8/19/2005

Oh great!

Recently Keith told me that Starbucks contributes money or is somehow involved with the pro-choice activist group NARAL. I hate hearing about things like this because I'm lazy and selfish and love my coffee. Plus, it seems like if we investigated every large corporation we wouldn't be able to leave our house without supporting something evil. So, several cups of coffee later, I decided to reluctantly look into it myself and just found this article which gives me further pause.

I'm really mad though because the other major coffee joint around here is Caribou Coffee which Keith also recently informed me about. It looks like they are owned by a pretty radical Muslim group.

So what's a coffee lover to do around here? Dunkin Donuts are few and far between and there is a Starbucks in the store I do my grocery shopping in every week. It feels really puny to protest by simply not buying something...my brain keeps seeking rationalization.

I hate being informed.

12 comments:

asaphat said...

Thanks for informing, Liane. Glad I found this out before I started a Starbucks habit. So sorry for your plight! You could always move back to Dunkin Donuts land (i.e. New England).

Loreo said...

I don't like knowing about stuff like that either and have never been much of a boycotter. I say people who are evil and godless will have to face judgement someday whether I buy their coffee or not. Plus, it would make more of an impact if you wrote them a letter rather than just stop patronizing their store, right? Or you could do both....

KW said...

Hey what happened? I just commented, and
now it's gone. Stink. ANyway, I was going to say
that Charlie thinks that Starbucks will be a future
terrorist target so stay away!

Kristi said...

So why did you have to pass along the unpleasant information to us?! I'm with Lori though; I'm not about to stop having my occasional latte. They can't be making a whole lot off of me.

asaphat said...

That's the spirit!

"My vote couldn't make a difference, so why bother?"

"Surely the $50 I spend every year at Starbucks doesn't matter!"

"I'm only helping one child get abused, and that's not nearly enough to stop me from having my happy fun drink when I need it!"

Of course one-man boycotts don't work! The point is, if the entire Christian community did what was right, it would make a big difference. But Christians are so full of excuses, it rarely happens.

kate said...

wow Craig! Does blogging bring out the latent prophet in you or what? That was really 'laying it on the line' there.

DJ said...

I shall have to tell Bethany about this. One more reason for her to not use Starbucks stuff.

I am not ignoring Craigs comment, just don't know how to comment in the correct spirit...

ljmax said...

Craig--you sound just like Keith. When I make my excuses, he comes up with very similiar responses.

asaphat said...

I must be honest--it would be a lot harder for me if it were Dunkin Donuts. I wrote Starbucks an enraged e-mail yesterday...no good talking a lot if one doesn't back it up with actions, right?

Kristi said...

Yes, exactly, what would you do if you found out Dunkin' Donuts was guilty of something?? I'm sure your response might be a little less critical, O Asaphat! In case you didn't know, the Greater Seattle area is practically Starbucks capital -- it's a major part of our culture and subsistence. So forgive me if I don't jump right on the anti-Starbucks bandwagon. Maybe I'll write them a letter, though.

drewey fern said...

I just sent them an e-mail, too (thanks for the idea, Asaphat!), full of dire threats about my being a frequenter of Dunkin Donuts until they change things. Hee hee hee - little do they know I would have been a frequenter of Dunkin Donuts anyway! There aren't any Starbucks on my usual routes:)

redsoxwinthisyear said...

And at 4-5 dollars a coffee on a teacher's salary, there's enough reason already to stay with Dunkin Donuts! So I need little persuasion to boycott them.