Skip to comments.Starbucks CEO: We support marriage equality, and if you donít like it, sell your stock
Posted on 03/21/2013 7:17:53 PM PDT by Fzob
Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz on Wednesday defended the companys decision to support marriage equality, and told investors that if they werent on board, they could sell their stock and go elsewhere.
Howard Schultz Last year, the Seattle-based company announced its support for legalizing same-sex marriage in Washington state, prompting opponents of the measure notably the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage to launch a boycott of Starbucks.
At the companys annual meeting Wednesday, shareholder Tom Strobhar described Starbucks first-quarter performance as disappointing, and suggested that was due in part to the boycott.
In the first fill quarter after this boycott was announced, our sales and our earrings shall we say politely were a bit disappointing, Strobhar said.
Unfazed, Schultz replied that the companys decision to support marriage equality was not the bottom line, but about respecting diversity, reported KPLU.
Yet one more good reason not to spend money there.
I would take them up on their suggestion except I have no stock. I would boycott them but there are none around here.
Even if they were in this area they are too high for me.
I guess the only thing I can do is to suggest to anyone I know who might have stock, to sell it and not go anywhere near their business.
I am no stock holder, but I will not spend money there.
I stopped going there. Let’s put them out of business.
So, when do they come out in support of plural marriage, consanguineous marriage, or inter species marriage in the name of “equality?”
Their coffee tastes like sour ass. How appropriate.
couldnt put it better. I stopped drinking their over priced...burnt coffee years ago...figure ive saved well over a couple thouand dollars...i roast my own...
My two reasons for not drinking Starbucks have been that it tastes like a burnt tire and is overpriced. Now I have 3 reasons not to drink it!
I hope Starbucks’ preference for misfits works out like J.C. Penneys’ did last fall; but even more so!
Their coffee tastes like crap. Now I have more reasons to never go there.
“Their coffee tastes like sour ass...”
Now how do you know what sour ass tastes like? No wait, never mind....
makes good asphault remover.
Tried Starbucks one time, never made it out of the parking lot before I tossed it.
couple weeks later, saw the patching crew working in that area.
Just go to starbucks and order 5 coffees. Politely learn of their buttfudge procreation and leave.
Hot battery acid in a cup.
He’d better start selling his stock.
You know, they have good pastries, good espresso and cappuccino
Why do they have to do this?
I watched the special on Johnny Carson recently. It was way too intrusive on his personal life, but the point is, they all said, at the end, he never NEVER revealed his political leanings.
They said, and I know, he made fun of people equally and they said no one ever even knew who he voted for.
They said, why would he want to and why would anyone want to alienate half their audience?
I guess Starbucks and all the Hollywooders think everyone will eventually give in.
Liberalism has given us destruction of marriage and family, Debt of the kind that goes in a science fiction novel, hideous education, gender confusion, rampant pornography and at least 55 million innocent people murdered through abortion, among other things.
Like the threats against the Constitution.
Speaking from experience are we ?
No Starbucks around here. We did have one near the office in NYC, but I only tried it a couple of times. Expensive, and not very good.
They do carry Starbucks coffee in our local markets, but we can buy much better coffee for less money.
So, now I have yet another reason not to touch their stuff, but I can’t stop buying what I haven’t touched for years.
At one point they included pro-homosexual slogans on their coffee cups.
And what do you expect from a company in perhaps THE most pagan city in this country?
(By that I mean Washington state has LONG had the highest dechurched rates of ANY state; and Seattle is probably the top dechurched city in Washington state)
I've been boycotting Starbucks for a long time
Did they support this 10 years ago? Were they against it that year?
I stopped doing business there years ago when they were supporting Planned Parenthood.
He recently sold 1,000,000 shares. Maybe he knows something.
Well I support Dunkin Donuts and their coffee is pretty darn good to me so Starbutts can go stuff it. I’ll go burn my own coffee beans if I get the hankering..
Why are gun owners such big fans of Starbucks? The coffee giant is pretty tolerant about gun owners, and its open-carry policy allows customers with firearms to enter its stores like any other customer. As long as youre abiding by local laws, your right to bear arms and your right to a skinny cinnamon dolce latte (no whip, no foam) are guaranteed.
It causes fear and intimidation among the public, Brian Malte of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which participated in the boycott, told NBC Washington. We dont think Starbucks customers or the public in general should have to deal with people who are obviously not uniformed police officers carrying loaded, open-carry guns in public.
(With multiples time the caffeine you'd buy with store-bought coffee...to mainline its addicts)
Get the picture?
Not surprising, I never drank Starbucks, its not that good tasting and its a ripoff.
Its for those yuppie fools who want the status of the name.
Ironically McDonalds coffee has had the best tasting coffee or those type of outlets for a fraction of the price,
it would do the shareholders a whole lot more good if Star*ucks would improve the quality of their coffee (add some flavor, maybe?)
and avoid spending corporate resources on unrelated (and very controversial, for that matter) social issues
perhaps instead of some shareholders selling out, they might make out a lot lot better if they sued for “waste of corporate resources,” etc.
What exactly is this Starbucks that they speak of? Ain’t none of them where we live. Guess I’m glad there ain’t cause I wouldn’t want to not have to go there.
The Seattle Seahawks NFL football team has also supported Planned Parenthood.
'Tis paganite Seattle...
I rarely have visited a Starbucks. And, the few times I have it’s typically been when someone else was buying or I had received a Starbucks giftcard. From now on I will not patronize their immoral company.
We don’t go there anymore either!
We FReeps just exercising our own ‘coffee equality’ rights ay? Businesses that pee off half their customers aren’t too bright but plenty arrogant.
Corporations should just shut up and focus on their products. Promoting a sodomite lifestyle is not a winning proposition.
I buy a Sumatra dark roast for $10AUD - run it through my drip coffee maker - absolute best ever taste!!!!
They screw horses, don’t they?
I try to avoid doing business with any company that supports PP. No worry about me ever supporting the Seahawks ;)
There’s only one way to know it taste like sour ads and that is to be one of those LGBT fools.
Around here, they and Dunkin Donuts are about the same price for a straight (as it were) cup of coffee. Egg-sausage-cheese sandwiches about the same price, too. They've been in heavy competitionexcept that DD coffee locally is so weak as to be undrinkable. Starbucks regular coffee can be very good, depending on the store, since staff competence varies.
But yuck, who cares. Pride is a mental disease, Howard, and I don't want to think about diseases of any kind near my coffee. These days, I grind my own, thanks.
Am on the road a lot.
McD’s coffee is very good, when it’s good. If it’s been sitting on the burner for a couple of hours, even in the morning, it’s not good. It’s bad like the coffee one gets in a fighter squadron at 3 in the afternoon, which is coffee time in Germany. Burnt.
I never frequented Starbucks because of their prices. Recently I purchased a $7.00 frother and make my own lattes for half the price. Dark French Roast, real cream, a bit of sugar or Sweet & Low and I’m set.
I used to buy Starbucks regularly. Have not spent a dime there for months now. They can stick their support for perversion.
Support their competitors
Can someone explain why this guy feels as if he has a greater fiduciary responsibility to “diversity” than to his shareholders?