Starbucks follow through with promise to shut down stores after increase in crime, but really, they blame racism


NEW ORLEANS, LA – While it has not officially been established that Starbucks, as a corporation, has supported the defund movement, it is well documented that numerous Starbucks employees have taken a solid anti-cop stance.

Now Starbucks is closing stores and people are losing their jobs in numerous cities around the country, thanks to an increase in crime that can, in part, be attributed to the defunding of police departments.

New Orleans, which has a shortage of 500 officers, is the current US murder capital with 52 murders per 100,000 people. That per capita rate surpasses even Chicago and their daily totals of violent crime.

One of the most popular locations in the Big Easy is now set to close on October 3rd.

Company spokesman Sam Jeffries addressed the closing but did not waste the opportunity to remind everyone just how woke the coffee giant is.

“Challenges to personal safety and security, racism, a growing mental health crisis, and issues magnified by COVID are challenges playing out within our stores.”

Wait. Really?

Racism is to blame for Starbucks closing a store in New Orleans? Black people comprise 60% of the population.

Surely Jeffries misspoke, right?

No. Actually he was doubling down on previous statements by the company.

In July, a group of senior VPs said that they were “seeing firsthand the challenges facing our communities — personal safety, racism, lack of access to healthcare, a growing mental health crisis, rising drug use, and more.”

And as such, Interim CEO Howard Schulz said shutting down 16 stores was just the beginning.

“We are beginning to close stores because of safety issues. This is just the beginning. There are going to be many more.”

You can’t make this stuff up. Even the UK’s Daily Mail recognized that this is just more posturing by Starbucks.

“Starbucks says it is closing down one of its New Orleans cafes due to racism – but hasn’t offered any further explanation as to why.”

And just in case racism wasn’t a good enough reason to shut down stores for safety reasons, they also threw out mental health issues, lack of health care and COVID.

But didn’t the President of the United States just tell 60 Minutes that the pandemic is over? So, why would they blame COVID?

And what does healthcare have to do with coffee?

And didn’t Starbucks create a policy that stores could not ask homeless people to leave, even if they weren’t ordering something?

According to Fox Business, other Canal Street businesses are not closing. In fact, other coffee shops in the area are booming.

Makes you wonder if this has anything to do with stores unionizing, given that the corporation is against it, but 200 stores have voted to do so anyway.

Woke Starbucks set to close a total of 16 stores, five in Seattle alone, citing high crime and drugs

SEATTLE, WA – A company spokesperson for Starbucks confirmed to FOX 13 that five of its stores across Seattle, predominately in areas with high crime, will be permanently closing.

The Starbucks at the following locations in Seattle will permanently close:

Roosevelt (6417 Roosevelt Way NE);
Central District (2300 S. Jackson Street);
International District (505 5th Ave. S.);
Capitol Hill (1600 E. Olive Way); and
Westlake Center (400 Pine St)

All of these locations will close on July 31st and according to the company, the driving factor in this decision stems from the number of crime-related complaints that have been filed at each location, either by employees or customers.

In a letter to Starbucks partners on creating a “safe, welcoming and kind third place,” senior vice presidents of U.S. operations Debbie Stroud and Denise Nelson, said:

“You’re also seeing firsthand the challenges facing our communities – personal safety, racism, lack of access to healthcare, a growing mental health crisis, rising drug use, and more. With stores in thousands of communities across the country, we know these challenges, can at times, play out within our stores too. We read every incident report you file – it’s a lot.”

The company said that those who currently work in the closing stores can be assigned to neighboring locations if they choose.

The Seattle Times reported that those individuals who currently work at the Union Station and E. Olive Way locations, the two stores that are unionized, will continue to receive union representation if their new store is also unionized.

Starbucks also announced that it would be closing additional stores across the country due to safety concerns. The company plans to close a total of 16 stores, five of which are the ones located in Seattle. Starbucks interim CEO Howard Schultz wrote to the employees:

“Today, we find ourselves in a position where we must modernize and transform the Starbucks experience in our stores and recreate an environment that is relevant, welcoming and safe, and where we uplift one another with dignity, respect and kindness. We need to reinvent Starbucks for the future and to be successful, it will take our collective courage to begin again.”

One employee, Erin Bray, who works at the Union Station location in Seattle, said that she asked for more security, including guards in the cafe lobby. Bray’s concerns stem from assaults that have occurred in the lobby.

