May 30, 2018

“This is really like Scientology”: INSIDE Starbucks sensitivity training workshops

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

A couple of months ago, two men sat down in a Starbucks in Philadelphia. They didn’t order anything. In fact, they brought in their own bottled water.

A Starbucks employee asked them if they wanted anything, and they said no. They were there for a business meeting. They were just enjoying the place.

But they weren’t paying customers — so Starbucks called 911. The men who were handcuffed and arrested were black. It was caught on tape, and of course it went viral.

I don’t think that Philly Starbucks should have called 911, and I don’t think the cops should have used handcuffs, based on what I saw in the cell phone video.

But the answer is clearer standards, not no standards.

The two men did the media circuit — with a lawyer — and the politicians got in on it. And they came to a confidential settlement with Starbucks.

That settlement included Starbuck's promise to shut down the chain for one-day employee reeducation. That's 27,000 Starbucks locations around the world, and they happened yesterday.

Tonight I'll show you clips of the official video Starbucks released about it. You may think it's satirical, but it isn't...

I didn't understand a word of the gobbledegook they were saying. This really is like Scientology.

For instance, Starbucks has named yesterday as some sort of holy day: They call it "5/29." We say "9/11," to sanctify that horrific day of the attack. Tradition names important days like Christmas and Easter and Remembrance Day or Memorial Day. But now the Starbucks cult has their new holy day.

Starbucks become this weird place where guilty white millionaires pay race hucksters huge cash to come up with non-solutions to non-problems, and non-solutions to real problems.

Wouldn’t it be great if Starbucks collapses upon itself, and drove its customers back into the arms of independent, local coffee entrepreneurs? 

And if Starbucks became, by wonderful accident, the world’s largest, private corporation that turned into a homeless shelter, providing free facilities for the marginalized in society...?

NEXT: Aaron Wudrick, the Federal Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, comes on to talk more about the Liberals' purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline.

THEN: Comedian Glen Foster (a.k.a., "That Canadian Guy") will be performing at The Rebel Live this Saturday. Tonight we talk about political correctness in comedy.

FINALLY: Your messages to me!

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commented 2018-06-02 21:54:48 -0400
Yep, Corporate has no strategy to deal with mainliners who use the diaper change table as a shooting gallery….sounds like employees who catch junkies are expected to turn around and walk out. Hey parents, don’t change your baby’s diaper at Starbucks…

Hobos using Starbucks to sponge bath and shave shouldn’t pose a problem for paying customers now should it?!!!
commented 2018-05-31 14:12:00 -0400
Breaking: The Boy Blunder has gotten us into a trade war with the U.S. over steel. Great, we are taking a pea shooter to a nuke fight.
commented 2018-05-31 11:13:26 -0400
Space Moose all of these monopolies are a part of global corporate power. The new world government is run by these giant corporate monopolies. The pathetic politicians are working for them not for us. . Don’t underestimate their power.

(I still want to see what’s in Morneau’s pocket. Speaking of pathetic politicians)
commented 2018-05-31 10:25:24 -0400
Spot on, these social justice warriors are the evangelists of the new religions filling the space where personal spirituality, as well as organized religion used to reside in the hearts of the people. The monopolies, the Starbucks the facebooks, googles etc., are the priests, and the sucked in, are the disciples.
Wake up kiddies! You are being recruited for duty to help institute a global corporate government. Is that really what you want.

