rifle!
Last year, Clinton-supporting Howard Schultz announced to cheering liberals that the company would aim to hire on 10,000 “refugees” over the next five years in direct response to Donald Trump’s executive order that put a termporary ban on accepting refugees from seven countries with ties to Islamic terrorism. The ban wasn’t about religion, or refugees, it was about countries that required better travel betting.
After Schultz made his announcement, Black Rifle Coffee announced that they would hire 10,000 veterans.
Of course, it’s jokey — Black Rifle is a small roaster — but since its owner is a veteran himself, the company definitely has a theme going on. In the original press release, they did include a link to apply with a resume. According to Evan Hafer, owner of Black Rifle:
“I started Black Rifle Coffee Company to provide a high-quality, roast-to-order, coffee to the pro 2A and veteran communities. Between deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, I was working to refine both my coffee roasting skills and my firearms skills.”
Sounds like he worked on his marketing too. Brilliant strategy. Starbucks coffee isn’t even that great because attempting to make coffee taste the same all over the world is impossible without over processing it. Try Black Rifle instead.
Sources: King 5 News, Newsweek