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Starbucks plans to open 85 'community
stores' in poor neighborhoods -
where its lattes will cost $2.25
- to 'boost local economies'

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Posted By: Ribicon, 1/17/2020 12:56:04 PM

Starbucks is launching a pivotal expansion of their community store initiative to add dozens of coffee shops to poor neighborhoods, the company revealed on Thursday. According to a press statement, the Seattle-based coffee chain plans to open or remodel 85 stores by 2025 in various rural and urban communities across the country. Each location will hire local staff, including construction crews and artists, and will have community event spaces. Starbucks has also partnered with United Way chapters to develop programs like youth training and mentoring.(Snip) John Kelly, executive vice president of Public Affairs, described the new move as a sort of civic duty.


They either take EBT, or they want to encourage The Poor to waste what money they otherwise have on luxury coffee products. Neither is desirable, yet they congratulate their progressivism. Glad I don't have any investment in this company, so woke they don't mind going broke.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Mr. Know-It-All 1/17/2020 12:58:23 PM (No. 291028)
I would recommend short selling Starbux if you have any.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: valinva 1/17/2020 1:00:22 PM (No. 291034)
Poor people paying $2.75 for a cup of coffee when McDonalds sells it for $1 is not helpful. Liberals are just stupid.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Southron 1/17/2020 1:00:23 PM (No. 291035)
Incredibly naive!
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Reply 4 - Posted by: aasilver 1/17/2020 1:02:15 PM (No. 291037)
"so woke they don't mind going broke" is the motto for the progressives. Thanks to the poster above for a good motto.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: justavoter 1/17/2020 1:02:19 PM (No. 291038)
So now we are going to have socialized coffee shops. Serves the people right that are crazy enough to pay $8.00 for a cup of coffee
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Reply 6 - Posted by: thethirdruffian 1/17/2020 1:07:33 PM (No. 291044)
This will either being an unmitigated economic disaster or Starbucks will be accused of gentrification and putting "minority owned" stores out of business, in which case it will be an unmitigated economic disaster.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Toby Ten Bears 1/17/2020 1:07:41 PM (No. 291045)
Easy to rob.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: hurricanegirl 1/17/2020 1:08:22 PM (No. 291048)
So are they going to profile their customers? I mean, how else are they going to stop the regular $8-coffee-idiots from simply driving to the mearest "poor coffee house" and paying $2.75 instead?
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Reply 9 - Posted by: jimincalif 1/17/2020 1:09:09 PM (No. 291049)
It's easy to be cynical about this, given Starbuck's virtue-signaling track record. But It's a private business, and I would much rather see private individuals and companies take the initiative in their communities rather than having the government do it, and do it badly. We will see what happens. Private and faith-based orgs typically do a lot more for less than the government, primarily because they are willing to set standards for behavior and accountability, whereas govt just hands it out, and if anyone tries to impose any conditions, they get a judge to overrule.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: MFM 1/17/2020 1:12:17 PM (No. 291056)
Circling the drain as they trip over themselves to kill the brand. Seattle Starbuck bathrooms are nothing more than shooting galleries..NEVER ever drink their poison..
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Reply 11 - Posted by: beancounter 1/17/2020 1:16:33 PM (No. 291059)
1. He calls it a sort of civic duty. I call it a publicity stunt. 2. Will cops be welcome there? I suspect they will be there on business a lot.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: SALady 1/17/2020 1:18:23 PM (No. 291060)
They will get robbed blind by shoplifters and armed robbers, and be out of business within 6 months. But Starbucks will get to claim that they are so "woke" for having "tried" to help!!!!
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Reply 13 - Posted by: udanja99 1/17/2020 1:26:25 PM (No. 291067)
#8, that won’t happen. The $8 coffee idiots won’t want to risk their Beemers getting damaged or stolen.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: LanceLink1 1/17/2020 1:28:17 PM (No. 291069)
They. Just. Don't. Get it.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: zephyrgirl 1/17/2020 1:28:21 PM (No. 291070)
Good intentions count for everything with liberals. Unless they're going to build walk-up/carry-out stores, most of the shops will be full of the homeless in short order - shelter from the elements and free bathrooms.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: DVC 1/17/2020 1:28:45 PM (No. 291071)
LOL! McD's is $1 for a small coffee, $1.50 for a medium. Their fancy coffee's are about what Starbucks plans for their cheapo versions. I think their senior coffee is even cheaper. I spit on Starbucks, and eat in McD's when in a hurry. I don't drink coffee, but several coffee aficianado friends say McD's coffee is good stuff.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: anniebc 1/17/2020 1:37:56 PM (No. 291080)
Poor people don't drink poo-poo coffee! Does that sound stupid? Well, so does this idea. Do you think Apple will set up stores in poor hoods, and sell MacBook Pros for $100 as a civic duty?
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Reply 18 - Posted by: 68BattleofBealeVet 1/17/2020 1:46:08 PM (No. 291088)
What could go wrong?
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Reply 19 - Posted by: banal_resentive 1/17/2020 1:48:24 PM (No. 291090)
I hope the staff in these new stores will work behind armoured glass. They're going to need it.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: JediJerry 1/17/2020 1:48:54 PM (No. 291091)
