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Starbucks Gets Pleas Not to Close Stores (This is why our country is going down the crapper)

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posted on Jul, 21 2008 @ 11:59 AM
People protest Starbucks closing I think I have heard it all now. I can now comfortably transition to my eternal resting place having seen and heard it ALL!
You have GOT to be F'ing kidding me!! I mean what is in that $hit man??
If there were ever proof that caffine is an addictive drug this is it.
Don't we as Americans look bad enough to the world as it is?? Do we really need this kind of publicity?
If someone would have told me this on the streets I would have punched him in the face and called him a liar to his face. No self respecting American would stoop that low as to protest the closing of a Starbucks.
How pathetic!!
I hate to say this I really do buuuuut,
We are all doomed!
Yes I said it. We are all doomed. What is next?Petitioning Ben and Jerries
to bring back Cherry Garcia??? God forbid they even think about getting rid of Chunky Monkey!!
In case these people havn't heard there is a WAR going on in the middle east which looks as though it will never end,our economy is collapsing,gas is over $4.00 per gallon,we have a president who is systematically sripping away our civil rights and using the constitution as toilet paper,half of the people in Washington are gay pedophiles,people are living in "tent cities" in California due to the housing market collaps,not to mention half of the friggin state is on fire,etc,etc
and these peolpe are concerned about what????????
Starbucks is closing!!!!Jesus tapdancing Christ!!!! Whatever will we do??
I am embarassed to be an American and want out. Not of this country but off this planet.
[Steps down off soapbox]

[edit on 21-7-2008 by cbass]

[edit on 21-7-2008 by cbass]

posted on Jul, 21 2008 @ 12:13 PM
Wow. Would a grande-skinny-half the pump-sugarfree-no whip-vanilla latte improve that disposition?

My local Starbucks is not on the hit list so I can afford to be flippant. Having said that I do believe we are doomed and that people have jumped on the "Save Our Starbucks!" wagon because real issues are too frightening for them to think about.

posted on Jul, 21 2008 @ 01:00 PM
Is it these people who are out of touch for giving a $hit or is it me who is out of touch for not???
I am 34 and have no clue who has the number 1 single out right now.
I have not watched T.V. in four years. I have no clue who won American Idol this last go round.
I would not be able to hold any sort of conversation with an average American. We have nothing in common. After one goes thru the obvious obligatory conversation starters such as, "How "bout this weather"?
"How 'bout these gas prices"? Where does one go from there?
I could pretend to give a rats a$$!!!!
" hey man, how 'bout the Starbucks that is closing down the street? That really pisses me off dude.I am gonna have to walk like two more blocks to get my Starbucks now".
Are you an average American? Why oh Why am I stuck with the lowest common denominator? If only there were a way to give these American Idol worshipping, Starbucks addicted to,Survivor watching,Television junkies their own planet I would finally rest in peace knowing there might be hope for humanity.

posted on Jul, 21 2008 @ 01:05 PM
I say close the starbucks, close mcdonalds, close hardee's/Carls Jr, sonic drive in, Wendy's, walmart, ALL OF THEM. Maybe then, people would be able to get a decent meal at a decent price without getting a fat ass in the process. Not to mention people might actually have a chance of competing in the market with their OWN stores, shoppes and eateries.

posted on Jul, 21 2008 @ 01:16 PM
The people protesting about Starbucks are obviously influential folks who have not felt the economic crunch yet. They can still afford the gas and car insurance to make the drive down for the overpriced, sugary, caffeinated, dessert treat that is Starbucks coffee. When their car sits lifeless and they are camped in the vacant lot with their worldly possessions, they will probably sit around the campfire and talk about how good a cup of Starbucks coffee would taste.

Kudos and a star to the OP and MockedUnicorn.

[edit on 7-21-2008 by groingrinder]

posted on Jul, 21 2008 @ 05:12 PM
I have been to a Starbucks either 2 or 3 times in my life and it was quite a number years back. I drink quite a bit of coffee, but in my opinion, theirs is the sorriest coffee I have ever had. I just can't believe the fuss people make over a crappy cup of joe. People pay high dollar on top of it all.

I truly believe their customers have some sort of mental or awareness problem.

posted on Jul, 21 2008 @ 05:17 PM
There is a BUCKS here that's going bust that means there are still 9
Oh by the way I live in Des Moines IOWA!!!!
All of you ninnies that are upset about this why don't you take a minute to find a local coffee brewer... you may be suppressed.

posted on Jul, 21 2008 @ 11:00 PM
Good find, cbass. I agree with your sentiments about the modern American. Now, don't get all up in arms. I'm American myself though I live north of the border.

