Reality catches up to Starbucks

Posted: July 20, 2022 by datechguy in Uncategorized

Reality: I am going to tear down your safe space, brick by brick I shall smash it with glee.
Cartman: What? Who is that?
Reality: You cannot stop me from getting inside, I am cold and I am hard and my name … is Reality.

South Park Song In my safe space from the episode Safe Space 2015

In a rough economy it’s not unusual for a chain to close stores, but it IS unusual for them to close ones that are still showing a profit.

There are gonna be many more [store closures].”

The leaked video of Schultz shows him addressing Starbucks employees. He told them that the company was “beginning to close stores that are not unprofitable.”

Schultz said he was “shocked” to hear from employees that “one of the primary concerns that our retail partners [baristas] have is their own personal safety.”

“And then we heard about the stories that go along with it about what happens in our bathrooms,” Schultz said.

Of course what goes on in their bathrooms is due to a woke policy implemented to show the world how wonderful they are.

It seems the liberal owner of Starbucks has had a revelation: Realty doesn’t care how woke you are. This revelation came with a policy tweak:

I also suspect he is smart enough to realize that it is only a matter of time before an employee will be killed or maimed in one of those locations and the company’s national policy blamed and them sued.

I suspect that has a lot more to do with his sudden dawning of knowledge and wisdom than anything else.

  1. Zendo Deb says:

    Don’t knock the fear of lawsuits. Beats .gov regulation every day. And it is the one club hanging over every CEO and board of directors.

  2. Pod Hamp says:

    I have been following the Starbucks thing in the news with a mixture of interest and Schadenfreude, as I am not a coffee drinker or a Starbucks fan. It sounds like they plan to close other locations in the future with similar problems, and I imagine there will be other companies doing the same.

    As an additional data point: The lady that cleans our house also works as a janitor at the main library downtown in our city. The library has come out and said – that in addition to being a library – they are a resource for the city’s homeless population. What that means is that they are in effect a day care center for homeless people. She told my wife about the conditions that she sees and what she has to clean up after at work. It sounds exactly the same as the conditions that Starbucks encounters in their stores. This is a woman who immigrated from Bolivia a couple of decades ago, became a citizen, and raised a family as a single parent. But to listen to her talk, she could be an ultra-Maga redneck.

    By the way, I live in a deep-red state, and other than the downtown parts of our city, we are pretty conservative around here. So it isn’t just San Fran/Seattle/Portland/DC/Philadelphia seeing these conditions.