Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Protesting That Leaves a Better Result Than the Left’s Protests

 

I really like this story. I’m sure the comments will be mixed: Pay, don’t pay, block the counter, set up a coffee stand outside, whatever.

I like what they did, myself.

Starbucks Employee Mocks Customer Wearing Trump Shirt, But Conservatives Have the Last Word

When a woman wearing a Donald Trump shirt was mocked by a Starbucks employee, word spread in the Charlotte, North Carolina community. Then, about 50 tee-shirt wearing Trump supporters met at the coffee house to show the business that conservatives can be coffee-lovers too. The protest, which they described as a “sit-in,” was peaceful and even fun-loving. (The protestors were quick to point out that they were actually paying customers, so they weren’t trying to hurt the coffee house’s business. In fact, they were increasing sales.)

(If they had done anything else, the MSM would have likely turned it into a story of the awful Trump Supporters.)

The protesters turned the tables on the company by ordering coffee and jokingly giving the names of Trump’s advisors instead of their own names. One person gave the name of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, another gave the name of Vice President Mike Pence, while another even gave the name Donald Trump. “They were very gracious about it,” Shellie Anderson told a local news station. “We just wanted to reverse the little negativity…It’s really good to come together and take something negative and just come in here and be respectful.”

According to the Miami Herald: “The group presented no demands. Instead, its members sought to take a stand against any business disrespecting customers based on their politics, said James Tatro, a MeckGOP board member who participated in the event… We wanted the staff to see that Trump supporters are just as human as anyone else,” he said.

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  1. outlaws6688 Inactive

    Thank you for the great story!

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    • June 29, 2017, at 8:21 PM PDT
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  2. Lash LaRoche Inactive

    Covfefe wins!

    • #2
    • June 29, 2017, at 8:30 PM PDT
    • 18 likes
  3. JcTPatriot Inactive
    JcTPatriot

    Mike LaRoche (View Comment):
    Covfefe wins!

    Yes Sir. I love me a good hot steaming cup of Covfefe.

    • #3
    • June 29, 2017, at 8:53 PM PDT
    • 9 likes
  4. Hypatia Inactive

    Great post.

    i hope some of them had on the best Tshirt I’ve seen:

    “If you don’t like Trump, you probably won’t like me. And I’m okay with that.”

    • #4
    • June 29, 2017, at 9:14 PM PDT
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  5. Underground Conservative Coolidge
    Underground ConservativeJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Clever response, yes. Excuses the disgraceful behavior by the employees, no.

    • #5
    • June 29, 2017, at 9:41 PM PDT
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  6. Columbo Inactive

    Love this. Capitalism trumps politically correct virtue signalling.

    The point proves that you can be proudly patriotic and supportive of our President. In public. Without fear of being singled out and mocked for holding beliefs that are not allowed to be uttered (or worn) in today’s Starbucks. These same free-speech-denying SBUX weenies who would scream at Augusta National Board members for whatever policies that they chose for their establishment, hypocritically have their own discriminating policies. The only difference is in their reaction to their own discrimination being pointed out, which consists entirely of moral preening, pearl clutching and overtly sensitive couch-fainting.

    I like this “protest”. Bold. Rich. Strong. Covfefe.

    • #6
    • June 30, 2017, at 4:56 AM PDT
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  7. Umbra Fractus Inactive
    Umbra FractusJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    This is what a “Happy Warrior” really looks like.

    • #7
    • June 30, 2017, at 5:58 AM PDT
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  8. Columbo Inactive

    Umbra Fractus (View Comment):
    This is what a “Happy Warrior” really looks like.

    I agree. I also wonder how the protest/dialogue might have gone if one of the Starbucks barista’s took exception to this “happy” display and wanted a confrontation. My guess is that the Happy Warrior would defend his/her beliefs boldly, unashamedly and robustly. With a smile of course.

