The woke CEO of the popular coffee chain Starbucks told employees that America has become “unsafe” in a candid discussion of the company’s decision to close sixteen locations.
Howard Schultz complained that Democratic leaders have “abdicated their responsibility” to counter crime and homelessness, the New York Post reported.
Starbucks CEO says America “unsafe”
The company announced last week that it was shutting down six locations in Seattle, six in Los Angeles, two in Portland, one in Philadelphia, and one in Washington, D.C, over safety concerns.
The stores were “not unprofitable”, but dangerous conditions in the areas where they are located left the company no option but to close them, Schultz said in a leaked video of a company meeting shared by radio host Ari Hoffmann.
Schultz called his company “a window into America” and noted that Starbucks stores are not “built” to deal with the chaos rippling through blue cities.
“In my view, at the local, state, and federal level, these governments across the country and leaders — mayors, governors, and city councils — have abdicated their responsibility in fighting crime and addressing mental illness,” he said.
EXCLUSIVE: Today at an internal meeting CEO Howard Schultz said: “Starbucks is a window into America… 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 gonna be many more. 🧵 pic.twitter.com/E9ayQqSmB8
— Ari Hoffman (@thehoffather) July 13, 2022
A change in course
Schultz said that the sixteen closures are “just the beginning” and that there will be “many more” to come.
While Schultz pointed the finger at public officials, Starbucks may be partially to blame for its predicament. The company caved to activist pressure in 2018 and enacted an “open bathroom” policy after two Black men who were arrested for trespassing claimed they were racially profiled.
Philadelphia rewarded them a $1 million settlement and Starbucks ordered racial “bias” training for all employees. Now, Starbucks is reconsidering the open bathroom policy after its restrooms became a hotspot for drug addicts.
“And then we heard about the stories that go along with it about what happens in our bathrooms,” Schultz told employees in the leaked video.
Seattle, where Starbucks is headquartered, was the site of a notorious police-free anarchist community during the George Floyd riots two summers ago. “CHAZ” or “CHOP,” as it was called, was eventually shut down after two teenagers were murdered there.