Starbucks CEO's refugee comments sour customer views of chain: survey

By Lisa Baertlein

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if you own a coffee shop you may want to focus on providing great coffee and not sensitive and divisive political issues,,,

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These dolts read the lies in the media and think its hip or cool to bad mouth Trump and idolize Obama. If you read the news you would think that is the case, but the reality is Trump has a lot of supporters and nobody cares what starbucks thinks (a coffee store) nobody cares what actors think (just pretenders for a living) and mixing politics with your corporate brand is NOT wise, no matter how politically correct you think you are being.

Americans are tired of PC BS, and there are a lot of every day Americans who are not on TV that think this way. Starbucks, you are a coffee joint. who cares what you think.

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yes I prefer the old days as well. I read something today that the words 'boy' and 'girl' are now offensive. This world has to come back to some type of reasonable reality. We elected Trump to do what has to be done to identify and fix problems without being afraid of being called a racist/sexist/homophobe, etc. Seems no one else is willing to do that but him, everyone else soooo afraid of being called a name. As far as Starbucks, I dont need to be preached to by a company that charges $5 for a cup of coffee.

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I fully acknowledge Mr. Schultz is free to express his views and also he is free to hire who he wishes.

On the other hand the backlash is understandable. I imagine most folks are like me; that is they go to coffee shops for coffee - not for a political "education" or to be told how to act or think.

I do find Starbucks a bit over priced for what you get.

I think Starbucks should first strive to employ citizens of the country in which their shops are located. Based on locations of their shops this would ensure diversity (just by the fact they are located all over the world, including in Muslim nations...and by the way I believe women are not allowed in Starbucks shops in Saudi Arabia alone...).

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Mocheake.. may I suggest then hiring the homeless and the poor citizens first..? those are the people that already tried giving to the country and are actual citizens . Its absolutely insane to prioritize illegals , which btw many do have the survival resources already provided.

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Starbucks is overpriced and overrated anyway. Dunkin Donuts coffee is better, and cheaper.

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These dolts read the lies in the media

Howard Schulz and Lügenpreße?

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Honestly, I find the Trump supporters to be silly. The promise of jobs is to countries where it does business. It does not specifically say America.

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@Max - I am not a Trump supporter and I disagree with Schultz

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Dango bongMAR. 10, 2017 - 11:41AM JST When 99 out of 100 suicide bombings are performed by one religion of people, it is not racist or bigoted to temporarily halt the free flow of these people and reasonably give yourself 6 months to put in place proper checks and vetting processes so once of them does not blow them self up on your front porch.

When you just assume their religion is the cause of the bombings, when you ignore the vast, overwhelming majority of members of that religion who commit no violence, when you lie about the already stringent vetting processes in place to make sure refugees are safe to settle in the US and falsely pretend that vetting process doesn't exist just to pursue your hatred of the group in question...

yeah, it kinda is racist and bigoted.

Alex EinzMAR. 10, 2017 - 12:03PM JST Mocheake.. may I suggest then hiring the homeless and the poor citizens first..? those are the people that already tried giving to the country and are actual citizens . Its absolutely insane to prioritize illegals

If you think there is no difference between refugees and illegal immigrants, well, let's just say it doesn't reflect very well on the amount of attention you've paid to this issue.

Refugees are 100% legal immigrants. Refugees from the countries Trump is trying to block have never committed a single terror attack in the United States. Refugees don't get to choose which countries they get sent to, so it is unrealistic that a terrorist would falsely portray themselves as a refugee in order to sneak into the US.

Quite simply, there is no rational reason to fear Muslim refugees. The only reason anyone can have to fear them is they are utterly uninformed about how the refugee vetting process that exists already works, or they're a bigot.

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FizzBitMAR. 10, 2017 - 02:26PM JST Then buy a one way ticket to Sweden and walk the streets of the no go zones. And if you had any guts, carry a news camera too. Better yet, brine along your daughter or niece or any young female friend as well. Would you do that? Doubt it.

It's funny to see you and the anti-nuclear crowd playing the same rhetorical strategy to spread your FUD:

"I can't be bothered to provide evidence for the thing I'm fear-mongering about, so instead I'm going to demand you completely upend your entire life to do my research job for me, and pretend your unwillingness to do so is evidence I'm right!"

I mean, it would be funny, if innocent people weren't literally dying as a result of this fear-mongering hatred and bigotry.

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@Tokyo-Engr Good for you! I, however, do support Schultz. I'm sure that the majority of those they employ are, in fact, citizens of the countries they operate in. But it sure is nice that they seek to give a helping hand to refugees, who have likely lost everything they have. Helping those in need is a good thing!

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He mentions in the countries they do business in so I see no issue here. In fact it's a net positive as less anti-social Trumpettes will be out in public buying coffee and instead can stay at home moping, so overall good for society.

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Its ok Starbucks you can always sell your insanely over priced product in Asia.

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I think he meant USA coffee shops. Some areas in western states have shortage in people who want to work frbto go and coffee shops. Starbuck inear medical facilities area in southern Las Vegas serve coffee and accompanieingsnacks but not too manyemployees. if it gets employee, after experienced, they move on to Casinos so only the way it can have employees is immigrant r so I guess.

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Overrated, hate the the company needs to take a political stance and on top of that, their coffee isn't that great, overpriced, overrated. Coffee Bean, Dunkin Donuts, way better. I ONLY go to Starbucks because they do have great wifi and a nice calm pleasant atmosphere environment to sit back and do some work, but if the goal is to get great coffee, you're being cheated.

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@bass4:Where do you go to Stuaback? Aren't you working bfor US base in Japan? Here in Vegas, Republican people use physical exercise facilities and drop by S to enjoy delicious snacks.

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Starbucks would better in first in improving the quality of its coffee, second by keeping out of politics, thirdly hiring locals especially the homeless instead of third world refugees that have little or no educational let alone conversational abilities of their host country.

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