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Starbucks CEO tells shareholder to sell his shares if he doesn’t like gay ‘marriage’
Life Site News ^ | 3/26/2013 | Thaddeus Baklinski

Posted on 03/27/2013 4:54:30 AM PDT by IbJensen

SEATTLE, Washington, March 26, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - At the annual Starbucks shareholder's meeting in Seattle last week, company CEO Howard Shultz told a shareholder that he should buy stocks in other coffee businesses if he didn't like Starbucks’ endorsement of same-sex "marriage."

Shareholder Tom Strobhar had pointed to what he argued was a significant drop in sales following a boycott launched by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) protesting Starbucks’ support of homosexual "marriage" in Washington state.

"In the first full quarter after this boycott was announced, our sales and our earnings, shall we say politely, were a bit disappointing," said Strobhar according to a ChristianNews.net report.

Strobhar questioned whether it was a prudent business move for Starbucks to risk share value by supporting gay "marriage."

According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, Schultz, after interrupting Strobhar twice by asking “What is your question?” told the shareholders, “Not every decision is an economic decision.”

Click "like" if you want to defend true marriage.

“The lens we use to make decisions is the lens of our people. We want to embrace diversity,” Schultz said. He then told Strobhar, “If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38% you got last year, it's a free country. You can sell your shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much."

The National Organization for Marriage has urged customers to "Dump Starbucks," over its corporate-wide position that the definition of marriage between one man and one woman should be eliminated and that same-sex "marriage" should become equally "normal."

"As such, Starbucks has deeply offended at least half its US customers, and the vast majority of its international customers," the group states. The group also says, "In many areas of the world where Starbucks does business, the concept of 'gay marriage' is unheard of and deeply offensive to cultural, moral and religious values.

"In taking these actions, Starbucks has declared a culture war on all people of faith (and millions of others) who believe that the institution of marriage as one man and one woman is worth preserving."

The boycott campaign's petition against Starbucks has been signed by over 57,000 individuals.

"Starbucks is using its resources to invalidate traditional marriage in the US and redefine the institution of marriage despite the strongly held views of so many of its customers, including me," the petition states. "Therefore, I will no longer purchase anything from Starbucks until you change your corporate values to be more reflective of my own."

The American Family Association (AFA) also encourages coffee drinkers to no longer support Starbucks but take their business elsewhere. They also asked customers to let Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz know they don't agree with his company's aggressive attempts to re-define marriage.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: boycott; coffee; coffeeandsodomy; homosexualmarriage; starbucks
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Why can't Starbucks just be about coffee? Unless it's specifically an organization for a politically evil cause, there should be no mention of anything other than the product they are selling. Homosexual marriage isn't about politics; it''s about sinful copulation by sodomists and this is what Starbucks stands firmly 'behind'.

Starbucks is clearly standing with those who worship the anus. I can only hope they drown in their coffee!

Chic-fil-A sells coffee.

1 posted on 03/27/2013 4:54:30 AM PDT by IbJensen
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Not that I know what it tastes like, but I never understood how starbucks got so popular selling coffee that tastes like burnt shit.

More amazing ... people in America wanting and willing to pay three times as much for a cup of it.

2 posted on 03/27/2013 4:59:54 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: IbJensen

I didn’t read your post before posting my reply, but I see now why starbucks coffee tastes like shit.


3 posted on 03/27/2013 5:01:15 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: IbJensen

I don’t buy their coffee because I hate it, but this just gives me another reason to not drink it.


4 posted on 03/27/2013 5:01:25 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: knarf

People should talk with their dollars. Do not buy Starbucks!!

DO NOT BUY STARBUCKS!!!


5 posted on 03/27/2013 5:02:11 AM PDT by shankbear (The tree of Liberty appears to be perishing because there are few patriots willing to refresh it.)
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To: IbJensen

For the life of me, I don’t understand why any company takes any political position on anything. They are in business to sell their product or service...nothing more. It seems extremely dumb to me.


