1. Starbuck CEO Howard Schultz was confronted by a shareholder over its support for same-sex marriage
At the 2013 shareholder meeting Tom Strobhar (founder of The Corporate Morality Action Center ) said to CEO Howard Schultz that he opposed Starbuck’s support for domestic partners (ie. same sex marriage). Howard Schultz told him basically to shove it. Schultz got 2 rounds of standing ovations.
2. A NYC Starbucks Charged Ground Zero Workers from 9/11 $130 for 3 cases of water
The customers were the Midwood Ambulance Service from Brooklyn. Once Starbucks corporate found that its employee had made the mistake it refunded the Ambulance Service and apologized.
3. Starbucks Closed All Its Stores in Israel Because It Opposes Israeli Occupation of Palestina
Starbucks did close all its Starbucks outlets in Israel in 2003. But it had nothing to do with the Arab-Israeli conflict. Starbucks just wasn’t making enough money there.
4. Starbucks has joined Monsanto in a lawsuit against Vermont to avoid the implementation of GMO labeling regulations.
True and False
Starbucks is a member of the Grocery Manufacturers’ Association which is challenging Vermont over GMO labeling requirements. This is an action by the GMA. Starbucks is just a member. Starbucks is very open about the ingredients in its products.
5. In 2002 Starbucks recalled ‘Collapse into Cool’ promotional posters due to complaints that they contained imagery reminiscent of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
These posters were in 4,000 outlets nationwide in 2002. A New York Post reporter brought attention to their unintentional similarity to the 9/11 attacks. Starbucks removed them all quickly. Looks a little far-fetched to us, but kudos to Starbucks for removing the ads anyway.
6. Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Has No Pumpkin
But that’s necessary to ensure a consistent product. And how are you going to drink pumpkin anyway? Well, at least it has real spice. And real Latte. Just no pumpkin!
7. Starbucks is testing a new “beer latte,” designed to mimic the distinctive flavor profile of Guinness
For Real. This is amazing. Since August 2014 Baristas on Reddit and Twitter have been mentioning this. Starbucks is known to be testing a store that sells alcoholic beverages in Brooklyn. Time will tell!
8. Starbucks puts ground up bugs in Strawberry Frappucinos
It used to. It used cochineal extract die made from crushed up bugs in 4 of its drinks including Strawberry Frappucino and Velvet Cake Frappucino. It adds red color. But Starbucks phased that out beginning in 2013 in favor of lycopene derived from tomatoes. MUCH better idea, Starbucks!
9. Nearly 1,500 Starbucks customers in Newington CT “paid it forward” during Christmas Week 2013.
At the drive-thru window of the Starbucks on the Berlin Turnpike in Newington CT, 1,468 customers in succession received their drink free because the prior customer had paid for it, then paid for the next customer behind them. This is called a “Suspended Coffee”
10. Did Starbucks give a Free Pastry to anyone with an internet coupon on March 23 2010?