Starbucks Complainers: When will you stop?

Starbucks Complainers: When will you stop?


Once again, Starbucks is in the news for something negative. Am I surprised? Not one bit. This time it’s for the green cups that people are outraged with.


Let’s get started…

No consumers, Starbucks is not replacing their well known holiday red cups with green cups this year. It stands for “Upstanders” and unity. So quit saying they are taking Christmas out of everything.

The point of having the green cup and the drawings on it in single lines is to represent unity. They aren’t telling you who to vote for or what political party to be apart of. If you haven’t noticed, 2016 has been filled with presidential election debates on social media. Some of you may have even deleted some of your friends, unfollowed people, or even just stopped being friends with them in your actual life due to their views.

Starbucks is trying to stop that. They want people to be nice to each other and put aside the hostility that comes with opposing views.

I’ve seen the reactions of social media about this cup. Tweets saying “Screw you Starbucks”, “You’re not getting my hard earned money anymore, Starbucks!” and my personal favorite, “Stop shoving politics down my throat”.

The CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, said that the cup was a “reminder of our shared values, and the need to be good to each other”.

A few years ago, Starbucks wanted to try to help and end racism in the country and started a #RaceTogether campaign. The campaign was to get people to look beyond the color and differences of others. Of course, Starbucks received backlash about that as well.

Personally, I don’t see the problem with Starbucks trying to make the world nicer. I get it, people are going to get mad because of someone’s opposite views, but why get mad at a company that is trying to unify people?

I’m a former barista who just resigned recently. So, I knew about this launch ahead of time and thought it was a good idea. I wrote a blog about the Christmas cups last year, and I felt compelled to write one this year about this “outrage”. I stand by my statement when I say, If you don’t like a seasonal cup from Starbucks, then stop going there all together, not just when the cup is around. Clearly it doesn’t bother you THAT much because you’re still going in and paying for a $5 cup of coffee.

Just like the old saying that you would hear when growing up “It doesn’t matter about what it looks like, it’s what’s on the inside that matters.”

So once again, I ask….Starbucks complainers, when will you stop?

Till Next Time,



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