Danger stranger, children. Or was it the generation previous to the millennial’s who we taught that to. All of these new ‘religions’ are corporate CULTS!!
commented 2018-05-31 09:45:25 -0400
Starbucks coffee tastes like burnt tin! I predict that many who are addicted to Starbucks swill will be diabetic down the road! And not to mention that a long with their terrible coffee, you have to listen to their political posturing. I feel sorry for their staff taking orders, because it isn’t just black coffee or cream and sugar anymore, they now have to listen to the customers rattle off ten things that they want in their coffee. And if they don’t get it right their customers have a melt down. Does anyone remember when you could get a good cup of coffee for 10-cents, and be left alone to enjoy it?
commented 2018-05-31 09:15:12 -0400
SPACE MOOSE commented 6 hours ago
Starbucks is a victim of some sort of shakedown and left wing media frenzy.
Wrong again. Starbucks IS a leftwing enterprise who couldn’t put on the hair shirt fast enough. Nobody forced this on them.They chose to engage in this bit of self-flagellation.
commented 2018-05-31 09:15:05 -0400
I think this was a sophisticated set-up by all involved to manipulate public opinon. They wanted to roll out their brainwashing re-education points. It’s political propaganda that’s being forced on employees. I’m not buying that what they’re selling!
commented 2018-05-31 09:15:00 -0400
Nuts! The whole thing is nuts! People used to be taught this bible verse: Do onto others as you would have them do onto you. Matthew 7:12. This was my sensitivity training! Now, of course, everything is crazy and over the top. The “Police” were the ones that decided to handcuff these men. Not the Starbucks manager. Calling 911 was ridiculous. Common sense is completely a thing of the past.
commented 2018-05-31 08:07:21 -0400
When in a coffee shop, buy coffee! Race is completely irrelevant here. A coffee shop is not a public park. The employee was correct in calling the police to have the individuals removed (although they should not have used 911 since it was not an emergency). The police also asked the men 3 times to leave or buy something and they refused. So it was right that they were removed and they deserve no sympathy. Ezra is judging the ‘handcuffing’ by Canadian standards – in the U.S. it seems to be common practice to handcuff people, sometimes even before they are asked any questions – possibly for safety reasons. It would be interesting to know what kind of business meeting a man goes to dressed in a sweat suit to a Starbucks. In any case, if Starbucks were to work on improving their coffee quality and correcting the information that it is Fair Trade (I read only 5 % of it is Fair Trade) with the same gusto as this campaign, they may start producing something worth buying.
commented 2018-05-31 03:03:32 -0400
Starbucks is a victim of some sort of shakedown and left wing media frenzy. Right wing media should be defending Starbucks for being targeted for fake racist accusations.

So Ezra hates both Starbucks and Tims. I wonder where he goes for coffee.