6 posted on 03/27/2013 5:02:12 AM PDT by OldPossum
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To: IbJensen

Starbucks recently initiated a new corporate strategy, purcasing Central or South American coffee growing plantations. Makes me think of Harry Belifonte’s “DAY-O!” Starbucks will soon face some harsh realities.


7 posted on 03/27/2013 5:04:24 AM PDT by Tugo (Stand firm in the Faith.. HE LIVES!!)
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To: IbJensen

It strikes me as totally stupid to put ones business in jeopardy over this issue.

What cards does this guy have in the deck?


8 posted on 03/27/2013 5:11:04 AM PDT by WCH
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To: knarf

The sodomists apparently rinse their dipsticks in the brew.


9 posted on 03/27/2013 5:11:12 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: WCH

BTW: Starbucks is the worst tasting coffee I’ve ever encountered. I fail to see the appeal.


10 posted on 03/27/2013 5:12:27 AM PDT by WCH
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To: WCH

Starbucks: tastes like ass smells.


11 posted on 03/27/2013 5:13:34 AM PDT by WCH
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To: IbJensen

I love Starbucks. My wife buys it at the grocery and I have it every morning. Never again, and that’s a promise. I plan on boxing up my remaining coffee and shipping to HQ in protest. Does anyone know of a coffee that equals it in flavor? I’m a black coffee only guy. Er uh African american


12 posted on 03/27/2013 5:13:52 AM PDT by albie (s)
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To: knarf

“I never understood how starbucks got so popular selling coffee that tastes like burnt s***.”

LOL! And pay some snooty barista $4.00 a cup for it.

McDonalds’ & Dunkin Donuts’ coffee has Starburps skinned a mile.


13 posted on 03/27/2013 5:14:35 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: WCH

I don’t care for Starbucks coffee (actually had it maybe only once, but it is hard for me to drink it at their prices, even if someone else is paying) and I don’t support redefining marriage, BUT, it is their corporation and they are free to take positions that hurt their profits. I agree with Starbucks— if you don’t like their practices, sell your shares.


14 posted on 03/27/2013 5:15:04 AM PDT by NCLaw441
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To: IbJensen

Dunkin’ Donuts’ coffee is far better anyway. No loss.


15 posted on 03/27/2013 5:15:04 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: knarf

I have a lot of friends that don’t like their coffee but love their latte’s and other drinks. However, they are now dead to me and, I hope, all my facebook friends who see the link to this article on my timeline.


16 posted on 03/27/2013 5:17:07 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: shankbear

People should talk with their dollars. Do not buy Starbucks!!


I learned in business 101 that when you purchase a product you are “voting for it”. It’s why I take things like this very seriously. On a related note, the same issue is what caused me to discover Chick-fil-a. I don’t do fast food much, but now when I do it is the only one I use.


17 posted on 03/27/2013 5:18:52 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: ScottinVA

And most owners are the pleasant, smiling Punjabi.

(Just ask Joe Biten)


18 posted on 03/27/2013 5:19:12 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: IbJensen

I’ve never had starbucks coffee. I’m one of those silly people that thinks its retarded to pay $4.00 for a cup of coffee beverage. And I don’t buy water either. I make really great coffee at home and work, and at home I have my own well in an area that has numerous big springs, and my water comes straight out of the artesian auquifer. But if I had shares, I’d sell, and if I bought their coffee, I’d stop.


19 posted on 03/27/2013 5:19:33 AM PDT by ZX12R
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To: albie

May I suggest a nice store bought brand and a French press for your coffee? It’s easy and your will produce a wonderfully, uniformly excellent cup of coffee. Cheers and enjoy...


20 posted on 03/27/2013 5:22:07 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: IbJensen

Gee, and isn’t it strange that the media pounded the owner of Chick-Filet -A as being a bigot for his conservative family values and Christian life?


