Starbucks has a policy of not allowing people to use their restrooms unless they buy something.
A lot of businesses do this. It’s not exactly uncommon.
However, since the people who wanted to use the Philadelphia Starbucks restroom without making a purchase were black, this has now become a racial issue.
Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz was quick to blame white people for the Charlottesville riots in 2017, now karma has reared its ugly head.
From BizPac Review:
It’s unclear what happened afterward, except that the employees reportedly contacted local authorities to complain that the two men were refusing to leave.
When the authorities arrived, they placed the two men under arrest, triggering outrage from other customers.
“This is ridiculous. What did they get called for, because there are two black guys sitting here meeting me?” one customer complained to the cops during the arrest, as seen in the video above.
“They didn’t do anything, I saw the entire thing,” another added.
Though the two men were later released after Starbucks chose to not pursue charges, the backlash on social media and elsewhere was absolutely brutal:
@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 released this message:
The Philadelphia Police Department has likewise receiving scathing backlash for its decision to arrest the two men, but Commissioner Richard Ross is adamant that his officers took the right course of action.
The two black men were handcuffed for not following the rules. That’s how things work in this country.
What’s the issue here? Oh, right. America is racist.
While Starbucks may be universally loved, it happens to be a liberal favorite.
Seattle recently put in place a new “sugar tax” that affects the prices of soda, yet the coffee giant will get a pass.
From Conservative Tribune:
Seattle’s leftists lawmakers approved an ordinance last year that imposed a tax on all sweetened beverages, save of course for the lattes consumed by the city’s highfalutin, upper-class elites.
The new tax, which went into effect Jan. 1, specifically added a tax on “sweetened beverages, syrups and concentrates” except for those “that list milk as their first ingredient,” according to The Seattle Times.
This means the fancy lattes enjoyed by Seattle’s Starbucks-sipping liberals get a pass, despite the fact that some of these lattes contain up to 68 grams of sugar.
“Where and when is a sweetened beverage not a taxable sweetened beverage? In Seattle, when the drink is a Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks — 42 grams of sugar in a Venti, the largest size. Or a Caramel Brulée Latte with whipped cream — 68 grams of sugar in a Venti,” the Times explained.
More from Seattle Times:
The mayor’s office insisted beverage syrups used by coffee shops would be taxed at the point of distribution — 1.75 cents for each ounce of beverage the syrups end up being part of.
But the office said some exceptions would be determined later, during the rule-making process.
That process is now complete, and here’s what the rules say.
A distributor will owe the tax on every bottle of syrup sold to a coffee shop. But if the shop uses some of the bottles to make milk-based drinks and gives the distributor a signed statement saying so, the city will give the distributor a break on the tax for those bottles, Watterson said.
Starbucks, which spent $7,500 lobbying Seattle officials in the second and third quarters of 2017, doesn’t like the tax and urged its customers to contact the City Council after the measure passed in June.
“We are concerned about the harmful economic impact this measure will have on the hundreds of Seattle’s coffee shops, beyond just Starbucks, and their customers,” spokesman Reggie Borges said in an email last week.
A Seattle Costco put up signs delineating exactly how much the tax would cost, then invited people to shop at its warehouse centers outside the city.
From King 5:
Jason Mercier from Washington Policy Center, which opposed the tax, shot a photo from inside a Seattle Costco that showed the price for a Gatorade 35-bottle variety pack was $15.99. That is until you add the new tax, which bumps it up by $10.34 for a total of $26.33.
Costco also posted an explainer of the new tax, saying it adds 1.75-cents per ounce on “sugar sweetened beverages with added ‘caloric sweeteners’ or syrups. Then the store posted a reminder that shoppers can go to their Tukwila and Shoreline Costcos to avoid the tax.
The tax does not apply to milk-based drinks or diet drinks that don’t have sugar.
Some other cities that have gone over to the dark side and include Berkeley, San Francisco, and Portland – well-known progressive bastions.
Some people said they would be following Costco’s suggestion and going outside the city to buy their soda.
Others said they might give up soda.