Come to think of it, I am surprised Ezra did not start a boycott of Starbucks like he did for Tims.
commented 2018-05-31 01:51:47 -0400
A pipeline owned by a government run by anti-oil activists – what could go wrong?
commented 2018-05-31 01:18:26 -0400
ooops Starbucks deserves all the trouble they get from this.
commented 2018-05-31 01:18:03 -0400
Hope their customers enjoy junkies in the john LMAO! Starbucks deserves
commented 2018-05-31 01:05:42 -0400
Ezara, Justinass now controls the oil. He can stop it flowing through like the guy in Russia. Baby it is cold outside.
commented 2018-05-31 00:54:42 -0400
What about sensitivity to white folks? Suppose those men were white? We have a restaurant in Redwater which won’t allow non-paying customers to sit in their seats, even when business is slow. If I were the correct colour, I could take them to court and put them out of business. But I’m the wrong colour, the wrong gender, and a conservative so those three strikes mean i’m out.
commented 2018-05-31 00:52:31 -0400
Well, after all, it is 2018 and we know what justinass thinks of oil. I am going to make a stab in the dark at what I think justinass is up to. Let’s say that justinass wants to be our leader for life. He enjoys the holidays he gets and the fact that he does not have to pay for anything and does not have to touch his daddy money is a plus. Okay, things he needs to live the good life. Getting elected. Change the voting system, Done 2 putting us in a massive debt. Done 3 Open Borders and ISIS and MS-103 and thousand more to kill our health care and schools and welfare and finally, we become a shit Hole Country and what does a shit hole country nee. A dictaor. Justinass.
commented 2018-05-31 00:15:57 -0400
Andy Stephenson is getting very close to losing his mind. Check out the 28 May article. Don’t let Andy to close to a window ledge. On second thought maybe use him as chum bait in front of the asylum.
commented 2018-05-30 23:32:10 -0400
I’ve never been in Starbucks. Probably never will. I quit Tim’s few years ago. I thought Roseanne’s tweet was funny and accurate. Ideologies, despite her ethnicity wrapped into a person is what her drug induced psychosis identified.
Don’t shut up. Don’t quit
commented 2018-05-30 22:36:39 -0400
What’s the big deal about the Liberal Government overpaying Trans Mountain 1 billion dollars for the pipeline? At least it’s just a one=time payment (not counting twinning the line, but they’ll never do that anyway). They overpay the CBC 1.5 billion every single year. On a side note, when I worked for the BC Forest Service they spent $560,000 refitting a Forest Service crew boat called the Hecate Ranger and then sold it to a private sector company for $80,000. Governments are so good at financial management.
commented 2018-05-30 22:36:25 -0400
That Starbucks Corporate language in the actual boardroom video, is just more Politically Correct, Left WingNut, White Bafflegab used to justify what they are doing and why on an issue that doesn’t exist.
That Third Space is the Empty Cavity between their ears. They serve coffee and treats, they are not spiritual leaders, social workers or a political party. Maybe what they should be doing is concentrating on getting my order right next time.
commented 2018-05-30 22:25:18 -0400
Went to Starbucks once , disgusting coffee ,have never been back
commented 2018-05-30 21:33:28 -0400
SPACE MOOSE commented 42 mins ago
I just went to Star bucks today. Expensive but tasty.
Somebody has to pay that money to Planned Parenthood. Good job, Space Moose.
commented 2018-05-30 21:03:40 -0400
- You can dot all your “i’s” & cross all your “t’s” with the left & it really means nothing if they’ve decided to target you. They likely chose the most far left sensitivity trainers they could find. They will never be able to go far enough to appease the far left & now they announced that they’re an easy target. Starbucks has long been a far left company & now they’re paying the price. That price will just increase over time. I’d boycott them but I never go there in the first place.

- The Liberals are a bunch of eco-activists & crooks. They botched the entire energy portfolio & now they’re going to stick taxpayers with the bill so their lapdogs in the media party can tell the people who still listen to them that the Liberals saved the pipeline.

- It must be hard to be a comic in a post-joke world. Looking forward to seeing Glen on Saturday.
commented 2018-05-30 21:00:48 -0400
Breaking: Katie Hopkins was just on Tucker Carlson Tonight and participated in a hard hitting interview concerning Tommy Robinson. The Judge in Leeds made a huge mistake. Tommy Robinson is a far bigger threat in jail than out on the street. As Katie indicated, if Tommy Robinson is killed in jail, his blood is on the hands of the UK government.
commented 2018-05-30 20:59:41 -0400
Re. the two Black men in Starbucks, the way Whites are having to apologize and bow to other races in N. America, this may have been a scam or set-up. Perhaps the employee that called 9-11 was in on it.
Notice the Black guys were so quiet and didn’t get mad, which would be a normal reaction if you were being hand-cuffed for doing nothing wrong.
I wish I could think of a plan to get a 6 numbered cheque in one day. I can’t do that with my White Privilege.
commented 2018-05-30 20:58:03 -0400
Starbucks might want to consider that they may be disrespecting customers who actually want to buy something in their locations, by letting people who aren’t willing to even buy a coffee in, to just sit there and take up space.
commented 2018-05-30 20:50:01 -0400
I just went to Star bucks today. Expensive but tasty.
commented 2018-05-30 20:41:15 -0400
I have made it very clear to the new owner of my neighbourhood coffee shop that when I walk in and see every seat occupied and half of those seats are occupied by non-paying customers who are just waiting for a bus or mooching the wi-fi or whatever, I will be taking my business across the street and maybe I will see you again in a month or two.
Funny thing, back in the early 70s when I was a high school student working in fast-food places, if somebody came in and took a seat and didn’t buy anything it would be only a few minutes before somebody invited them to leave and that somebody was much more likely to be a teenage minimum wage employee than a cop.