21 posted on 03/27/2013 5:23:07 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Media has a one-tract pro-anus worshipping mindset. They have to be disciples of satan as they’re behind every evil thing that befalls this nation. As such they’re proven enemies of the Republic!


22 posted on 03/27/2013 5:25:47 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: IbJensen

In a sense, he’s right. If you don’t like what the company is doing, sell your shares. I also agree that companies should not spend shareholder money on supporting certain causes but it happens all the time in less controversial areas. And, if somehow supporting gay marriage increased Starbucks sales, he has a justification for doing it.

As long as government pressure is not involved, this is a purely private matter and the market will decide whether this is a good idea or not. Personally, I’ve been to a Starbucks two or three times in my life and don’t plan on going back.


23 posted on 03/27/2013 5:25:57 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: IbJensen

This is exactly why companies and public figures should stay out of politics. All they can accomplish is pissing off half of their shareholders / fans.

Can you imagine a CEO telling people not to invest in his company? Unbelievable. Liberalism > capitalism to that guy


24 posted on 03/27/2013 5:27:18 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act - Orwell)
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To: albie

Try Bustelo. You’ll love it.


25 posted on 03/27/2013 5:27:21 AM PDT by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: ScottinVA
"Dunkin’ Donuts’ coffee is far better anyway. No loss."

Agree.

We buy it by the bag and grind if fresh.

26 posted on 03/27/2013 5:27:31 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: shankbear

Starbucks doesn’t want my money? Ok, I can live with that!


27 posted on 03/27/2013 5:30:04 AM PDT by JaguarXKE (Welcome to the new America.)
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To: WCH

Homosexuals are a winnowing fork, maybe THE winnowing fork for the end times.
The wheat and chaff are being separated with this issue as the primary tool.

This is not just about his business, and he probably doesn’t even realize it.


28 posted on 03/27/2013 5:30:06 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: OldPossum

Corporations are faceless, non-people when it comes to political donations. In fact, liberals believe such donations should be heavily restricted / shouldn’t be allowed to donate at all. (McCain-Feingold)

Of course, liberals are fine with companies taking a stand and actively encourage CEOs to do so as soon as a CEO supports a liberal cause.

See how the game is played?


29 posted on 03/27/2013 5:32:24 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act - Orwell)
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To: albie
The best IMHO is Eight O’Clock. At one time it was the store brand for the now defunct A&P supermarket chain, but it has made a comeback. Target I know carries it, and you can even buy it online from Amazon (and not expensive either).
30 posted on 03/27/2013 5:33:47 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: NCLaw441

Actually, I would say that if you don’t like their social policies, VOTE your shares.


31 posted on 03/27/2013 5:36:35 AM PDT by MortMan (Disarming the sheep only emboldens the wolves.)
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To: Salvavida

Is Bustelo rich and bold? That’s what I like about Starbucks. I can’t even taste Maxwell House, Fulgers etc.


32 posted on 03/27/2013 5:37:47 AM PDT by albie (s)
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To: NCLaw441

Dixie Chick um.


33 posted on 03/27/2013 5:40:23 AM PDT by WCH
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To: albie
Have you tried Dunkin Donuts coffee? You can buy it at the grocery store. I drink my coffee black too and like Dunkin Donuts (no aftertaste), but I usually buy cheap coffee myself. Kroger does it for me.
34 posted on 03/27/2013 5:43:13 AM PDT by FR_addict
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To: IbJensen

Starbucks or Starbutts?


35 posted on 03/27/2013 5:43:27 AM PDT by Third Person (Do the Strandski!)
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To: knarf

Exactly.

Its just hipster coffee.
The ones I see walking around this building holding Starbucks coffee are the most pretentious individuals that work here thourghout the day.
Most people who drink the regular coffee from the coffemaker here keep their cup on their desk. The pretentious hipsters that drink Starbucks carry their cup around with them half the day. Sometimes its nearly empty and cold but they still carry it around. I don’t carry my plain white styrofaom cup around all day.


