Are you a Starbucks Fan? Well, CEO Howard Schultz just gave us another reason to visit the ubiquitous coffee chain. Towleroad.com reports:
At the company’s annual meeting Wednesday, shareholder Tom Strobhar suggested that the boycott had indeed bled the company of value.”In the first fill quarter after this boycott was announced, our sales and our earnings — shall we say politely — were a bit disappointing,” he said.
CEO Howard Schultz shot back that the decision to back gay marriage was not about the bottom line, but about respecting diversity. He said the company had delivered a healthy return last year, boycott or no. “If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38 percent you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much,” he said, to loud applause from the audience.
Not to mention the fact that any given Starbucks in a rural area is the place to find progressive folks and the gays…