Were Starbucks not so deserving of being made to suffer the consequences of the company’s incessant virtue signaling, one might be tempted to feel sorry for it.
The Seattle-based bean juice chain hasn’t been able to catch a break lately after the firestorm over a former manager’s calling of the police on two loiterers who refused to leave. Normally that would be called trespassing but then the men happened to be black it quickly became yet another racial incident.
Instead of just disciplining the manager and apologizing, Starbucks panicked after it was attacked by the social media mob and shortly thereafter, announced that it would be closing 8,000 stores down to conduct “unconscious bias” quack science brainwashing sessions.
Then came the cave-in when a person of color was denied use of one of the chain’s restrooms and within hours, Starbucks delighted the homeless, drug addicts and dealers as well as prostitutes by announcing that the chain’s restrooms would be open to everyone who wanted to use them.
But that just wasn’t enough for Starbucks. With the new socialist craze being the banning of plastic straws and utensils in select Democrat-controlled cities, the corporation announced that it would itself be implementing a straw ban by 2020. It felt good but soon it was revealed that the new sippy-cup lids that would replace the straws actually used MORE plastic which would seem to defeat the stated purpose of being environmentally friendly.
But the straw ban has also earned Starbucks the ire of advocacy groups for disabled people who are blasting the decision as being punitive to those who are unable to drink without a straw.
Disabled community criticizes Starbucks for ditching plastic straws https://t.co/zuac0K3UkX
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) July 14, 2018
Via The Washingon Examiner, “Disabled community criticizes Starbucks for ditching plastic straws”:
The disabled community is pushing back on Starbucks’ decision to ditch plastic straws and replace them with sippy cup-like plastic tops, claiming that straws are the only way for some disabled individuals to consume food and drink.
“Plastic straws are an accessible way for people with certain disabilities to consume food and drinks, and it seems the blanket bans are not taking into account that they need straws and also that plastic straw replacements are not accessible to people,” Katherine Carroll, a policy analyst at the Center for Disability Rights, told Time magazine.
Advocates for the disabled community say Starbucks could have opted for straws made from biodegradable paper, or ones made from metal that could be reused when cleaned. But even then, sometimes those options may not be suitable for people with certain disabilities, according to founder of the One in Five disabled rights campaign Jamie Szymkowiak.
The Starbucks public relations staff will be put on suicide watch before much longer at this rate but for those who have always found the company to be asinine, this is a nice hot cup of schadenfreude to enjoy.