Skip to comments.#ThrowbackThursday: Life Was Better When We Drank Either Coke or Pepsi
Posted on 04/19/2018 7:57:10 AM PDT by NOBO2012
Here are the facts: Two black real estate agents walk into a Starbucks trigger warning! Racism ahead!
They are waiting to meet a (white) real estate developer isnt it just like a white guy to disrespect a couple of black men by being late and they arent going to order anything until he arrived to pick up the tab.
They were planning to eff with the barista by ordering a couple of Flat Whites
One of the (black) men asked for the key to the restroom while waiting and was denied because a) company policy states restrooms are for customers only and b) they havent purchased anything. I dont blame them; Starbucks is well known for serving overpriced sugar bombs with a shot of burnt coffee bean espresso. Still, you know: no shirt, no shoes, no service. That of course was before the enlightened age of Obama when anybody, anywhere, at any time can be accused, prosecuted and convicted of being a racist faster than you can say Rainbow Coalition. Now days you better think twice before denying anyone anything.
So when the men were asked to leave because a) they still hadnt purchased anything and b) they were taking up a table that paying customers might want to occupy they refused and you know the rest of the drill: police were called, arrests ensued, racism charged, tempers flare, CEOs apologize. And now the entire chain will close down for a half day in May in order that 175, 000 employees can be re-educated on the assumed inherent, implicit, unconscious racism that is latent in their hearts.
The mandatory training will be conducted by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and a contingent of luminaries from the Equal Justice Initiative, NAACP and Anti-Defamation League all of whom will remain on retainer following the re-education camp in order to review and monitor the effectiveness of the measures Starbucks will put in place. I assume those measures will include, as they always did with Jesse Jacksons Rainbow Coalition, generous donations to the above agencies which fight so hard to ensure that other businesses also implement measures to ensure racial and social justice in their communities.
Starbucks is a slow learner however. Remember the last time this same Philadelphia Starbucks store had a story about refusing restroom access to a non-paying customer? In that incident the person denied was a uniformed police officer - presumably white as no massive retraining program to educate staff on their inherent police bias was rolled out. That was way back in 2015; the exact date was 9/11 which you would think would have been a bad day to dis first responders.
For the record, in the current Starbucks incident Philadelphia's police commissioner Richard Ross (black, not that it matters unless youre keeping track) said that his officers did absolutely nothing wrong in making the arrests. That did not dissuade Starbucks from apologizing and launching the company wide racial sensitivity retraining initiative.
"The company's founding values are based on humanity and inclusion," said executive chairman Howard Schultz, who joined Johnson and other senior Starbucks leaders in Philadelphia to meet with community leaders and Starbucks partners. "We will learn from our mistakes and reaffirm our commitment to creating a safe and welcoming environment for every customer."
Because Howard Schultz has examined his conscience and found the chain he founded to be guilty: guilty of serving coffee while white.
Life was a lot simpler when we had malt shops instead of Starbucks and everybody drank either Pepsi or Coke.
Ironic isnt it: when the world was black and white we didnt seem to have all these issues.
Posted from: MOTUS A.D.
And coffee was either black, decaffeinated, or with/without cream and sugar.
Well, my late father drank RC Cola.
Many people where I live drink A-Treat now that it’s gone back into production, too.
If I ever buy cola, I go for the generic store brand too.
While Starbucks is reacting to the desires of a few, how about making them go American-large medium and small on the cup sizes too! I have never been to Portugal or Brazil. I don’t need their cup sizes.
Drink a Mexican coke (why are Mehicans making tastier cokes than Mericans?)
(cane sugar v high fructose)
Back around 1990 my company sent us all to diversity training put on by the ADL. Those things are as effective with adult human beings as a class given to illegal Mexicans in California to teach them to love Trump’s policies.
They are an exercise in futility and, further, are insulting. They ignore our humanity.
And that is basically what I told them back then, but in a way that wouldn’t get me fired.
Radical here drinking tea and having a preference for Dr. Pepper.
As for the “black” guys, it’s proper etiquette to buy something if you’re using the restroom and taking up seating space. Either they’re that stupid or their mamas didn’t teach them manners.
Agree on cheaper generic brands. Why throw money at nothing but a trademark?
In addition, I'm going through the novel I'm writing, and changing all the references to Starbucks to something else. My characters can find somewhere else to get a cup of coffee.
HEB grocery stores are now making some of their store brand sodas with cane sugar. The taste is night and day for those who are too young to remember the original taste.
I start every day with about 3/4 of a pot of folgers. Black. Then move to diet coke around lunch time.
Then move to diet coke around lunch time.
Diet sodas dont work. The only people you see drinking them are fat people!
I’m not fat!! Not at all
It was a joke! Nothing personal!!
I love Cherry RC.
This episode (among many others like it) reminds me of a scene in the Battle of the Planet of the Apes (1973). In the scene, the character played by Paul Willaims says:
“You have spoken the unspeakable. In our years of slavery to man, the word “NO” was the one word we were conditioned to fear. Ceasar has forbidden its use in perpetuity. An ape may say “NO” to a human, but a human may never again say “NO” to an ape.”
Modify that line a little bit, and it is where we are headed.
When you ate in O'Neils, you asked for a "coke" with your burger. O'Neil gave you Pepsi.
Then Coca Cola came in and sued O'Neil for depriving Coca Cola of potential profits because when customers asked for their product, he substituted Pepsi.
They had deep pockets. He didn't. He shut down.
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