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Starbucks To Close 16 Stores Amid Violent Crime, CEO Blames Dem-Run Cities In Leaked Video

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I never thought I’d see the day when the ‘Liberal Starbucks That Could’ would turn on the very people they praised and bent over to all these years. I guess the Democrat’s far-left progressive agenda is even too woke for the Seattle-based coffeehouse.

Last week, Starbucks announced it was closing 16 restaurants in various Democrat-led cities across the country due to what the company said were employee complaints of drug use and violent crime on the premises.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz specifically blamed the closures on Democrats saying Democratic mayors and city councils have “abdicated their responsibility” in fighting crime and addressing mental illness, which has forced his company to shutter stores due to fears over employee safety.

According to the NY Post, Schultz made the comments in a leaked video that was posted to Twitter over the weekend by Ari Hoffman of KVI-AM talk radio based in Seattle.

“This is just the beginning,” said the interim chief executive, who came back to run the company earlier this year following the retirement of his predecessor, Kevin Johnson.


“There are gonna be many more [store closures].”

The leaked video of Schultz shows him addressing Starbucks employees. He told them that the company was “beginning to close stores that are not unprofitable.”

Schultz said he was “shocked” to hear from employees that “one of the primary concerns that our retail partners [baristas] have is their own personal safety.”

“And then we heard about the stories that go along with it about what happens in our bathrooms,” Schultz said.

The beginning of Starbucks’s downfall began in 2018 when the woke barista implemented an “open bathrooms” policy after a store manager had two black men arrested for not ordering coffee while sitting down in a Philadelphia location.

Video of the arrest went viral, and Starbucks apologized after caving to the woke mob.

After realizing what a horrible mistake that was, the company is now giving store managers discretion to alter the policy due to complaints that Starbucks bathrooms are a magnet for drug abusers and homeless people.

In the video leaked over the weekend, Schultz cited the “issues of mental illness, homelessness, and crime.”

“Starbucks is a window into America,” Schultz said. “We are facing things in which the stores were not built for.”

Schultz then took Democrat-run cities to task for not providing solutions.

Starbucks which contributed to the liberal agenda is now pushing back after realizing that going “woke” has its consequences.

“In my view, at the local, state, and federal level, these governments across the country and leaders — mayors, governors, and city councils — have abdicated their responsibility in fighting crime and addressing mental illness,” the CEO said.

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