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Is Starbucks A Cult?

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“Room for smarm in your latte?” Isn’t there something creepy about Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz having  [in Politico's words] “asked his Washington-area employees to write ‘Come Together’ on each customer cup today, tomorrow and Friday, as a gesture to urge leaders to resolve the fiscal cliff”? Did Schultz take a poll of his employees–sorry, “partners,” he calls them–before ordering pressuring asking them to join in this lobbying effort? What if he were, say, the CEO of Chick-fil-A and he “asked” his “partners” to write “Preserve the Family” on the outside of cups and containers?

But this is a bland, uplifting message, you say, like “peace” and “love.” Not that bland. Schultz says he’s moved to act because

our elected officials in Washington D.C. have been unable to come together and compromise to solve the tremendously important, time-sensitive issue to fix the national debt

“Fixing the debt” is hardly an uncontroversial imperative. There are, for example, economists who object to the “austerity” it requires. (Schultz could order baristas to write “F–k Krugman” on their cups–now that might have some impact.) There are also activists on both sides who argue, with varying degrees of sincerity, that going over the “fiscal cliff”– the “time-sensitive” part Schultz mentions– is better than “coming together” on one of the deals that’s being talked about. There are even those who note that going over the cliff is a way to “fix the debt,” since the “cliff” is made up of tax increases and spending cuts.

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  1. Buffalobob

    December 27th, 2012

    Did Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz force his workers to work on Christmas eve and Christmas? How about Quanza? and why is Quantza not in my Google spell checker/ racist?

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  2. CrustyB

    December 27th, 2012

    Decades from now, schoolchildren will learn how the Great Fiscal Cliff of 2012 was averted because the CEO of Starbucks suggested something really gay.

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  3. Three Rivers

    December 27th, 2012

    Good grief, is this what it’s come to? There’s not enough news worthy crap going on so Starbucks hits prime time.

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  4. Stranded in Sonoma

    December 27th, 2012

    I don’t know if Starbucks is a cult, but it sure is run by a bunch of douchebags.

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  5. wildman

    December 27th, 2012

    Not to worry howard. The bozos in washington will still have their great paychecks, health insurance and government pensions enough to buy your over priced swill. The rest of us however, wont have a dime because all of it will go to the vampires that infest the dc area and suck the life and blood out of the rest of the nation.

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  6. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    December 27th, 2012

    Anybody willing to pay $4-6 for a CUP OF COFFEE deserves what he/she gets, including the forced “I’m gay” message.

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  7. AbigailAdams

    December 27th, 2012

    I consulted with sbux in the ’90s and Shultz keeps his “partners” on a part time basis to avoid benes. The company had a “mission statement” that required everyone to be super nice to their work colleagues which resulted in a Stepford work force in which legitimate annoyances and grievances were driven underground. Very dysfunctional work place. One of their senior IT managers wound up in an extensive anger management program and one of the senior financial people was arrested for embezzlement.

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  8. AbigailAdams

    December 27th, 2012

    answer: Yes, it is a cult. Cafe Society made up of low wage workers who think it’s rocket science to remember a regular’s regular drink. And regulars who behave like basement dwellers, taking up expensive real estate all day in their slippers (who knows what they have to look at all day on the internet). Their product is overpriced.

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  9. Stranded in Sonoma

    December 27th, 2012

    @Buffalobob — It is spelled Kwanzaa. I know it is phony and racist but we should be tolerant (because heaven knows, the liberals aren’t) of what people feel. >:P

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  10. Tim

    December 27th, 2012

    Never been to a Starbucks.

    Couldn’t see the point of paying the price of 2 lbs of Folger’s for a cup of mud.

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