As long as they allow anyone to use their bathrooms, and maybe put used syringe disposal containers in there and give free coffee to the homeless, it might help.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: cor-vet 1/17/2020 1:49:10 PM (No. 291093)
I guess it's nice of Starbucks to put public restrooms in all these poorer locations. San Francisco could use a lot of them.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: Vesicant 1/17/2020 1:55:29 PM (No. 291095)
To save money, they could leave out the espresso machines and just put in toilets. That's all they'll be anyway.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX 1/17/2020 2:03:33 PM (No. 291097)
So even those making minimum wage can now purchase overpriced bad coffee in their own neighborhoods? Brilliant!
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Reply 24 - Posted by: PlayItAgain 1/17/2020 2:18:19 PM (No. 291105)
Could you please pass the popcorn?
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Reply 25 - Posted by: Heil Liberals 1/17/2020 2:26:31 PM (No. 291111)
It will cost more than they make to keep the needles and feces cleaned up.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: FleetUSA 1/17/2020 2:59:42 PM (No. 291130)
Yep, encouraging the poor to waste their limited funds. Maybe they see this as providing free restroom facilities in poor neighborhoods.
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Reply 27 - Posted by: padiva 1/17/2020 3:05:54 PM (No. 291137)
If Starbucks can have lower prices for some stores, why not just lower the prices for all the stores. (Isn't it racist to do otherwise?)
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Reply 28 - Posted by: Sorosisbehindit 1/17/2020 3:08:18 PM (No. 291138)
So it is sort of like when they ask if you would like to donate to the food bank at the check out at the grocery store....but starbucks is not asking your permission.
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Reply 29 - Posted by: volksford 1/17/2020 3:25:32 PM (No. 291150)
More power to ya Starbucks , knock yourselves out. It's going to be interesting to watch
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Reply 30 - Posted by: bad-hair 1/17/2020 3:57:50 PM (No. 291180)
Did they not see the result of Panera's pay what you want to business model? Maybe they just need the tax write off. I'm sure the poor will be lining up to pay $2.25 for a cup of coffee. You can get one at an AA meeting for half a buck if you've got it.
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Reply 31 - Posted by: Kate318 1/17/2020 4:18:13 PM (No. 291201)
Hahaha! I guess the truly woke finally paid attention to the fact that you never find a Starbucks located in a more “challenged” neighborhood.
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Reply 32 - Posted by: Strike3 1/17/2020 4:24:33 PM (No. 291204)
They will turn into dirty, crime-ridden, free toilets for the local druggies. BAD idea. Liberals really are idiots.
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Reply 33 - Posted by: wakeupcall 1/17/2020 4:33:49 PM (No. 291208)
Well bless their little empty space between their ears. That means by 2025 there will be 1.6 Starbucks in every state if they are fair and believe in equal rights for all. Otherwise it proves Starbucks is just hustlers playing the divide and conquer game with the American people. Everybody who partakes of Starbucks, of which I am not one for I am not a fool, should, if there is 1.7 stores in your area say within 50 miles, you should put on some everyday old clothes each day and partake of their $2,25 deal. Then proceed to work or wherever.
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Reply 34 - Posted by: bad-hair 1/17/2020 4:48:31 PM (No. 291218)
Too much work 33. My favorite coffee, freshly ground on the spot at home cost 75 cents a POT cream extra. And I don't have to drive anywhere.
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Reply 35 - Posted by: Lawsy0 1/17/2020 5:01:35 PM (No. 291227)
Can those intended customers us their EBT cards for macchiato latte cappuccinos.
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Reply 36 - Posted by: unionriverman2316 1/17/2020 7:22:11 PM (No. 291302)
I. Think Starbucks should build stores in SF and let the homeless live in them . the homeless would have a nice place to shoot up and could probably be trained to use the bathroom the same way I train dogs.
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Reply 37 - Posted by: erobot 1/17/2020 8:01:24 PM (No. 291316)
This should be fun.
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Reply 38 - Posted by: proactus 1/17/2020 8:36:31 PM (No. 291333)
In the spirit of George W. Bush and Micheal Gershon. Isn’t this a result of the “soft percolating bigotry of low expectations?”
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Reply 39 - Posted by: Tet Vet 68 1/17/2020 8:48:41 PM (No. 291341)
Let me say how this will work: The rest of the country will pay $6.00 for their latte to cover the shortfall for the poor customer Starbuck's. Pretty soon Starbucks you will run out of other peoples money. Socialism doesn't work--put Starbuck's on the downward course to bankruptcy--they deserve it.
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Reply 40 - Posted by: whyyeseyec 1/17/2020 10:55:40 PM (No. 291393)
Who's going to want to be an employee in those stores??
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Reply 41 - Posted by: smcchk 1/17/2020 11:47:54 PM (No. 291415)
Several years ago, a big grocery store and a Walgreens went up in a very lower class neighborhood that I drive through. I was happy to see that as low income areas are often grocery store deserts. Both stores are doing well and that is what the neighborhood needed! Not so sure about subsidized fancy coffees.
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Reply 42 - Posted by: Trigger2 1/18/2020 4:09:27 AM (No. 291445)
$2.25 for EBT customers; $25 for everyone else. That's the usual scheme for libtards.
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Reply 43 - Posted by: Smart11344 1/18/2020 1:57:01 PM (No. 291850)
I can make a cup of coffee at home for less than a dime and I can actually drink it.
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