    • #8
    • June 30, 2017, at 6:03 AM PDT
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  9. Titus Techera Contributor

    I thought this was foolish up until they gave Cabinet member names. That’s real comedy–that’s insight–it’s also a damn public good–you know, civic education!

    • #9
    • June 30, 2017, at 11:07 AM PDT
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  10. outlaws6688 Inactive

    Titus Techera (View Comment):
    I thought this was foolish up until they gave Cabinet member names. That’s real comedy–that’s insight–it’s also a damn public good–you know, civic education!

    Just sit in the corner and take it strategy!

    • #10
    • June 30, 2017, at 12:02 PM PDT
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  11. Titus Techera Contributor

    I don’t follow-

    • #11
    • June 30, 2017, at 12:13 PM PDT
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  12. outlaws6688 Inactive

    Titus Techera (View Comment):
    I don’t follow-

    You thought it was foolish until they used cabinet members name. That is the sit in the corner and take it strategy.

    • #12
    • June 30, 2017, at 12:15 PM PDT
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  13. Brian Clendinen Member
    Brian ClendinenJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    The real headline should be:

    How Classy People Protest

    • #13
    • June 30, 2017, at 12:17 PM PDT
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  14. Titus Techera Contributor

    outlaws6688 (View Comment):

    Titus Techera (View Comment):
    I don’t follow-

    You thought it was foolish until they used cabinet members name. That is the sit in the corner and take it strategy.

    Strategy for what?

    What is it that you want not to take?

    • #14
    • June 30, 2017, at 12:21 PM PDT
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  15. outlaws6688 Inactive

    Titus Techera (View Comment):

    outlaws6688 (View Comment):

    Titus Techera (View Comment):
    I don’t follow-

    You thought it was foolish until they used cabinet members name. That is the sit in the corner and take it strategy.

    Strategy for what?

    What is it that you want not to take?

    Never mind. Have a good day.

    • #15
    • June 30, 2017, at 12:23 PM PDT
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  16. Titus Techera Contributor

    outlaws6688 (View Comment):

    Titus Techera (View Comment):

    outlaws6688 (View Comment):

    Titus Techera (View Comment):
    I don’t follow-

    You thought it was foolish until they used cabinet members name. That is the sit in the corner and take it strategy.

    Strategy for what?

    What is it that you want not to take?

    Never mind. Have a good day.

    Huh. You, too.

    • #16
    • June 30, 2017, at 12:24 PM PDT
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  17. Titus Techera Contributor

    Brian Clendinen (View Comment):
    The real headline should be:

    How Classy People Protest

    Very well put–there’s gotta be some of that in these times–really, at all times…

    • #17
    • June 30, 2017, at 12:24 PM PDT
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  18. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher

    I love this. Uh, I’m not so sure I could even find 50 Trump supporters here in deep blue Seattle. Can we @larrykoler or @rushbabe49 ?

    • #18
    • June 30, 2017, at 12:41 PM PDT
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  19. Larry Koler Inactive

    I heard from an anonymous source here in Seattle headquarters of Starbucks that Howard Schultz gave the disrespectful employee a raise and a book deal. The person might get moved to Seattle to train people on this tactic against Trump.

    So these Trump supporters won’t have the last word on this. Not by any means.

    • #19
    • June 30, 2017, at 5:05 PM PDT
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  20. Titus Techera Contributor

    Maybe they can increase their numbers, encourage other people to do likewise. Lots of people who voted Trump probably drink Starbucks. I’ve got nothing against the ones who might now want to boycott the chain. Why not! But I hope these others guys also take their idea & run with it!

    • #20
    • June 30, 2017, at 5:40 PM PDT
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  21. Larry Koler Inactive

    Goldwaterwoman (View Comment):
    I love this. Uh, I’m not so sure I could even find 50 Trump supporters here in deep blue Seattle. Can we @larrykoler or @rushbabe49 ?

    Maybe 50 — just because there are always contraries in the mix of the population. But, not much more than that.

