In June of 2017 I wrote Starbuck’s: They Don’t Stand With America, which was the tale of Kayla Hart, who committed the grievous social justice crime of ordering coffee in a Starbuck’s while wearing a Donald Trump t-shirt. For her appalling inhumanity, the intellectual giants serving coffee laughed at her, and ridiculed her by labeled her cup with a snotty political message.
I noted then:
What is it, gentle readers, about working in a coffee shop that imbues those employed there with superior intelligence and morality? Is it the grotesquely over-priced beverages? Is it the unwarranted arrogance and smug pretension? Or is it toxic fumes from the various substances that make the beverages so insanely expensive that grossly impair any sense of humility, humanity, and human kindness?
Starbuck’s is one of those corporations with grandiose delusions that selling ridiculously priced caffeinated beverages can somehow change the world for the better. Merely working there imbues one with an evolved social consciousness, making one a leader among lesser men. Of course, “the better” always embraces progressive/socialist ideology, which has always made the lives of the citizens of the countries it has taken over so, so much better. See: Venezuela, Cuba, China, Russia, North Korea, etc.
Consider these excerpts from Starbuck’s corporate website:
Every day, we go to work hoping to do two things: share great coffee with our friends and help make the world a little better. It was true when the first Starbucks opened in 1971, and it’s just as true today.
From the beginning, Starbucks set out to be a different kind of company. One that not only celebrated coffee and the rich tradition, but that also brought a feeling of connection.
Our mission to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time.
And here are Starbuck’s mission statement and values:
To inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.
With our partners, our coffee and our customers at our core, we live these values
Creating a culture of warmth and belonging, where everyone is welcome.
Acting with courage, challenging the status quo and finding new ways to grow our company and each other.
Being present, connecting with transparency, dignity and respect.
Delivering our very best in all we do, holding ourselves accountable for results.
We are performance driven, through the lens of humanity.
Right. “Warmth and belonging, where everyone is welcome.” “Dignity and respect.” Kayla Hart, and not a few others expressing conservative or American values, might disagree.
But conservatives did not take this lying down. In fact fifty or more conservatives protested at the same store, as The Blaze reports:
More than 50 people, all wearing clothes or carrying items that signified their support for President Donald Trump, piled into a Starbucks in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The peaceful sit in, which began at 2 p.m., completely filled the Starbucks location — and even the parking lot, for a little while. The group had no demands, but instead wanted to stand up to a business they felt was disrespectful toward their political views, Mecklenburg County Republican Party board member James Tatro told The Charlotte Observer.
‘We wanted the staff to see that Trump supporters are just as human as anyone else,’ he said. ‘We live in a diverse city. It’s unacceptable in a modern society to make a customer feel uncomfortable, whether it’s a liberal business mistreating a conservative customer or a conservative business mistreating a liberal customer.
Except there are virtually no examples of conservative businesses mistreating liberal customers, unless one wants to count gays or lesbians trying to force people with sincere religious objections to bake cakes for or take photographs of their weddings. And what horrors did these ruffians force on the gentle and helpless baristas of starbuck’s?
Members of the pro-Trump group told Fox 46 Charlotte that the sit-in started out a little tense, but the mood shifted when people started ordering beverages using names associated with the White House, like Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
‘I gave them the name Trump and … they were very gracious about it,’ Shellie Anderson told the TV station. ‘We just wanted to reverse the little negativity… It’s really good to come together and take something negative and just come in here and be respectful.
Those vicious , exclusive, non-diverse, hateful Republican fascists!
In a Facebook post about the event, the Mecklenburg County Republican Party described the sit-in as ‘a perfect example of a peaceful political demonstration.’ The party said the group consisted of representatives from the board, Hispanics for Trump, Women for Trump, and Deplorable Pride, a pro-Trump LGBT group.
Oh. Let me get this straight: more than fifty Republican protestors, including Hispanics, women, and LGBT (etc.) folk protested by buying and consuming Starbuck’s products and gently making fun of Starbucks. What violent fascist scum! Where are antifas when you really need them? The Charlotte Observer added:
Starbucks has formally apologized for the original incident, which took place earlier this month. Kayla Hart of Charlotte reported she was wearing a shirt in support of President Donald Trump at the Starbucks and was bullied and laughed at by the staff.
Instead of the barista putting Hart’s name on her cup, she said the label had the phrase ‘Build a Wall,’ in reference to the president’s campaign promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. [skip]
Reggie Borges, a spokesman for Starbucks’ corporate office in Seattle, said the company was working with the barista and using the incident as a teaching moment. ‘This experience is absolutely not consistent with our standards or the respectful experience we want to provide to our customers,’ Borges said.
It would appear the lesson worked, at least until the heat is off and some other fascist walks into a Starbucks with a provocative t-shirt that no socially just barista can ignore. But Starbuck’s is right. This does provide a teachable moment. It teaches us about the nature of progressives and their progressive employers, cruelly forced to work in a capitalist system where insulting and ridiculing paying customers tends to be detrimental to business, thus the “teachable moment.” The horror. It also teaches about the nature of conservative fascists and their preferred, hateful and violent methods of protest. The horror. I’ll bet at least one of them failed to put their napkin in the trash before leaving. And when they said “have a nice day,” on the way out, that was dog whistle for “may Trump put you all in reeducation camps.”