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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.

HoneyDragon Tue 16-Oct-12 23:04:13

My independent coffee shop does gingerbread lattes all year round!
They acknowledge the festive season by adding mulled wine instead grin

SlightlySuperiorPeasant Tue 16-Oct-12 23:04:34


Solopower1 Tue 16-Oct-12 23:05:17

Right. Starbucks won't see my heels for dust.

Nor will Tesco, Vodafone, Arcadia Group, Boots, Barclays.

Any more? What about Sainsbury's? Waitrose? How can we find out?

MrsKeithRichards Tue 16-Oct-12 23:05:51

Its all the questions in these places that burst my head. Regular or Grande? Skimmed of full fat? In or out?

Same with subway. What bread? Toasted? Cheese? Bag? Sauce?

Argh! I want a cup of Joe and a fucking bacon roll. Not the third degree.

<better suited to roll vans next to building sites>

Quip Tue 16-Oct-12 23:06:22

Tesco doesn't pay corporation tax either? Wtf? Yanbu. I like their Xmas coffee range I have to admit but I won't go there again.

toomuchmonthatendofthemoney Tue 16-Oct-12 23:06:41


SkippyYourFriendEverTrue Tue 16-Oct-12 23:07:23

" <Sulks> are we sure costa are any better?"

Yes, they are.

They are a British firm (Whitbread), they pay their taxes in Britain, AND their coffee doesn't like like burnt water!


May I recommend the Mango & Passion Fruit Cooler btw.

cantspel Tue 16-Oct-12 23:07:24

I have no idea what a gingerbread latte is so i am quite happy with my plain cup of coffee in a mug for 90p

Subways are local people though (dont want innocent companies boycotted) but yes too many questions.

Peachy Tue 16-Oct-12 23:07:54

Another who is in: I like my coffee- can;t drink tea, horrible without milk IMO- but will now go for either M&S or Costa (the other two options available in my local shopping centre, except for Asda anyway who make crap coffee and have enough ethical problems of their own).

MrsKeithRichards Tue 16-Oct-12 23:08:27

Glad Costa is ok. It's my wee hide out!

Peachy Tue 16-Oct-12 23:08:48

Given the site is it worth reminding people about the recent news that Costa is much higher in caffeine so worth being wary if pregnant (luckily my preggers days long gone)

MissPricklePants Tue 16-Oct-12 23:09:20

Oh yes Boots is another one I avoid, I don't bank with Barclays so easy to avoid that one. It is getting beyond a joke with all these large profitable businesses tax dodging. According to UK Uncut RBS, Natwest, Lloyd's, HSBC, Halifax, Cadbury's and Walkers also avoid paying corporation tax.

WineGless Tue 16-Oct-12 23:10:08

Peachy, am still boycotting M&s after Hooters scandal last year. My list of coffee shops is diminishing!

WorraLiberty Tue 16-Oct-12 23:10:35

I suppose MN is the wrong place for me to confess I only drink Nescafe and that happens to be made by Nestle?

Thought so blush grin

VivaLeBeaver Tue 16-Oct-12 23:10:51

I'd struggle to boycott Amazon.

MummysHappyPills Tue 16-Oct-12 23:10:51

Costa is also very bfing friendly, and do a mean babyccino complete with marshmallow on the side, so very toddler friendly too! grin

Think lobbying MPs is the way to go as its so widespread.

Jimmy Carr was deemed immoral. Is DC going to give a speech about all this?

MrsKeithRichards Tue 16-Oct-12 23:11:44

Sorry I'm not implicating subway as tax dodgers, just guilty of asking to many questions.

Our local one has been taken over by a new franchisee who doesn't supply hp brown sauce because subway don't. The last people just added their own shop bought hp to the selection but these new gits are sticklers for the rules.

It's a fucking outrage.

Sparklingbrook Tue 16-Oct-12 23:12:19

Costa is horrible. You need a bank loan to buy one of those coolers which is mainly ice. grin

BustyDeLaGhetto Tue 16-Oct-12 23:12:44

Starbucks coffee sucks anyway coffee expert face

I hate the place.

grin MrsKeith

MadgeHarvey Tue 16-Oct-12 23:14:14

I'm embarrassed for you worra grin - I'd rather admit buggering fluffy bunnies than drinking Nescafé.

halloweeneyqueeney Tue 16-Oct-12 23:14:46

I'm in

Costa mings, but agree that they are very breast feeding friendly, my local ones really are very kind to new mums and go out of their way to do table service and help you out

Peachy Tue 16-Oct-12 23:14:48

I can't boycott Amazon, one of our main income sources, we'd literally go bankrupt. I'll change my brand of coffee but I won't make the boys homeless!

M&S I could do I guess, I did for a while but have a poor memory (sorry)

Fave coffee shop is local village one, very nice <said in tone of Boris at Conference> but nearest town a bit lacking. Newport ahs a Wilkinson's coffee shop though, shame the staff are all bloody rude.

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