Tuesday, April 17, 2018

CNN and Starbucks: They Both Got it Wrong

Say you're a moderately wealthy motel owner.  You own The Blue Moon motor hotel, which consists of a detached office with living quarters and twelve individual bungalows.  The bungalows rent for $24 a night.  Business is good, especially on the weekends.

Two people arrive at your motel.  They make themselves comfortable in one of your bungalows (number 10, if it matters) and when questioned by the manager, they explain that they just want to sit a little while.  Fine, you say, but that will cost you $24.  They refuse to pay and refuse to move.  They just want to sit a little while and talk, and dirty the room, dirty the bathroom, and maybe make off with a few motel towels.

This scenario has been a real problem lately.  People wanting to sit and rest up, dirty the room, but not pay any rent.  You call the police to have them evicted, and suddenly you're the bad guy.  How dare you?  These people weren't doing anything wrong!  You're a racist, insensitive misogynist and we all hope you die in a fire!

Which is what happened to a hapless manager at Starbucks.  Keep reading for a racially insensitive, highly biased review of the entire Starbucks fiasco.

CNN published A video of black men being arrested at Starbucks. Three very different reactions. by hate mongers Kelly McCleary and Amir Vera. Here's Amir Vera on FuckBook From FuckBook: I'm an asshole associate writer for CNN Digital. I post original content as well as stories and videos that catch my attention and promote hatred for anything remotely white.

From the CNN article, quoting Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross:
In a statement on Facebook Live, Ross said that Starbucks employees called 911 to report a trespassing complaint.
The employees told officers the two men wanted to use the restroom but were told the facilities are only for paying customers. The Starbucks employees then asked the men to leave, but they refused, Ross said.

Stop right there.  This is not a public park, this is a privately owned business. A large business, but a business nonetheless.  The management of that business has the right to demand that customers be just that - customers.  No parasites allowed.  Rude or disruptive behavior should not be tolerated.  It is if blacks are involved, but it shouldn't be.

Since the parasites refused to leave, the manager did the right thing.  He called the cops.

Officers responded and asked the men three times "politely to leave the location because they were being asked to leave by employees because they were trespassing." When the men again refused to leave, they were arrested "without incident," Ross said.
Three times?  The police were showing a lot of restraint here.  I would have asked once.  Maybe twice if I were feeling generous.  Never three times.

The men were taken to a police station and released when it became clear Starbucks didn't want to press charges.
Which was the first mistake made by Starbucks and marked a short descent into screaming protesters, rioting, and a display of hatred for Whitey.  Affluent Whitey.  The Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson should be pilloried, burned in effigy, and be required to ride along with Philadelphia Police while they patrol some of the choice sections of the city.  At night, in the summer.  Then let him come back and jerk the carpet out of under his employees when they follow common sense standard operating procedures.

Then there's the interview on NPR with Rachel Martin, NPR's Official Talking Head, and Rosalind Brewer, Starbuck's Chief Operating Officer.  Break out the bullshit repellent.

From Starbucks Executive Weighs In On Arrests Of 2 Black Men:

NPR MARTIN: So there are protests this morning. We've seen video of people in Philadelphia chanting, Starbucks coffee is anti-black. In a statement over the weekend, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said, quote, "Starbucks stands firmly against discrimination or racial profiling." Is that an acknowledgment that race was a factor in the employee's decision to call the police?

BREWER: So Rachel, first, let me start off by saying that just watching that video was quite painful. You know, as an African-American executive myself with a 23-year-old African-American son, it was very difficult to watch. The police should not have been called in this situation. And this is a teachable moment for all of us. And we take full responsibility to make sure that our company remains great. You know, good companies acknowledge their mistakes, and learn from them and then make the necessary changes to become a better company.

NPR MARTIN: So what changes need to happen? If you say the employee was not following company protocol when they called the police, what needs to change?

BREWER: Well, you know, one of the things we're looking at is, you know, this is a time for us to look at policies, to look at our training and development, to look at, you know, our store managers and give them the required skills that they need. And we're doing all of that. We're looking at ourselves first and saying, how can we be better, and how can we do better? - and to make sure that we've got the right policies and practices around our stores.

NPR MARTIN: So you think this is just a one-off, or there just isn't enough vetting in the hiring practices? I mean, are you saying that this employee was acting out of some kind of racial discrimination against these two people?

BREWER: You know, it would be, you know, easy for us to say that this was a one-employee situation. But, you know, I have to tell you, you know, it's time for us to - myself included - just take personal responsibility here and do the best that we can to make sure that we do everything that we can. For instance, we - unconscious bias training is critical and top of our list, one of the things that we want to make sure happens in this situation. We'll have to move forward from this and learn from it.
I can just imagine the IOC from the Starbucks CEO to Brewer.  "Just get out there and jerk 'em off.  Make them hate us less than they already do.  You know?"

So, you know, what this incident has manged to do is instigate a new round of protests from the BLM, NAACP, and a half-dozen other hate groups who have never once been asked what would satisfy them, the answer to which is - nothing.  They want to protest and maybe start a riot.

It's also given the SJWs, Moonbats, Snowflakes, and BLM members a brand new catch-phrase to fixate on: Implicit Bias

Implicit bias is the automatic associations people have in their minds about groups of people, including stereotypes. It forms automatically and unintentionally, but results in attitudes, behaviors or actions that are prejudiced for or against a person or a group of people.
"The nature of implicit bias is such that you cannot subjectively experience when it's influencing you," said Jack Glaser, a professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

Oh, U of C at Berkeley. Well, this is gospel.

