Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) is once again the focus of President Donald Trump’s supporters after its CEO Howard Schultz announced on Sunday the chain will hire thousands of refugees and displaced immigrants both in the U.S. and around the globe.
“We are developing plans to hire 10,000 of them over five years in the 75 countries around the world where Starbucks does business,” Schultz said. “And we will start this effort here in the U.S. by making the initial focus of our hiring efforts on those individuals who have served with U.S. troops as interpreters and support personnel in the various countries where our military has asked for such support.”
Starbucks Boycott Over Hiring Refugees
However, Schultz’s intentions were met with resistance, especially by Trump supporters.
Lets #boycottStarbucks because this idea is so smart.I will buy my #trumpcup pic.twitter.com/Al7lrTS64c
— Uncommon ? (@uncommonIG) January 30, 2017
They even called for a boycott of the coffee chain, and began tweeting with the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks.
Anyone else sick of @Starbucks CEO’s pushing HIS political agenda through our coffee and down our throats?#BoycottStarbucks pic.twitter.com/t0sz2f3qTR
— Missouri 4 TRUMP ! (@Johnatsrs1949) January 31, 2017
Some were outraged that Starbucks would hire refugees instead of Americans.
#BoycottStarbucks I did not serve in the military for 5 years so Starbucks can hire refugees and not American workers. Bad move
— dominick soldano (@dvs11965) February 1, 2017
And while Trump supporters bashed Schultz, those of contrary opinion started supporting the move.
Republicans 6 months ago: Go to starbucks, and write trump on cup. #TrumpCup Republicans today: #BoycottStarbucks Haven’t got any smarter.
— Joseph O’Conner (@gojo_pixar) January 30, 2017
And they even came up with a new hashtag: #DrinkStarbucks.
What boycott? ? #DrinkStarbucks pic.twitter.com/qCsMUCqvPT
— Loves2Read (@MarciaPoulson) February 1, 2017
While others concluded:
There is a #boycottStarbucks going around because they’re pledging to hire refugees, you know what that means? time to get some Starbucks
— Shafeeq Younus (@Y2SHAF) January 30, 2017
This one in particular might catch the small business community’s eye.
Why would a coffee shop get political and risk losing half of their business? STUPID! @Starbucks #boycottstarbucks BUY @DunkinDonuts #MAGA
— Lori Hendry (@Lrihendry) January 31, 2017
Clearly, one of the topics that businesses need to stay away from is divisive political opinions. While Schultz certainly may have good intentions, it is clear that his ideas are causing more divisions that might eventually end up hurting the brand’s business.
Starbucks Photo via Shutterstock
I will vote with my pocketbook and pay a visit to Starbucks.
I don’t like boycotts usually since innocent workers are effected. The left needs to be educated on what dangers we are facing. Learn about Islam, Sharia law, how they can lie and deceive to achieve a purpose, and how the religion and their government are one. How can democracy survive if it is taken over with Sharia law? They can conquer by peace (just populating) or by the sword or both.