by Amna El Tawil
While we should help everyone in need, it seems like good deeds can’t go unpunished and, nowadays, trying to do something nice for others, give them hope, is a subject of harsh criticism. The best example is Starbucks.
The coffee giant made major news when outgoing CEO Howard Schultz pledged that the company would look to hire 10,000 refugees in its stores worldwide, including some who have helped the U.S. military, in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order to bar entry of refugees from several predominantly Muslim countries. The statement from Schultz—who also sought to reassure his employees after Trump’s immigration ban—was one of many public statements made by high-profile CEOs. The tech industry has been especially vocal and executives from other industries are just now starting to weigh in.
Unfortunately, Starbucks found itself in a tweetstorm that could have been seen from a mile away. #BoycottStarbucks was the highest trending topic on Twitter. As usually with these divisive topics, a group of Twitter users are pledging to stop supporting Starbucks, while those supportive of the refugee hiring news say they will buy coffee and food from the restaurant chain to support the move.
What’s ironic in all this is that Starbucks pledged to employ refugees WORLDWIDE, not in the US primarily. Even more shocking is the fact that humanity is significantly regressing nowadays when people refuse to help refugees. It makes you wonder who you’d feel when you leave a war-torn country to save your life and everyone else refuses to help.
As mentioned already, people called for boycott
While President Trump is working to get Americans jobs, Starbucks CEO wants to hire 10,000 refugees.
What about us?#BoycottStarbucks
— Scott Presler VA (@ScottPresler) January 30, 2017
While Trump is creating jobs for struggling Americans, the left is cheering Starbucks for giving 10,000 to refugees. #BoycottStarbucks
— Jeremy Nolt (@RealJeremyNolt) January 30, 2017
Because they would rather hire refugees than hard working Americans! Ridiculous!
— Kyle Ellis (@kylee2118) January 30, 2017
#boycottstarbucks overpriced unamerican liberal garbage.
— Frank Hernandez (@frankhdesign) January 30, 2017
At the same time, others applauded Starbucks’ pledge
People want to #BoycottStarbucks because Starbucks is hiring 10,000 refugees?? To those boycotting: I'm curious, as humans, why this is bad?
— Chris Klemens (@ChrisKlemens) January 30, 2017
Boycotting Starbucks for trying to help refugees facing certain death is like boycotting Mother Teresa or the Red Cross. #BoycottStarbucks
— Impeach Donald Trump (@Impeach_D_Trump) January 30, 2017
Thank you, @Starbucks CEO for committing to hire 10,000 refugees.
To all those tweeting #boycottstarbucks, thanks for the shorter line.
— nikita (@nikitakhara) January 30, 2017
GOP: Make refugees contribute to the country!
Starbucks: lol k here's 10,000 jobs for them
GOP: wait no not like that#BoycottStarbucks
— Brandon Sugars (@bcsugars) January 30, 2017
Republicans: Special snowflake liberals?????? can't handle the real world!
also Republicans: #BoycottStarbucks approximately 6 times a year
— hannah utter (@utter_hannah) January 30, 2017