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... ask MNers to boycott Starbucks?

(806 Posts)
legoballoon Tue 16-Oct-12 22:44:10

Personally, I won't be spending any money there again.

When I read the 'we pay our fair share of tax' statement, I almost choked on my (home made) hot chocolate. It's one law for the rich, another for us now is it?!

I think we should support small, UK-based independent coffee shops. Let's support businesses that generate wealth that is shared by local people.

YANBU. I'm in

legoballoon Tue 16-Oct-12 22:45:36

Go Mumsnet!

<Clutches thermos of tea> Really I have one, it's very posh. See here.

MissPricklePants Tue 16-Oct-12 22:46:45

YANBU I will add them to my boycott list!

WorraLiberty England Tue 16-Oct-12 22:47:45

Am I weird? (rhetorical question so no pushing and shoving at the back!)

I live in a london borough and yet I've never been inside a Starbucks or a Costa in my life blush

BestestBrownies Tue 16-Oct-12 22:47:47

I already do (boycott that is) as I hate everything the company stands for and they only ever serve lukewarm, ridiculously overpriced drinks. In fact, I don't tend to waste my money on crap coffee when out full-stop.

BestestBrownies Tue 16-Oct-12 22:49:15

oooh, very posh MrsT grin

larks35 Tue 16-Oct-12 22:49:22

YANBU. Quite easy for me as after one over-priced, diluted mud-water I experienced several years ago, I've never been to Starbucks since.

YANBU.....14 yes FOURTEEN years they've got away with this.

If we each write or email.the CEO it.will have huge impact too.

Go on you nest of vipers do your worst best !!

PhyllisDoris Tue 16-Oct-12 22:50:55

I would boycott, but I've never been in a Starbucks so it wouldn't make much difference! With you in spirit though.

edam Tue 16-Oct-12 22:50:59

Good idea. If enough people stop buying coffee from chains that don't pay their taxes, maybe we'll get some small independent shops opening up that do actually pay UK taxes. Some of them might even serve decent coffee...

VivaLeBeaver Tue 16-Oct-12 22:51:07

I'm in. Love my frappuchinnos but will frequent neros or costa from now on.

Eurostar Tue 16-Oct-12 22:51:22

I already choose independent where possible ever since I read about Starbuck's alleged strategy of moving into new areas where a financial loss is predicted in order to kill off independent competition (they had the financial clout to sustain the losses), which would turn to gains once they had the local market to themselves.

As chains go, Cafe Nero seem to at least do good things for the local community, I wouldn't be surprised though to hear that things are not as they seem.

Hear, hear

It's awful coffee anyway

WorraLiberty England Tue 16-Oct-12 22:52:07

Oh I'll just have a nice cup of home made tea with PhyllisDoris then grin

edam Tue 16-Oct-12 22:52:32

(I know lots of companies do this - Amazon for one - but Starbucks could be the poster child for tax-dodging multinational corporations that think they can enjoy a free ride at the expense of ordinary people who have no choice but to pick the slack.)

expatinscotland Tue 16-Oct-12 22:52:52

I haven't been in one in donks, anyway. Over-priced.

Viviennemary Tue 16-Oct-12 22:52:53

Yes I will. But I was looking forward to the gingerbread latte. Still I might get one somewhere else.

pinkteddy Tue 16-Oct-12 22:53:03

Count me in.

Home made tea <chants> home made tea <stamps feet> home made tea.

MadgeHarvey Tue 16-Oct-12 22:53:54

Starbucks coffee is just brown pisswater anyway - won't be a problem not going there.

Shouldn't we all be drinking tea really?

Something about austerity and tea bags seem to go together. Perhaps because you can reuse them? (Note: I do not. Yuck. But I could, I guess.)

PumpkInDublic Tue 16-Oct-12 22:54:44

I'm in.

I'm in, who wants my gingerbread syrup recipe?

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