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    • June 30, 2017, at 7:17 PM PDT
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  22. CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member
    CB Toder aka Mama ToadJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Titus Techera (View Comment):
    I thought this was foolish up until they gave Cabinet member names. That’s real comedy–that’s insight–it’s also a damn public good–you know, civic education!

    What struck me about the story when I read it in the news was that I didn’t think that “Build a Wall” was an insult or mockery. I would have taken it as a statement of support. Perhaps that was how the barrista meant it?

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    • July 1, 2017, at 12:24 PM PDT
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  23. Titus Techera Contributor

    CB Toder aka Mama Toad (View Comment):

    Titus Techera (View Comment):
    I thought this was foolish up until they gave Cabinet member names. That’s real comedy–that’s insight–it’s also a damn public good–you know, civic education!

    What struck me about the story when I read it in the news was that I didn’t think that “Build a Wall” was an insult or mockery. I would have taken it as a statement of support. Perhaps that was how the barrista meant it?

    Good question!

    • #23
    • July 1, 2017, at 12:44 PM PDT
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  24. TempTime Member

    CB Toder aka Mama Toad (View Comment):

    What struck me about the story when I read it in the news was that I didn’t think that “Build a Wall” was an insult or mockery. I would have taken it as a statement of support. Perhaps that was how the barrista meant it?

    I think the employees laughing revealed the intent. I believe the woman stated she was laughed at, not laughed with. Maybe writing the name Build a Wall on her cup was an attempt to let her know of their desire to build a wall against her and to keep her out of Starbucks. I think they probably thought they were being very clever. I think they were just being rude.

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    • July 1, 2017, at 3:56 PM PDT
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  25. CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member
    CB Toder aka Mama ToadJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    PW (View Comment):

    CB Toder aka Mama Toad (View Comment):

    What struck me about the story when I read it in the news was that I didn’t think that “Build a Wall” was an insult or mockery. I would have taken it as a statement of support. Perhaps that was how the barrista meant it?

    I think the employees laughing revealed the intent. I believe the woman stated she was laughed at, not laughed with. Maybe writing the name Build a Wall on her cup was an attempt to let her know of their desire to build a wall against her and to keep her out of Starbucks. I think they probably thought they were being very clever. I think they were just being rude.

    The woman’s say-so could be mistaken. It is not a good idea to take offense on someone else’s say-so.

    It is really not difficult at all to misinterpret the reason a person is laughing.

    Sometimes it is because they are mocking you, but sometimes it is because they like what your shirt says.

    Not one news story I have read makes it clear that the barrista said anything rude other than “Build a Wall” on the receipt, which is not actually rude. It could even be seen as a password among Trump supporters. Last summer, were there not huge rallies of tens of thousands of people chanting, “Build a wall!” over and over?

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    • July 1, 2017, at 4:02 PM PDT
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  26. TempTime Member

    CB Toder aka Mama Toad (View Comment):

    PW (View Comment):

    CB Toder aka Mama Toad (View Comment):

    What struck me about the story when I read it in the news was that I didn’t think that “Build a Wall” was an insult or mockery. I would have taken it as a statement of support. Perhaps that was how the barrista meant it?

    I think the employees laughing revealed the intent. I believe the woman stated she was laughed at, not laughed with. Maybe writing the name Build a Wall on her cup was an attempt to let her know of their desire to build a wall against her and to keep her out of Starbucks. I think they probably thought they were being very clever. I think they were just being rude.

    The woman’s say-so could be mistaken. It is not a good idea to take offense on someone else’s say-so.

    It is really not difficult at all to misinterpret the reason a person is laughing.

    Sometimes it is because they are mocking you, but sometimes it is because they like what your shirt says.

    Not one news story I have read makes it clear that the barrista said anything rude other than “Build a Wall” on the receipt, which is not actually rude. It could even be seen as a password among Trump supporters. Last summer, were there not huge rallies of tens of thousands of people chanting, “Build a wall!” over and over?