Starbucks claimed that there is a full-time security guard at Union Station, with an additional security support worker at time. The company stated that the cafe’s hours were also adjusted for safety and the store is closed on weekends.

Bray contested that, saying additional security was not hired, but that workers generally felt safe and never thought they needed to permanently close the store.  After learning that her store would be closing, Bray added, “I just feel helpless.”

Schultz said that the company has been considering close cafe bathrooms to the public in response, however, instead of a companywide policy, individual store managers can decide if bathrooms will remain open to the public.

According to the coffee company, store layouts will be rearranged, and new front-line workers will be trained on how to deal with active shooters and on how to use conflict de-escalation. Workers will also receive more mental health benefits as they deal with difficult safety situations.

The current Starbucks is not built for the future, said Camille Hymes, vice president of U.S. Community Impact. Hymes added:

“Consumer demands have changed. We recognize the external environment has changed, so we’re responding to that with urgency.”

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Police-bashing, ultra-woke Starbucks fighting to suspend mail-in union election to block unionization

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SEATTLE, WA- Anyone paying attention knows the Biden administration appears to be squarely in the pockets of labor unions. Not all of them mind you (see Keystone XL Pipeline pipefitters) but overall, they owe the AFL-CIO and are making sure to pay them back for their substantial financial support.

Now Starbucks, which would be the last company you would think of that the government would be messing with, one of the wokest of the woke, has filed a complaint asking the chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to suspend all mail-in union elections, Fox Business reports.

The development comes as they coffee chain says that labor board personnel “engaged in misconduct with union representatives to tip elections in their favor,” the outlet reported.

Starbucks has become a target for union organizing efforts, and those efforts have apparently gained the attention of radical leftists who are looking to expand the reach and influence of labor unions nationwide after years of dwindling union membership.

According to a letter sent to the chairman and general counsel of the NLRB, Starbucks wrote they have become aware based on a tip from an NLRB career professional acting in the capacity of a whistleblower.

That individual says that labor board officials in Kansas City and “elsewhere engaged in highly improper, systemic misconduct” in union certification elections between Starbucks and Workers United, which has been attempting to organize Starbucks workers since last December.

According to the source, they claimed board officials had engaged in secret discussions with union officials to arrange a scheme where in-person voting would take place at labor board offices during NLRB-ordered “mail-ballot” elections, the letter read.

Moreover, labor board officials are alleged to have given union reps confidential information regarding specific vote counts that “enabled the union to target and influence employees who have not yet voted,” Starbucks contends.

Furthermore, the company alleged that board officials had “disenfranchised employees,” or partners who “were not given the same opportunity to cast in-person votes, collaborated with union representatives to ‘cover up this misbehavior’ and increase the number of pro-union votes to the outcome of elections,” Fox Business said.

The whistleblower told Starbucks of the existence of documents and emails exchanged between board officials and union representatives showing evidence of misconduct at the Overland Park store in Kansas City, MO.

Starbucks said that the documents showed that “board personnel have secretly colluded with the Union to affect multiple stages” of the organizing process, including “providing, returning and counting of ballots.”

“The purpose of this misconduct was to tip-the-scale in order to deliver the outcome sought by the Union,” Starbucks wrote. “The result of the misconduct was to ignore—and bypass—the actual sentiments that Starbucks partners may have expressed in properly conducted elections.”

The coffee giant said it had also been notified that such misconduct occurred in other labor board regions in cases between Workers United and Starbucks.

The company is now seeking “all current, pending and future mail ballot elections be suspended until there has been a through investigation from NLRB Inspector General David Berry.”

The company also said “the outcome [must be] made public, and safeguards to prevent future misconduct [must be] implemented.”

Starbucks is also asking the IG conduct audits about other unusual occurrences occurring throughout the country in other cases involving the company.

Thus far, over 220 Starbucks have voted to unionize because you know, making coffee is tough. The company has come out in opposition to the efforts.

Fox Business said they reached out to the National Labor Relations Board, however spokeswoman Kayla Blado said the board “does not comment” on open cases.

She further said the “agency has well-established processes to raise challenges regarding the handling of both election matters and unfair labor practice cases” and that “those challenges should be raised in filings specific to the particular matters in question.”

Blado continued that the NLRB’s regional staff and board “will carefully and objectively consider any challenges raised through these established channels, which include opportunities to seek expedited review in both representation and unfair labor practice cases.”

It should be noted that labor unions in particular have been strong advocates for mail-in balloting nationwide in the election process for government officials. Now maybe we can see why.

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