Wednesday, August 13, 2014

No Burnt Overpriced Coffee For You Jooos!!

Starbucks wants nothing to do with Israel
Now the End Begins
Coffee chain Starbucks has plenty of stores across the world, and plenty in Muslim nations. But one country where they proudly will not operate is in the nation of Israel. Starbucks closed all their stores over 11 years in the Holy Land, and today’s announcement effectively reveals they are boycotting Israel.
The coffee chain has issued a statement announcing that neither Starbucks nor CEO Howard Schultz “provides financial support to Israel,” or to its army, in the wake of what Starbucks called “false rumors.”
The company, which is known for flooding markets with its stores, also pointed out that it closed all of its stores in Israel because of “operational challenges.” Spokesman Jim Olson wouldn’t specify what challenges the company faced in Israel, but did say the decision to leave “was not related to political issues.”
Starbucks operates stores in Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and United Arab Emirates in the Middle East and North Africa region.

19 comments:

  1. Bravo. Great article. There is a Starbucks every 10 feet, but "magically" not in Israel.

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    1. Starbucks is off my list. I am boycotting Starbucks.

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  2. F**K Starbucks. I wouldn't drink their shit if you paid me. Anyone who sides against Israel is the enemy.

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    1. Jan, you asked me in a previous thread if I am in Kansas and yes I am. We are pretty much a conservative gun loving state.

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    2. Jan, I have been to Pittsburg a number of times and it is a nice small state college town. I have a couple of younger neighbors that graduated from there as well as a buddy I served in Vietnam with. Everyone that has ever mentioned Pittsburg, KS to me likes it. It's about 120 miles or so SW of Kansas City, MO and a few miles NW of Joplin, MO.

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    3. I know, Jack. Technically, that's where I'm from.

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    4. I thought you were born in Europe? But Eastern KS is a good place to be from, as well. Jack, I've got a buddy who went to school in Pittsburg, KS, as well. Also, I'll be cruising by there in a few weeks on the way through Joplin to see a Vietnam Vet buddy of mine in southern MO who is fighting cancer and needs a little work done on his trailer. If you aren't too far north of I-70, I'd be happy to buy you a beer if you have the time. Not sure of the exact timeframe, though.

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    5. Grunt, I was born in Belgium, to American Parents.
      I didn't actually come to live in America till I was 15 years old. I Still have a thick accent.
      The maternal side of my family settled in Kansas in the early 20th cent.

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    6. Êtes-vous de la région française de Belgique ou le flamand?

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    7. Jan you ever get up to Pittsburg I would love to drive down and meet you in person. Make the rest of these guys jealous, lololol.

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    8. Le flamand. I spent most of my childhood in Brussels.

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    9. I would be confused as hell in Brussels. I think it's the only place in Belgium that's considered "bilingual," because it's between the two main regions, so you can expect to be spoken to in either French or Dutch, but the Dutch is really Flemish or Belgian Dutch, which has 4 flavors. My favorite is Limgurgish, which might be an entirely separate language. And since Brussels is the HQ of the EU, you might also expect to run into German and English speakers and who knows who else.

      So, since you were fairly adult when you left, was that photo you posted of yourself drinking coffee in an open air cafe taken in Belgium? It looked farther south to me, but I guess it could have been Belgium.

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    10. What happened to that special edition of Fishnet Friday Lady Di?

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  3. Maybe the "operational challenges" have something to do with their franchising partner, Alshaya. Founded in Kuwait, it is currently directly by Muhammed Abdul Aziz Alshaya. Acccording to their webpage, they operate 2600 stores featuring 70 different brands--none of which are in Israel. Also, according to their webpage, "we never forget our history, family heritage and values." So there ya go.

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  4. As one who lives in the area in which Starbucks has its origins, I am unsurprised. Seattle is a seething hotbed of leftist sentiment. I long ago gave up buying my coffee beans from Starbucks and buy them from a roaster in the midwest who doesn't char his beans and gets them to me within two days of roasting. I was unimpressed with Starbucks alleged support for those carrying concealed weapon into their stores. The whole concept of carrying concealed means that no one knows you are carrying. Duh! I doubt that the absence of a Starbucks in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem troubles the Israelis all that much. Hopefully, those few of your readers who go to Starbucks will find better coffee elsewhere.

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  5. I couldn't care less. I brew my coffee at home. I hope this costs them.

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  6. They lost me back when the "Gun Free Zone" signs went up. And Eugene is right: they over-roast their beans (their coffee tastes like burned floormats)

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  7. Warning: I am a heretic of sorts. I don't patronize Starbucks stores but I do buy their Iced Coffee at Sam's Club. It's 11 ounces, slightly sweetened with 2% fat free milk and coming in at 110 calories. I buy it by the 12 pack for less than a $1.25 per bottle. I like coffee flavored anything and for the money this is an enjoyable alternative. I've been in exactly one Starbucks, but wrote it off since I can pretty much make my own multi-flavored coffee at home for one heck of a lot less.

    Knowing the creativity of Israelis, I suspect one or more entrepreneurs have stepped into the void left by Starbucks when they exited Israel and these entrepreneurs are making good money while providing a better value for their customers.

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