Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Starbucks Anti Military?
Today I came across a Rant and Rave posting on Craig's list that was blasting Starbucks for not sending some requested coffee samples to a group of Marines serving in Afghanistan. Seems the Marines not only didn't get their coffee samples but received a Starbucks corporate letter that said "we don't support the war, or anyone participating in it and won't be sending you any free coffee". The poster even took the time to provide a link to Snopes.com. I guess the poster figured no one would follow the link, and he would then be free to stir up hate for Starbucks among those who support our military.
I however followed the link and it was regarding a totally different issue. Seems a Starbucks employee in Manhattan refused to donate three cases of water to an ambulance company treating 9/11 victims. That story was true; they made the ambulance employees shell out $130 bucks for those cases of water.
It seems also that, although Starbucks Corporate was made aware of this grievous lack of compassion for 9/11 victims, they took a long time to offer a refund to those ambulance workers, and only after the story went viral on the internet.
Okay, back to the Starbucks and Marines story;
It seems the Marine Sergeant that reported this coffee request story on the internet had to back off and say that he had heard it from another Marine whom he was never able to identify or locate for verification.
However, Starbucks corporate, rather than being satisfied that the story was doubtful at best, had to embroider their own nobility by saying that they do donate coffee, and funds to the USO, but would never send any Starbucks coffee directly to the troops serving in Afghanistan.
Which only causes me to get my dander up against Starbucks all anew! Why the hell wouldn't Starbucks fork over a few cases of coffee to our troops serving in the vast wastelands of Afghanistan? I can tell you from my own military experience that, while you may get a free coffee and donut in a USO in some major military base, you're not going to come close to a "donut dolly" from the USO out in the jungles of Vietnam or the mountain passes of Afghanistan! So, a little Starbucks coffee sent directly to the troops would be most welcome!
Anybody watch MSNBC's Morning Joe? Everyone of those simpering libtards have got a bag of Starbucks and a hot or cold Starbucks sitting in front of them there in the studio, all provided free of charge by Starbucks! Oh, I'm sure Starbucks reaps big business profits from having their coffee front and center on everyone's TV set each morning, and I'm equally sure the TV cameras won't be rolling over in Kandahar province as our troops are drinking their MRE coffee out of metal canteen cups..but still!
When I was stationed in Hawaii our unit used to sponsor an old folks home. Every three months we held pancake breakfasts and gave the profits to the home to buy the folks a TV or Stereo or to buy turkeys at Thanksgiving. We served three hotcakes and a glass of Dole Pineapple Juice to every customer. The Dole Pineapple Juice came free of charge from the local Dole plant. Anytime we needed a dozen cases of pineapple juice we called Dole and they always said bring a truck down and take as much as you need. This was back when Dole was more than likely run by a CEO who had served in World War II or Korea. So when the military asked for something they gave and didn't ask for publicity. Too many companies today are run by business gurus who wouldn't stoop to serve in the military and any donation must be largely publicized in order to boost the corporate profile...and profits!
Moral of this story? Stop with the hating folks! Quit looking for ways to falsely demonize others. But, damn it Starbucks! Send some coffee over to Kandahar, even if you have to confiscate those free bags off of those Morning Joe desks!