Monday, 3 December 2012

Boycott Starbucks today...there's plenty of independents out there!

Who needs Starbucks? The answer is nobody. Why? They don't pay any tax. Think about it. All those people who work at Starbucks pay tax (at least I hope they do) but the big boss man, who must be based over in Seattle somewhere, birthplace of the coffee chain, pays nothing on the earnings of his UK-based stores.

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.

1 comment:

  1. I boycotted Starbucks a lot earlier. I read a speech by the CEO of starbucks. It was at the time when Ariel Sharon had Arafat pinned down hiding under his desk at the PLO headquarters and he had bulldozed most of the buildings around it. The whole world was objecting to Sharon's violence, yet this CEO of Starbucks having donated a large sum to Israel gave a speech proclaiming Sharon "A Man of Peace." This he said about a man wanted to be tried by the European court for war crimes. You can search the net for the crimes this man had committed against humanity. Anyway.....reading the glowing tributes the CEO of Starbucks heaped upon Sharon and the timing of his huge donation to Israel, made me want to puke. Since then I have never bought anything from Starbucks and do my best to encourage others not to.

    Maybe he does pay his taxes, just not to the UK revenue.