    The possibilities are endless! And generally irrelevant; Starbuck’s is reported to have apologized: that’s good enough evidence for me that there was some action taken that warranted an apology — in Starbuck’s opinion.

    I am not attempting to be contrarian, rather I think the point of OP was to illustrates a good example of how to engage with others who may have differing opinions in a positive, peaceful manner and build goodwill. That’s all. I don’t see any value in second-guessing the folks who were actually on the scene or to question their interpretation of the events.

    It all ended very well all around for everyone. This is very good. Let’s focus on that.

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    • July 1, 2017, at 5:41 PM PDT
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  27. drlorentz Member
    drlorentzJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    CB Toder aka Mama Toad (View Comment):

    Titus Techera (View Comment):
    I thought this was foolish up until they gave Cabinet member names. That’s real comedy–that’s insight–it’s also a damn public good–you know, civic education!

    What struck me about the story when I read it in the news was that I didn’t think that “Build a Wall” was an insult or mockery. I would have taken it as a statement of support. Perhaps that was how the barrista meant it?

    Gee, I don’t know. The headline of the article you linked includes “barista mockingly writes.” All the other news reports characterized it the same way. No one came forward to dispute the details. Starbucks apologized. There’s really not much room for ambiguity.

    One can rarely be 100% certain of news items but this one hardly seems to be a fit candidate for skepticism. What would it take to convince you? A signed affidavit from the barista, perhaps?

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    • July 1, 2017, at 8:12 PM PDT
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  28. Snirtler Member

    Underground Conservative (View Comment):
    Clever response, yes. Excuses the disgraceful behavior by the employees, no.

    Pleased to see conservatives give an example of graciousness.

    Larry Koler (View Comment):
    I heard from an anonymous source here in Seattle headquarters of Starbucks that Howard Schultz gave the disrespectful employee a raise and a book deal …

    Vexed to see the example was lost on their opponents.

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    • July 1, 2017, at 9:53 PM PDT
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  29. CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member
    CB Toder aka Mama ToadJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    drlorentz (View Comment):
    Gee, I don’t know. The headline of the article you linked includes “barista mockingly writes.” All the other news reports characterized it the same way. No one came forward to dispute the details. Starbucks apologized. There’s really not much room for ambiguity.

    “All the other news reports” were from one single source.

    Starbucks’ standard apology did not say that the barista mocked or slurred or insulted or anything else. No wrongdoing was admitted, simply that the company was disappointed that the customer did not have the experience she wanted.

    We failed to meet this customer’s expectations of us, and we have apologized and are working directly with her to make it right. This experience is not consistent with our standards or the welcoming and respectful experience we aim to provide every customer who visit our stores. We have spoken with our store partners about this situation and are using this as a coaching opportunity for the future.

    I am always skeptical about what I read in headlines, but perhaps I am just a weary old cynic and really headlines are always true. Food for thought…

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    • July 2, 2017, at 3:17 AM PDT
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  30. drlorentz Member
    drlorentzJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    CB Toder aka Mama Toad (View Comment):

    drlorentz (View Comment):
    Gee, I don’t know. The headline of the article you linked includes “barista mockingly writes.” All the other news reports characterized it the same way. No one came forward to dispute the details. Starbucks apologized. There’s really not much room for ambiguity. [emphasis added]

    “All the other news reports” were from one single source.

    Starbucks’ standard apology did not say that the barista mocked or slurred or insulted or anything else. No wrongdoing was admitted, simply that the company was disappointed that the customer did not have the experience she wanted.

    Occam’s Razor. Sure, there can be a vast conspiracy of silence, everyone going along with a bogus story reported in dozens of outlets (even across the Pond). Or maybe it’s just true.

    CB Toder aka Mama Toad (View Comment):
    I am just a weary old cynic..

    Oh, I doubt you’re more cynical than I. You’re almost certainly not older. ;)

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    • July 2, 2017, at 10:03 AM PDT
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