And think about this: you have to pay tax so why can't Starbucks?
In short this is outrageous, especially when you consider that there are many independent coffee retailers out there on UK high streets who offer a superior product and ambience but do have to pay tax.
Starbucks represents 'the man' and if you want to stick it to the man, there's only one thing you can do: boycott Starbucks. By all means enjoy a cup of coffee in a Caffé Nero, a Coffee Republic or a Costa Coffee, but steer clear of Starbucks. The best thing to do, of course, is to support the UK's independent coffee houses, of which there are many.
It's really simple: you're walking down the high street, you need a coffee. You see a Starbucks. But don't go in. Remember, they don't pay tax! Look around you. Is there a Costa or a Nero or an independent coffee shop in sight? If yes, then make your way there instead. You'll feel a lot, lot better.
TeashopandCaff won't be visiting Starbucks anymore and was never that impressed with the coffee chain.
Let me know your thoughts and I'll happily publish them on my blog.