Not messing around.
Just been into Starbucks for my morning coffee and spotted their well timed budget day price hike of 10c on talls and 15c on all other coffees. Very bad timing on their part and a bit greedy if you ask me. Think it might be time to start supporting the small independent coffee shops rather than the greedy multinationals. Thought it might be worth mentioning given their reluctance to give away food to charity too…
Bebhinn Farrell writes:
According to the Business and Compliance section of the Starbucks Ireland website; “Starbucks believes that conducting business ethically and striving to do the right thing are vital to the success of the company”.
Every single day at closing time, Starbucks throw away an incredible amount of perfectly edible food, mere minutes after it was deemed sellable while the shop was open for business.
Starbucks policy is that they will not donate this food, and must dump it all. This not only includes healthy and filling sandwiches, but sugary baked products that easily last for days.
Stats released by the Dublin Region Homeless Executive show that in almost half of all cases last year, people presenting for help at homeless services were new to the system. In Dublin alone, there are at least 7 new homeless people EVERY DAY. The rise of homelessness in Ireland is impossible to ignore.
All it takes is a senior staff member to sit down with a capable solicitor for an hour to alter food waste policy whilst ensuring that Starbucks are protected from any potential insurance issues or ramifications. Not only can they afford it, but it would be a serious investment thanks to the positive advertisement this potentially life-changing front line charity work would provide to those most vulnerable
We know Starbucks aren’t the only establishment with these “policies”, but they also have another great opportunity. To set an example. To actually live up to their claim of “doing the right thing”.
Bravo Starbucks Nutgrove. Had coffee ordered then saw wallet empty & she with purse was shopping. Coffee served, No problem sir, Pay later!
— Pat Brady (@Workplacesols) November 9, 2012
And give us one of those buns of decency.
(Hat tip: Finn McDuffie)
Via Eve Kearney
ENTERTAINMENT Enterprises, the entertainment and restaurant group run by brothers Colum and Ciarán Butler, has taken on the operation of all 27 Starbucks outlets in the Republic.
Up to yesterday, the brothers operated 10 of the outlets under licence, with the US multinational directly operating the rest.
The chain had just 19 stores in the Republic a year ago. It is intended that another will open shortly in the Stillorgan Shopping Centre, Dublin, also to be run by Entertainment Enterprises.
Staff were told the news yesterday. Starbucks-operated stores employ 210 staff. The number employed at the other stores is not known. There will be no job losses arising from the development.
(Sam Boal/Photocall Iteland)
Tonight I’ve learned some tragic news about Starbucks Ireland. I really feel for all their staff. Expect something in the news tomorrow.
— Patrick Mooney (@PatrickMooney) September 4, 2012