As for who is the odd man out, you or them? I really don't know, but it is a good question. I can't help but feel that it's not so black and white, in the loop or out. Perhaps there are other dimensions we don't realize yet. My feelings go back and forth. Sometimes I think America deserves what it gets because it just keeps letting it happen. Other times I think we're not as dumb as I thought. I suppose we will just have to wait and see.

I definitely agree with the poster who said people are latching onto this because it is scary for them to think about real issues, and how close to the edge they really are.

posted on Jul, 22 2008 @ 01:12 AM
first of all...this has NOTHING to do with people's need or addiction to coffee. it's consumerism and the social norm. in american, i vouch for, it's a social and habitual construct to congregate at starbucks more than the need for coffee. it's the common denominator [ground] for people to meet, hang, chill, or convenient way to get their fix.

their consumers are idiots to plea to keep their favorite store open, though. are they THAT lazy to go one extra mile out of their way [if they so deem it necessary], but starbucks was idiotic to over-saturate the market when they were opening stores across the street from each other [see Lewis Black for his take on that]. now that the economy is not as ripe as before, starbucks is actually feeling the pinch, and are, for once, rationally thinking about how many stores they REALLY need for a city to be satisfied.

starbucks is a brand name just like anything else. it's the name that sells...not the quality of coffee, which for most avid coffee drinkers barely equivocates to a tolerable taste.

the era of starbucks is over...because the average person has less to spend on overpriced coffee drinks every day, and they are waking up to that fact. starbucks may have awakened and rebirthed the average person in america to coffee, but their clients are growing up and realizing that they do not need them and that there is exponentially better coffee elsewhere.

the REAL coffee drinkers are turning to local and independent brewers who actually serve coffee worthy of the name, or they make their own blends at home, preserving personal taste and cost.

starbucks is a social fad, that will hopefully mature to quality and not image, or they deserve to die.

go support a local coffee shop that earns your praise from the quality of its product, not the status that comes with it.

*edited for completion of thought.

[edit on 22-7-2008 by banyan]

posted on Jul, 22 2008 @ 01:44 AM
What I find funny is,
if there is an upside to the total economic collaps of this country
it will be that these pompus-ass, arrogant, overindulging, self satisfied,
overweight, American Idol watching, Double Quarter-pounder w/cheese eating, Starbucks coffee drinking, 5000 calorie a day ingesting, pathetic exuses for Americans will find their daily routines grind to a screeching halt almost instantaneously.
There will be no money to eat and drink yourself into a fat induced coma.
You will be forced to be a humanbeing or DIE!!!!

We can't go on like this as a country or as a planet anylonger.
We are all about to recieve a well deserved collective Bit%h slap up across our heads and none too soon.Maybe the few who survive will have learned to be human again.

[steps back down off of soapbox]

posted on Jul, 22 2008 @ 01:45 AM
Not necessarily ATS, but for those, like me, who go though 1/2lb a week, themselves, and want to save some $$$, I suggest looking into home coffee roasting. The quality is easily twice as good and fresh as what you get buying pre-roasted, unroasted beans stay fresh for months, and the prices can't be beat:

Costa Rica Tarrazu: $5.70/lb
Ethiopian Organic Yrggacheffe: $6.00/lb

And for special occasions:
100% Hawaiian Kona: $17.00/lb

I have a Hearthware roaster, cost me about $70; it can roast 3oz of beans in about 10 minutes.

posted on Jul, 22 2008 @ 02:06 AM

Originally posted by cbass
We can't go on like this as a country or as a planet anylonger.
We are all about to recieve a well deserved collective Bit%h slap up across our heads and none too soon.Maybe the few who survive will have learned to be human again.

what i find awful is that it takes the economy to be in poops to get people to double-think about eating out so much or buying overpriced sugary specialty coffee drinks.

[i can only talk so far, for i, myself, fall victim to caffeine addiction, though i remedy it at home]

who cares about one's health...just whether or not they can afford it.

posted on Jul, 22 2008 @ 02:31 AM
I really like Starbucks. I think it's nice that people are petitioning companies with requests. It's a nice example of economic freedom, capitalism.

Originally posted by sc2099
I'm American myself though I live north of the border.

