I mean are SBUX customers RACISTS?
All of this over a few LAW BREAKING IDIOTS who got nailed by the Cops.....................I urge you Howard, part ways with racists like Obama, Holder, Lord Sharpton, and all the other RACIST PIGS like them.
The issue with Brown and most others the idiots above chose to fall on the swords over is that he was a CRIMINAL....and likely committed SUICIDE by COP rather than go to jail for ASSAULTING a PD Officer, not once but twice but only, after strongarm robbing a Convenience store.
It seems to me that the above IDIOTS have successfully replaced the real issue of CRIME with RACISM. Any questions?
Need anyone REMIND YOU HOWARD that the LARGEST redistribution of wealth in HUMAN HISTORY has occured right here in the US over just the lkast half century and, IT HAS NOT WORKED.
America guarantees OPPORTUNITY, not OUTCOME. You know that very well Howard......so........go back, touch up your views on racism and preach in church, not my coffee, PLEASE.
Wow...another cult loser! CAPITALISM has proven to be THHHHHEEEE MOST FAIR economic formula in human history, what;s your solution?
Socialism I suppose! LMAO! Socialism hides it inequalities by saying everyone gets the same when in fact, time and time again, in healthcare alone, we learn even socialism favors some over others. Primarily, the WEALTHY and FAMOUS in socialism are living as though they are in a capitalist economy with the best of everything their nation/community has to offer...............yet the average citizen is STUCK with whatever level of EVERYTHING, said Nation or Community has enough of or is able to spread across the masses.
Take your ideological nose and out it on straight, OPPORTUNITY seems to be the only formula that allows everyone, anyone, to succeed.
Again sport, what's your plan?
Poverty doesn;t favor ANY SKIN COLOR and never has, it is what our POOR do with the opportunities they have/get from society at large.
HOWARD, the LARGEST REDISTRIBUTION of WEALTH in HUMAN HISTORY has occured IN YOUR LIFETIME, ie, the last half century+. The real issue , the real question is this: WHY DO SO MANY POOR THROW AWAY OPPROTUNITY for a LIFE OF CRIME?
Why? Because a life of crime, despite it's risks (jail/death) pays FAR BETTER than flipping burgers or being a barrista. CRIME has ALWAYS been an AVENUE chosen by MANY throughout recorded HISTORY. Right here in the US, we watched what waves of Irish, Jewish, Italian, (and many others) added up to, a TOTAL MIX like today!
Why we are focussed on SO MANY LOSERS who CHOSE CRIME OVER EDUCATION , and in doing so, choosing to totally IGNORE the MANY WHO DO MAKE IT out of poverty and contributing to society is LUDICROUS!
The ISSUE is CHOICES MADE by each and everyone of us as individuals.
Question Howard, what is the young Af. Amer. at UVA saying when he says he is "the only black on the honor committee..."?
Is he saying he is a token quota monger? is he saying he is good, so disregard his drunk and dislorderly conduct? Is he saying the School is RACIST and the fact that he is the ONLY BLACK on said committiee validates as much? Is he saying he has the right to behave as he wishes because he is black and, on the honor committee?
This false sense of ENTITLEMENT is where so many minorities go wrong. Sharpton has somehow convinced everyone that Whites are guaranteed a good life because of the color of their skin and likewise, blacks are not, because of the color of their skin.
It isn;t about race, it is about maximizing the opportunities you are given and beyond that, create for yourself. it is about hard work, very hard work and a whole lot of luck. Not everyone wins, in fact, few ever win in life the way they want too, but not trying = ZERO.
on my LL purchased , Carb 2 made in china, Bamboo Carnonate flooring.................no wonder it was on sale at 1.99 sq ft..clearance...bought last NOV, got around to it Feb 2015........just now putting baseboards in..........all for not...........
Customers see SBUX as their Starter for the day, or perhaps their escape between classes, work, or just a quick treat ........................I think it's fair to say that NO ONE goes to SBUX to be preached too.... enjoy their business..........respect their time...........their ideological freedom to think differently than you, this is America afterall..................RETIRE......go do your political thing.............STOP being a HIGH MAINTENANCE INVESTMENT consideration.................
Boomers and younger have had RACE rammed down our throats since day one. From the civil rights movement forward.the OVERWHELMING MAJORITY of WHITES never supported, never took part in.ANY RACISTS acts against ANYONE. Yet, it is we who the Howard Schultz' of the world are preaching too.
Yet we see a Black Ms America, predominatly Black Colleges......black bars/ clubs all over America.........and WE, the BOOMER generation has been asked. no, not asked, REQUIRED to pay more into taxes than ANY preceding generation and we have seen what entitlements have done............NOTHING.
