Liberals are mounting a growing boycott of left-wing coffee company Starbucks over what the left claims is evidence of the company’s endemic “racism” in an incident seen at a Philly location.
With the left acting all furious at what was until now their favorite company, the incident offers the right a bit of schadenfreude because Starbucks has been attacking conservatives for years.
The latest incident of political trouble for the nation’s largest coffee house chain occurred in Philadelphia when two black men were arrested after a Starbucks employee called police because the men would not leave the store when asked.
Late Saturday, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson apologized for the incident. He promised a thorough investigation of the incident caught on the now-viral video by a patron.
The men were accused of trespassing, but have said they were simply waiting for a friend before ordering.
“The video shot by customers is very hard to watch and the actions in it are not representative of our Starbucks mission and values,” Johnson said in a statement. He added, “The basis for the call to the Philadelphia police department was wrong.”
Philadelphia’s police commissioner on Saturday defended the arrest, saying his officers had to act after Starbucks employees told them the pair were trespassing.
Video of Thursday’s incident showed other patrons telling officers the pair were doing nothing wrong and appeared to have been targeted merely because of their race.
Apparently, the employees called police because the men had been sitting in the store for several hours without ordering anything to eat or drink. The men claimed they were waiting for someone, but the store’s management asked them to leave, regardless.
The men, though, refused to acquiesce to the demands and stayed. In response, the store called the cops to have the men removed and removed they were, in handcuffs.
@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
But now, liberals are calling the incident an example of “racism” at Starbucks.
Since Saturday, liberals have been railing against Starbucks with social media campaigns to boycott the coffee chain. As noted above, it has gotten so bad that current CEO Kevin Johnson has fallen all over himself to apologize.
Amusingly, the apology has done nothing to dissuade liberals from launching boycotts, though.
This is all pretty funny to conservatives, of course. It is about time the extremely left-wing company got some comeuppance. After all, conservatives, veterans, Christians, and all manner of center-right Americans have been slamming Starbucks for the last decade because of how the company has treated them.
Starbucks has been pointedly liberal for quite some time. For instance, the company took the slings and arrows of real Americans everywhere when it announced it intended to hire ten thousand illegal immigrants from the Middle East.
In January of 2017, the company announced that it wanted to hire 10,000 “refugees” in response to President Donald Trump’s plan to stop immigration from seven war-torn terrorist nations. Starbucks thought to make a political point by announcing that it wanted to hire foreign terrorists, instead of Americans.
But, as soon as then CEO Howard Schultz made his announcement, the company’s brand took a major hit.
As I wrote at Breitbart back then,”since the company issued its anti-Trump statement its brand name has lost its luster with customers. Perception levels of the Starbucks brand name fell by an incredible two-thirds since its January announcement, according to a YouGov survey, as reported by Yahoo Finance.”
The announcement of the desire to hire the so-called “refugees” made conservatives wonder why Starbucks didn’t want to hire U.S. military veterans instead of foreigners.
It was conservatives that launched a boycott effort that time. Indeed, the boycott elicited some results when Schultz had to issue another statement saying that the company wanted to hire U.S. veterans, too. Not many believed him.
Schultz was a major left-winger as he headed the coffee chain and jumped into many liberal political announcements. In 2013, Schultz proclaimed to America that Obamacare was a “good thing for the country.” He also was a major backer and fundraiser for Obama whom he endorsed in 2012.
The company also espoused all sorts of liberal causes. In 2013 Howard Schultz initially made it seem as if customers legally carrying firearms would not be allowed in their stores. As the controversy mounted, Schultz eventually came out to say that the company wouldn’t ban gun owners from his stores, but he did hope they would leave their guns at home.
A few years later Schultz announced a nation-wide campaign he titled “race together.” Schultz insisted that he was going to be the man to “solve” America’s “race problems” by “sponsoring a dialog about race” at his stores. But, even liberals thought the campaign was a bit insulting.
Then there have been the many times Starbucks offered “Christmas” cups where Christmas seemed whitewashed from the whole celebration. In 2015 for instance, Starbucks decided to eliminate the past decorations on its Christmas cups and go with just a red cup. Critics slammed the decision as a way to eliminate Christian symbols from the holiday.
The company repeated its slight of Christian symbols the very next year when it sponsored green cups with images of people on them instead of Christmas symbols.
So, yeah, Starbucks has been sticking its fingers in America’s eyes for years, now.
Fast forward to now where today’s left-wing Millennial generation has finally found a reason to rise to a boycott effort of their favorite coffee house even as conservatives have been a target of Starbucks’ grief for many years, already.
As the left jumps to its attack of Starbucks, we conservatives can only just sit back, give a little chuckle, and revel in the company’s discomfort.
Sweet schadenfreude, indeed.