Son of a bitch, get back here!

posted on Jul, 22 2008 @ 09:35 AM
I've never been in a starbucks and I never will, but it strikes me as the same kind of place as McD's, BK, KFC choose any one from dozens - and they all have at least one thing in common, over-priced, over processed rubbish.

The world thanks america for bringing us this crap. (sarc)

Edit to add - I don't drink any kind of coffee, and only a couple of cups of tea a day, so I'm probably biassed, but nor do I drink soda, just water and fruit juice

[edit on 22/7/2008 by budski]

posted on Jul, 22 2008 @ 09:53 AM

Originally posted by budski
... but it strikes me as the same kind of place as McD's, BK, KFC choose any one from dozens - and they all have at least one thing in common, over-priced, over processed rubbish.

Swing that hammer, budski, the nail is waiting. Some of the shops are just a walk up counter to grab an overpriced cup and head to the office. I see people buying as not some social gathering point but as a routine because 'everyone cool gets Starbucks on the way in'. A yuppie thing.

Hey if people want to beg them to stay open and probably pay even more for coffee that's fine with me. Their call. The herd is waiting.

posted on Jul, 22 2008 @ 10:58 AM
Awesome rant cbass. I've been "out of the loop" since the early 90's when I circumnavigated the globe with a backpack. It changed my outlook and priorities. I'm American but living in Canada too! I have very little in common with the "create it, consume it, throw it away" society we live in.

THe only way I have been able to survive is to live through my children's eyes. I discovered museums, parks, comic books, cartoons, Disney Channel (not as bad as you think
), board games, nature hikes, hide-and-seek, tag, etc. I could go on and on but I think you get the picture. I have more in common with my toddlers than I do my mailman!

Cheers and I hope you find serenity

posted on Jul, 22 2008 @ 11:14 AM
Okay just another perspective, and a disclaimer. First, I'm no fan of Starbucks. I think their stuff is way overpriced and tastes burnt to me. The Marathon filling station on my way in to work has a really good cup for $0.60, and I get one a couple of times a week.

Where I live, the issue isn't so much "Waaah, I want my Starbucks coffee", as it is in some cases Starbucks were built in blighted areas and not only provided jobs within walking distance for local residents, but made the area a little more viable. It added to the property values in the area. People would rather live around the corner from a Starbucks than an empty lot or a Payday Loan storefront.

Of course, corporations can have all the good intentions they want, but once something becomes a profit drain, it's change time. I think all the stores in my area they're closing were probably net money makers, but Starbucks did that too-rapid expansion thing that plagues a lot of overzealous companies.

It really is too bad. I feel for the employees of those locations as well as the people in the areas where Starbucks really was a difference maker.

But that's just me.

posted on Jul, 22 2008 @ 11:23 AM
I'm not sure what we are debating here. The company overexpanded (which was kind of obvious to most even a while ago) and now that have to write off some of these expenses.

Some people seem to like Starbucks and will miss a couple of stores when they are gone. It's not the end of the world and surely not a biblical prophecy about the doom of America as the OP seems to indicate.

posted on Jul, 24 2008 @ 10:54 AM

Originally posted by buddhasystem
It's not the end of the world and surely not a biblical prophecy about the doom of America as the OP seems to indicate.

It is an indicator that the people who live in this country have waaaaay
too much time on their hands and could be taking this very same time that they are spending/waisting, and put it towards something that might actually effect people like,ohhhh idunno, uuuummmm, ohhhh it's right on the tip of my tounge............errr......protesting the war in Iraq!!!!!!!!

If you had only one day to spend making a diiference in someones life would it be better spent protesting the closing of a GDDAMN Starbucks
or Protesting the war in Iraq?

None of us are guaranteed a certain amount of time on this rock and any of us could be deleted at any given second. So, I AM very critical about
the way people spend their time. WHen we reach a point in this country where people are more devestated about the closing of Starbucks than a never ending war then yes......WE ARE ALL DOOMED!

You had all better pray to the God of Fat, complacent, overindulging,Americans that they don't decide to cancell American Idol.
Woe is us if that should ever happen

posted on Jul, 24 2008 @ 10:59 AM
reply to post by cbass

Lol... I just had a mental image of you at a Starbuck's protest, holding a HUGE sign that reads "DON"T CLOSE STARBUCKS", and, then, in smaller print at the bottom: "Oh, and stop mudering people in Iraq".

But it's a valid point: if people don't go to the issues, take the issues to the people.

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