Starbucks may have been one of the first corporations in the country to go woke.
Now, they might be regretting a decision made in the early days of the Trump administration.
Because one apology backfired and now Starbucks has a big problem.
Starbucks has figured out it’s more dangerous to do business in blue American cities than in a third world country.
Starbucks was quick to jump on the Marxist Black Lives Matter bandwagon back in 2020.
But years before the company made one move that signaled they’d bend the knee to the woke mob and allow Starbucks’ locations to become a haven for loitering and criminal activity.
It came when Starbucks’ then CEO Kevin Johnson appeared on Good Morning America, apologizing personally after two men were wrongly arrested for loitering outside a Philadelphia location.
The two men who were Black, were reportedly waiting for a business associate to arrive, and were arrested for trespassing in a Philadelphia Starbucks, resulting in public protests and accusations of racial profiling.
STARBUCKS CEO APOLOGIZES FOR ARRESTS: The company's CEO says he will order store managers to undergo training on how to spot "unconscious bias" after witnesses said two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia shop for doing nothing but sitting at a table — the co-hosts react. pic.twitter.com/ADPL3wBTkB
— The View (@TheView) April 16, 2018
The company bent the knee to the woke mob and became among the first companies to force employees to undergo “unconscious bias” training.
It was off to the woke races from there.
The company even released a statement announcing that baristas would be allowed to wear “Black Lives Matter” apparel. (Imagine what would have happened if a barista showed up with a MAGA cap on.)
According to company leaders it was “critical to support the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement as its founders intended and will continue to work closely with community leaders, civil rights leaders, organizations, and our partners to understand the role that Starbucks can play, and to show up in a positive way for our communities.”
The biggest coffeehouse chain on the planet also ended up donating a million dollars to the “equity” agenda.
But now company officials are shutting down 16 locations in communities rioters have basically turned into war zones—which means fewer decent paying jobs with benefits for people who need them the most.
It turns out the Left’s race to the bottom approach doesn’t pay the bills.
“After careful consideration, we are closing some stores in locations that have experienced a high volume of challenging incidents that make it unsafe to continue to operate,” a company spokesperson told CNN.
They’re shutting down six stores in Seattle, another half dozen Los Angeles, two in Portland, one in Philadelphia, and one in Washington D.C., according to a Wall Street Journal report.
What’s truly stunning about this move is that Starbucks has had stores in 78 countries—which means the java giant is familiar with navigating all kinds of situations and cultures in third world countries.
But the terrifying world Democrats have created inside big blue cities is incomprehensible.
According to KCBS Radio in San Francisco, the company is being forced to take extreme measures to keep their remaining locations open.
“The company also plans to make changes at existing locations to make them feel safer, including adjusting store formats, furniture layouts, hours of operation and staffing, or testing store-specific solutions like restroom occupancy sensors and new alarm systems,” the station reported.
Other companies are likely to follow soon, leaving the communities rioters were supposed to be standing up for completely devastated.
In Los Angeles numerous 7-Eleven locations were closed early after thugs coordinated to descend on the convenience store chain for “7/11 Day.”
In a mere five hours five people were shot with two receiving fatal wounds.
Meanwhile, the county District Attorney is busy doing his level best to make America’s second biggest city even more crime friendly.
One day at a time, leftists are proving the most dangerous thing in the world is to be the recipient of “help” from aspiring communists.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.