Little Johnny is STILL OPTING out of School and into Gangs.for the quick BIG BUCK verses going about life like these handouts were designed to allow.
Simply put, when the Sharpton's of the US turn up their volume, helped by the MEDIA, these cries fall on deaf ears. Sure, the average person would love to help ANYONE and EVERYONE who is less fortunate, to a point. However POURING DOLLARS into what has become an ACCEPTABLE way of life for far too many..IE entitlements and then the real job, drug thugging or worse.............well, it gets old in a hurry and HAS NO WORKED.
Further, those turly in need of societies help, are denied what they really need because such programs are drawn thin asset wise because of the NUMBERS of recipients who have either given up or are fraudulently recipeitns of society's good will.
So Howard the preaching? save it for church. the LARGEST redistribution of wealth in HUMAN HISTORY has failed. I might also add, i see, hear, wittness ALOT OF HATRED TWOARD WHITES and virtually nothing but crying wolf from the Sharpton's, OBAMA's, and Holder's of the US.
LMAO! Wow, what an emotional RACIST who points his finger at others but only after using his dimmed mental ability to assume certain meaning! LOL!
Joeytee............go back to school , fool.............try and let someone, anyone, get inside your head and stop the crying wolf where no wolf exists. It is the entitled attitude of folks like you who assume anything said regarding race that differs from your own view is, RACISM.....sorry sport.....you need help, go get some.............you're blinded by your own hatred.
Yes, I believe so though if memory serves, when I asked if it was 1000 island decades ago, i was told it is sinilar to 1000 island.
Way back when, when MCDs brought the Big Mac to market, I was a teenager and the BIG MAC was the king of the burger patch! I remember asking for MAC sauce even when I was just ordering a few cheeseburgers...and MCDs obliged! Wow, what a tasty cheeseburger(s) experience that was........later...like within a year, I was told MCDs could no longer offer up only MAC SAUCE for those wanting it. of course this was back in MCDs discovery/growth period during the pinnacle of the Boomer generation and then over the next 30 years of Boomer/Family consumption via the DRIVE-THRU which it seems lasted up to the 10 cheeseburgers for 10 bucks era of the late 1990's and I think MCDs started it's slide soon after, when animal rights groups stood outside Drive-Thru's trying to embarrass those buying burgers.
This gace way to MCDs shift toward a more healthy....menu with broader choices salads...etc., etc.
I believe this is when MCDs really tried to change with the changing times and forgot the BURGER , shake, and fries is WHY people primarily went to MCDs.....now coffee/smoothies have added but everything else......is little more than INVENTORY cost IMHO......... .
Sorry for the diatribe.....it's interestting to see other burger places succeed while MCDs has it's head in the sand...fat, dumb, and happy..................oops......it's been awhile for even that feeling in Oakbrook, I'm sure....................MCDs made one very HUGE mistake in the restaurant business and that is it's attempt to become EVERYTHING to EVERYONE. In the process, they have even lost the Burger Mongers.........and thus, MCDs has given birth to it's own competition Nationwide as the ole burger shack tpe Mom and Pop caliber/quality/tasting Burger has proliferated thanks to boring ole MCDs offering. Even their new burgers look like gray hockey pucks half the time!
Hey wilddog, i agree,,,I was trying to minimize the articel addressing 3 cautions in the wind with what I think was omitted as postives from said article! Later............
AGREE though, anyone who is SHORT may end up even SHORTER! LMAO! All IMHO !
Love the coffee....love what you have donbe for shareholders but we all know SBUX has faced challenges along the way. As of late, you have become a liability. Love your innovation and leadership. I respect your will to change things in America that need changed BUT....shareholders have skin in the game and when you end up using a scorched earth approach to solving socail issues, you hurt ALOT of people.
If you want race discussions, talk to the biggest problem known to racial relations in almost a century, the entitlement king without accountability, SHARPTON.
Short of this, please call LArry Ellison, buy a race boat/ship..whatever.....and about 3 weeks before earnings and at least two weeks after earnings....go sailing and please don;t whip out these ideas that serve as obstacles. Respecting those who support you with their own hard earned money matters too. By the way Howard, most people don't have a racial problem however, it seems the hatred toward whites is higher than I have ever seen it and in the backdrop of more wealth than ever before, in human history being redistributed to the poor some real serious questions about how we do things need to be asked. This would be productive.
