[1/30/17] Some Starbucks customers are threatening to boycott the coffee giant after its CEO took a stand against President Donald Trump’s executive order barring immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the US.
On Sunday, Starbucks announced it planned to hire 10,000 refugees worldwide in the next five years.
“We are living in an unprecedented time, one in which we are witness to the conscience of our country, and the promise of the American Dream, being called into question,” CEO Howard Schultz wrote in a letter to Starbucks employees about the plan.
While many customers were immediately supportive of Starbucks’ actions on social media, others threatened to boycott after the letter’s release.
“Upon hearing about your decision to hire 10000 refugees instead of Americans I will no longer spend any money at Starbucks,” one such Facebook user wrote on Starbucks’ page.
Many said they were angry that Starbucks was hiring refugees instead of veterans. Starbucks, however, does have a program in place to support veterans and their families, hiring 8,000 veterans and military spouses since 2014.
Starbucks has no plans to end its program to hire veterans.
— Barbara (@nickberoxbe1989) January 30, 2017
Other users said the plan to give jobs to refugees would make it harder for Americans to get jobs. The 10,000 hires will be spread out over the 75 countries where the company does business.