After an alleged racist incident at a Philadelphia Starbucks, progressive CEO Kevin Johnson closed all U.S. stores for a May Day session so bigoted baristas could receive “sensitivity training.”
If Canadians were feeling smug about this based on the idea that racism, subtle or not, is an American thing, well, not so fast.
This coming Monday it will be lights-out for Canadian Starbucks stores, too.
A gushing article in Strategy magazine says closing Canuck cafes for a day is the “right” thing to do but cutting through the feel-good crapola, the REAL reason for these sessions is all about Starbucks covering its corporate arse.
Yet, there’s an unsavoury result in its incarnation as a Sanctuary Coffee Shop because far from being a safe haven, some have become dangerous realms for employees who are left to clean up ghastly messes thanks to the shop embracing the “no one is illegal” slogan.
Secure in their ivory towers, the likes of CEO Johnson will never be called upon to clean up the dangerous messes left behind at Starbucks restrooms.
Better the company throws its own employees under the bus rather than being perceived as politically-incorrect though.