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#NOSTARBUCKS

Vow never to walk into a Starbucks ever again.

Vow never to walk into a Starbucks ever again. Instead, search out the most interesting indie coffee shop around where you live and work … get to know the people who own and run the place and get your friends and co-workers to join you there. Individually this may feel like a drop in the bucket, but if all of us do it collectively, then we can begin to shift power from megacorporations to our friends and neighbors.

Tweet #NOSTARBUCKS, Facebook it, email it, whisper it to a friend or shout it from the rooftops. Spread the word and let’s start brewing the mood for a worldwide revolution.

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Anonymous

you know I have not trouble with corporations, does that me we should limit ourselves to only be so successful. I mean starbuck started as a mom and pop. If it hadn't spread we would have cared less about coffee. In the market place, build a better mousetrap. Mom and pops want business then create their own schtick. There are several in my area doing just that and they are swamped.

Anonymous

you know I have not trouble with corporations, does that me we should limit ourselves to only be so successful. I mean starbuck started as a mom and pop. If it hadn't spread we would have cared less about coffee. In the market place, build a better mousetrap. Mom and pops want business then create their own schtick. There are several in my area doing just that and they are swamped.

kmcbee

Starbucks started mom and pop, but those days are long, long gone.

we should (and i already personally stopped sometime ago) stop buying their products.
why?

not simply because they are huge (although helping out smaller local and regional businesses is a noble enough cause for most.)

...because they do not wield their power and size responsibly or with conscience. look into the attempts they made to defeat guatemala when guatemala started demanding higher prices for their beans. look at the truth behind their "fair trade' beans- they strong arm much of the deals. look at the hypocrisy of a company which publicly advocates "social responsibility" and has a fairly squeaky clean public image not only flat out lies about how it handles getting its products, but in the benefits it offers its employees. nearly all Starbucks employees make about .10-.30 cents over minimum wage in their states. employees are not guaranteed hours- the only full time position is for management. a company of their size could afford to offer full time to a sizable portion of their staff. 40% or less of their employees have their much touted health insurance- that is 8% LESS than WALMART employees! oh, and lest we forget their union busting.

and with regards to some earlier comments regarding the service at starbucks, if you're interested in the psychological ramifications of having to pretend to be in a super chipper- glued-on-smile mood all the time, read "The Managed Heart" by Arlie Russell Hochschild. at every job one takes, one has to "suppress" their actual emotions to some degree, at super "customer service oriented" jobs like starbucks, flight attendants (the subject of the book) and whole foods market, this suppression is in the extreme. this estrangement from one's own emotions is draining and damaging in so many ways.

in other words, yeah, i wish Adbusters would have given us a bit of this info from the get-go, but I still support the boycott.

http://kylemcbee.blogspot.com/

kmcbee

Starbucks started mom and pop, but those days are long, long gone.

we should (and i already personally stopped sometime ago) stop buying their products.
why?

not simply because they are huge (although helping out smaller local and regional businesses is a noble enough cause for most.)

...because they do not wield their power and size responsibly or with conscience. look into the attempts they made to defeat guatemala when guatemala started demanding higher prices for their beans. look at the truth behind their "fair trade' beans- they strong arm much of the deals. look at the hypocrisy of a company which publicly advocates "social responsibility" and has a fairly squeaky clean public image not only flat out lies about how it handles getting its products, but in the benefits it offers its employees. nearly all Starbucks employees make about .10-.30 cents over minimum wage in their states. employees are not guaranteed hours- the only full time position is for management. a company of their size could afford to offer full time to a sizable portion of their staff. 40% or less of their employees have their much touted health insurance- that is 8% LESS than WALMART employees! oh, and lest we forget their union busting.

and with regards to some earlier comments regarding the service at starbucks, if you're interested in the psychological ramifications of having to pretend to be in a super chipper- glued-on-smile mood all the time, read "The Managed Heart" by Arlie Russell Hochschild. at every job one takes, one has to "suppress" their actual emotions to some degree, at super "customer service oriented" jobs like starbucks, flight attendants (the subject of the book) and whole foods market, this suppression is in the extreme. this estrangement from one's own emotions is draining and damaging in so many ways.

in other words, yeah, i wish Adbusters would have given us a bit of this info from the get-go, but I still support the boycott.

http://kylemcbee.blogspot.com/

Anonymous

When any of my local coffee shops get some employees that are actually attentive to my needs, then sure, I'll buy their coffee. If local shops want to do better, become better. It's that simple. And stop blaming Starbucks. They provide better service. Plain and simple. Their coffee sucks, yes. But I know what I am getting, and I won't have to wait ten minutes for the barista to stop talking to his bro and then give me attitude for interrupting. I prefer local, but come on. I'm not going to support a store based on one criteria.

Anonymous

When any of my local coffee shops get some employees that are actually attentive to my needs, then sure, I'll buy their coffee. If local shops want to do better, become better. It's that simple. And stop blaming Starbucks. They provide better service. Plain and simple. Their coffee sucks, yes. But I know what I am getting, and I won't have to wait ten minutes for the barista to stop talking to his bro and then give me attitude for interrupting. I prefer local, but come on. I'm not going to support a store based on one criteria.

Anonymous

Whiny bitch. So a local place doesn't wait on you hand and foot, maybe supporting neighbors means you can't treat them like fucking servants and maybe you don't get royalty 10-seconds-or-less treatment for your shitty tasting $6 drink.
Go cry. Such are the pains of progress.

Anonymous

Whiny bitch. So a local place doesn't wait on you hand and foot, maybe supporting neighbors means you can't treat them like fucking servants and maybe you don't get royalty 10-seconds-or-less treatment for your shitty tasting $6 drink.
Go cry. Such are the pains of progress.

Anonymous

if i\m going to spend my hard earned money to people who get paid for serving me, then i;m damn well going to expect service.

Anonymous

if i\m going to spend my hard earned money to people who get paid for serving me, then i;m damn well going to expect service.

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