I don’t make a habit of photographing my food or drinks, and I certainly don’t post them for others to be subjected to, but the cup of Starbucks in this picture is significant because it will be my last.
I ignored the fact that Starbucks uses GMO products.
And I rolled my eyes when Starbucks tried to ram race issues down my throat.
But now I discovered something about my favorite coffee chain that is too egregious to look past; too evil to ignore.
When I learned of this news I was eligible for one free drink as I had reached my buy-twelve-get-one-free benefit of being a Starbucks gold card member. So this past week I redeemed the free drink owed to me and will allow my gold member status to elapse.
My decade-long relationship with Starbucks is officially over.
You can’t boycott everything, you say.
I am not one known for boycotting businesses I don’t agree with. And I know that this coffee behemoth isn’t even going to notice my absence (nor care), but there’s a bigger issue here. This is not about boycotts, it’s about conscience.
Just like I wouldn’t have been able (in good conscience) to patronize a company that was directly supporting the execution of “undesirables” in Germany in the 1940s, I can no longer support my favorite coffee establishment knowing that they are directly supporting the execution of “undesirables” in America in 2015.
So this week I enjoyed my complimentary venti java chip frapuccino with toffee nut syrup as one relationship ends, and a new one begins. I say goodbye to Starbucks and hello to local coffee establishments.
If/when Starbucks drops their financial support of abortion, I may consider returning, but until then, thanks for the memories.