The biggest dilemma is the false notion of any race being OWED ANYTHING by anyone. This obstacle is what hurts so many poor and especially those who see their own skin color as a means of entitlement verses working for that american dream. AND frankly, too many of ALL RACES do make it out of the grips of poverty and entitlements to even consider blaming ones skin color as the reason for failure in this day and age. Too many opt for a life of crime and these are the PERPS of societies failures who SHOULD be the SUBJECT of any talk you want to initiate.
Diesel I hear what yer saying..and that's also kind of my point, the fat cats at the top of the union get paid whether labor does or not. So in the end, what good is a union when it comes to those front line working folks?
I have seen it happen time and time again because leadership has NO IDEA how to co-exist regarding the financial operation of whatever business/industry/corporation they have wedged themselves into and if Detroit doesn;t spell that out for you and others, than nothing will.
Union costs PREVENTED the auto industry from keeping up with the competition. IE, Auto majors in detroit had to compute labor costs/benefits which always increased...and lock in contracts for something as simple as a fricking turn signal arm on your steering column!
This actually happened! BMW and Mercedes had multi-function on their turn signal arm for ALMOST two decades before the US auto industry! IE turn signal, brights, window washer etc. This technology was adopted by BMW/Mercedes in the early 1970's and didn't appear in US auto's until IN ONLY SOME CASESthe late 1970's and 1980's.
Something so SIMPLE and it illustrates the IMPACT opf having a growing financial burdeb from UNION BOSS IDIOTS who can;t even balance their own personal checkbook and as I have stated many times over and again, their Daughter's still got to go to college. Labor itself couldn;t afford to even pay their mortgages and LOST EVERYTHING...and forget about sending little Susan to college if your were frontline labor in the auto industry when it finally died.
Stop giving Union leadership a pass on this because they are a group of self serving thugs.
in HUMAN HISTORY.
It's about CHOICES, not skin color. NO ONE is ENTITLED based on skin color, despite the likes of SHARPTON and others who argue such.
It's about choices. Dropping out of school, like a fool, cause it ain't cool............is where SO MANY of our POOR go wrong. From the bootlegging hills of W. Virginia to the minority ghettos of our major cities, CRIME PAYS.
Crime pays ALOT more than flipping burgers or becoming a barrista. the risks go without say but the temptation is ALL AROUND our poor neighborhoods. Fancy cars, ladies, never wanting for anything, not a bad life for a young kid!
Consequences are good for this criminal element in the sense that they are better off being caught by police than facing street justice.
If MCDs wants the easy re-entry into the burgerpatch, it should seriously consider BUYING out a few key competitors.......then perhaps cross-pollenating some menu items.....and adding supply channel advantages for both old and new parties in such a merging.
Keep old names of buyouts as well as management teams where possible and become a GE of fastfood! Build/expand the A-Z processes involved.....and consider other fastfood or PRODUCTs under the MCD umbrella...again..keep buyout firms name on the label....if choice is wrong,..build and spin-off.
I hate to say it and no insult to Kmart or Mcd's but it just isn;t COOL to go to either anymore and BOOMERs are seeking out the occasional unique burger players compounded by fewer burgers in the first place hacing given way to heathier choices...in casual-fast places beyond (again sorry- Denny's), Denny's!
MCDs has Sears Roebucked itself! I hate saying that because my Father worked at Sears for over 35 years.
It seems the pattern of OLD giving way to the NEW is simple....the New pick-up right where the OLD stopped innovating...and seriously modifying.changing to meet the times. While MCDs did so.........it added much to the menu at the cost of YIELDING to newcomers in the BURGER PATCH!
Identity crisis rules the day at MCDs...the most recent debacle.....of note................chicken wings. I don;t know the solution but it seems buying new players out in the PATCH, is a healthy start! NO, not WENDY's OR Burgerking!
Hey Smithman...not all of us who are "bashing" want to see MCDs fail. I grew near Okabrook, I knew more than a few who worked in Oakbrook. I would love to see MCDs turn a new leaf and it appears, the market is willing to do the same.
However after watching others, fall on their on sword publically by failing to change, you might say alot of us who are negative are trying to PROMPT serious change at MCDs in order to better reflect the MARKET they exist in now which as you know, is VASTLY different than even 10 years ago.
This is not the first dance where MCDs was a no show! MCDs has been through trying times like this before and came out on top, WAY ON TOP of the sector.
Just know that every company has folks in marketing who search for free feedback....who seek suggestions.....or even try to measure the mood-attitude toward a new food, commercial, you get the idea...etc. afterall, they would be fools not too!
So don't think for a minute just because you hold the stock, that negative comments are all intended to bring down the empire so to speak! Hopefully MCDs can regain its rightful place in Burger History by setting the pace rather than playing catch-up ball every 10 years!