Bad For Business: Starbucks CEO Chides Woke Leaders for Surging Crime

Wallace White | July 21, 2022
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Even the wokest corporations sometimes get mugged by reality. It’s happening to Starbucks. CEO Howard Schultz is chastising leaders in Democrat-run cities for “abdicating their responsibility” for crime fighting and causing 16 store closures, as the Daily Mail reports July 20.

At an internal meeting, Schultz expressed concern for the safety of his employees in cities such as Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Portland, where he has closed many stores due to woke policies reducing police presence. Two leaked videos posted to twitter by Ari Hoffman of KVI-AM talk radio in Seattle show the clips in full. 

Schultz says, “In my view at the local, state, and federal level, these governments across the country and leaders, mayors, and governors and city councils have abdicated their responsibility in fighting crime and addressing mental illness.”

Furthermore, “It has shocked me that one of the primary concerns that our retail partners have is their own personal safety. And then we heard the stories about what happens in our bathrooms, the issues with mental illness, homelessness and crime.”

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Par for the course in a cities run by incompetent progressives who willfully sabotage the police’s ability to protect and serve all while never addressing the root causes of criminality and disorder. 

The 16 store closures were announced in an internal email to employees on July 18. The memo according to The Mail, “remarked how staffers at other stores across the country have experienced similar unrest as a result of 'the challenges facing our communities.'” Easily deciphered code for the consequences of lefty urban rot. 

Schultz said that “Starbucks is a window into America, we have stores in every community... we are facing things in which the stores were not built for. We're listening to our people and closing stores, & this is just the beginning. There are going to be many more.” 

Schultz is right in suggesting that the horrible things happening inside his stores and to his employees over the last few years are a representation of what progressivism does to the average American.