36 posted on 03/27/2013 5:48:15 AM PDT by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!!)
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Starbutts is the worst smelling coffee. UGH.. makes my stomach hurt. I remember when I was The Del, in Coranado CA... getting ready for a walk to the spa, one early morning..looking for coffee.. and the coffee shop in the lobby area sells Startbutts. There was a woman in front of me, in line, who was very vocal about the horrible stink of Starbutts coffee. And I had to agree with her. We had the lady get us some coffee from Room Service instead of drink that garbage. YUCK!


37 posted on 03/27/2013 5:48:40 AM PDT by Truth2012
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To: Tugo

Chick-fil-la enjoyed RECORD sales for weeks after standing behind traditional marriage.

Is this guy blind or something? I would fire him.

NO successful CEO.
NONE.
I mean NONE... NO CEO makes decisions based on emotion. Its never ever ever ever personal for a successful CEO. EVER.
Its strickly business. This guy’s days are numbered.


38 posted on 03/27/2013 5:56:09 AM PDT by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!!)
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To: IbJensen
I had to go to a Starbucks for an interview. I don't know if this is true of all their stores, but in this one, I felt like I was in the barroom from Star Wars. The customers seemed to be going out of their way to look as bizarre as possible.
If that is the kind of person they wish to cater to, that is their right. But those people are few and far between.
39 posted on 03/27/2013 6:01:56 AM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: IbJensen

He shot himself in the foot, now he’s asking for more ammo for the other one.


40 posted on 03/27/2013 6:02:14 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: envisio

In order for him to be removed, those with the power to remove him would have to want to remove him,

which means that they would have to value business decisions over this issue.

I may be wrong, but I’m betting they don’t. They wouldn’t admit it, but it’s probably worth it to them to go bankrupt over this issue.


41 posted on 03/27/2013 6:05:17 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: IbJensen

I had Barstucks coffee twice. The first and last time in the same cup.


42 posted on 03/27/2013 6:09:54 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (For Jay Carney - I heard your birth certificate is an apology from the condom factory.)
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To: albie

8 a’clock coffee, Columbian (beans, if you grind your own) is good!


43 posted on 03/27/2013 6:15:18 AM PDT by RunnerMom
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To: IbJensen

I guess sales at Dunkin Donuts will increase.


44 posted on 03/27/2013 6:23:11 AM PDT by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: IbJensen

i wonder what would happen if pro-marriage people ended up with a majority of starbucks shares... just askin’


45 posted on 03/27/2013 6:54:10 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: envisio

Like Lumbergh in Office Space


46 posted on 03/27/2013 6:58:53 AM PDT by lone star annie
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To: IbJensen

Shultz’s advice to sell shares is sound, since, Starbucks cannot prosper selling only to fags.


47 posted on 03/27/2013 6:59:26 AM PDT by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: albie
I love Starbucks. My wife buys it at the grocery and I have it every morning. Never again, and that’s a promise. I plan on boxing up my remaining coffee and shipping to HQ in protest. Does anyone know of a coffee that equals it in flavor? I’m a black coffee only guy. Er uh African american

I've always liked their coffees. It's not burnt to me at all, but merely dark-roasted and strong with no bitterness. My wife and I buy beans which we grind ourselves. I have to drink mainly decaf and they pissed me off by discontinuing Verona decaf. Now I seldom buy any of their coffees. I get decaf Italian Roast beans at Cost Plus world Market now.

48 posted on 03/27/2013 7:02:56 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Sans-Culotte

Gevalia! Beats every other brand, hands down. Peets is also very good.


49 posted on 03/27/2013 7:03:56 AM PDT by CityCenter (No matter how good your PR is, you can't outsmart the truth.)
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To: IbJensen

Isn’t it the people boycotting it that are making the fuss?


50 posted on 03/27/2013 7:18:43 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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