The lesson learned from this incident is easy: Don't own your own business unless you want to cope with BLM, etc., et al.

The real truth is that implicit bias, profiling, and recognizing danger when you see or hear it is what keeps you alive.  Take me, for instance, a fat old white man with a nice car, and have me drive around a rough section of Columbus, or maybe better yet, Whitehall.  The cops will pull me over because I don't fit the neighborhood demographic.  They're right, too.  I don't fit the demographic.  I look every bit as out of place as a rhinoceros in a petting zoo.  I'm either up to no good (likely) or I'm lost - in which case I'm ecstatic to be pulled over before some local shoots me for being the wrong color.

It's almost noon and I'm sick to death of idiots. I'm tired of being hated because I'm white, and relatively affluent.  Meaning I have a comfortable lifestyle that is significantly better than living in the ghetto.  I'm just not able to tolerate this incident and others like it as well as I used to.  Old age, I guess.

The mistakes in the way Starbucks handled this are legion.  The one mistake the conservative Right is making is a huge one - the Right is not attacking the Left, and it should.  This mistake is going to cost the U.S. plenty in the years to come.  Thankfully, I probably won't be around to see it, given my August years and my lifestyle.

Well, the sun is over the yard arm.  Here's how!


Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

I don't agree with you that they were in any way trespassing. They told them they were waiting for a friend. When the friend got there they would order coffee. These were financial investors who happened to be black. If these had been white people this wouldn't have happened. Period. You aren't hated because you are white, perhaps for thinking so, but not because of. The manager was wrong, Starbucks shouldn't be punished for an idiot who works there. I would bet this isn't even a Starbucks store, just a franchise/franchisee. But everyone made this about Starbucks when it should have been about the manager.
And your story on the hotel was so off the mark. Apples and oranges. They were sitting there and one needed to use the restroom. That happens in our store daily. When you have to pee you have to pee. But saying they were making it dirty and a mess is off the charts wrong. No one was in a hotel room using the bed and towels. And now I dare you to drive your car through what you deem a bad neighborhood and let's see if you get pulled over. Wanna make a bet?
Yep, you're old I get it, you have old ideas. Your time has passed my friend and it has nothing to do with age, just mentality. If you think this is a right or left issue you are the problem.

CWMartin said...

"These were financial investors who happened to be black. If these had been white people this wouldn't have happened. Period." So, Peggy, they should have been allowed to break the rules of the business they were visiting, just because they were "investors"? What the hell was so hard about buying a stinking cup of coffee and then giving the police lip about it? It was NOT a fricking library. It was a BUSINESS, there to MAKE MONEY. They had the whole rest of the world to go pee in if they were too cheap to by something. The management had every right to boot them.

Oh, but they were BLACK. And that means that they don't HAVE to live by whitey's rules. I am well over being sick of that shtick. You can say it's not a right or left issue, but you are full of crap. It is this liberal "bend over for the black guy because he's so persecuted" garbage that now has many of the koolaid-swallowers thinking they should be able to do ANY thing, ANYwhere, at ANYtime. Let me clue you in. My property, My business hours, MY RULES.

And no, if you have a problem, it should be with Starbucks' rules about restrooms. The manager didn't write them, the company did.

In short, you were completely wrong about just about everything you wrote. At least you kinda covered yourself on your name, lol...

Bob G. said...

Mad Jack:
Amen to what you said.
It's another marvelous example of the whole "entitlement" mentality that too many of our society suffer from (much of it seems terminal to a large extent).
---Years ago, Wifey and I were at a local BK when a black "patron" got PO'ed at something (probably an order) and started a row with a black employee who came over the counter to keep the first black from assaulting the manager (who was a white female).
---Similar scenarios happens almost DAILY in many service businesses in a lot of cities across the nation.
And, it's all FB fodder for the mush-minded.
---Frankly, I'm sick and tired of such behavior.
Follow the RULES...whoever the hell you are. It's NOT going to kill you and might even make you a better person for doing so.
Very good post.

Stay safe out there.

Mad Jack said...

Thanks guys. Here's a hoist of the afternoon bourbon glass and a tip of the old fedora to both of you.

I don't know how she found this place, or who left the cage door open. I suppose I really don't care - she isn't all that bright, and she's a little crazy. Okay, just plain crazy. I wrote about it in today's post.

Again, thanks for jumping in.

Andrew said...

I don't know how many times I've gone into black-owned businesses and been refused service because I'm white. Happens all the time in the liberal racist city I live in.

What? I can't get bbq or catfish or greens or need inexpensive big-butt shorts because I'm white? Guess so.

I never have called the local media to report any of the many times I've been openly denied because I'm white.

These people need to get over themselves.

Andrew said...

And Marge, if they were just waiting, then they should have had the courtesy not to occupy table space after they were asked the first time, or gone and bought something.

It's like those stupid scenes in stupid movies where one person goes into a restaurant to meet someone at 6pm, occupies a table, orders a water and waits till the place closes before leaving. In reality, after an hour, the restaurant should have booted the hapless love-lost idiot out the door and charged them a fee for sucking up precious space.

Seriously. No justification for the 2 'blacks' actions. Lack of courtesy and respect, and, of course, there happens to be someone to 'video' it all. Bah! No setup there. It's like only watching the portion of the Rodney King video where the cops finally press his thug ass down to the ground (most of the 'strikes' were actually presses, not full-power hits) rather than watching the full 5 minute video (which I've seen) where he refuses to follow any requests or commands, yells at the cops, and actively resists, thusly justly getting only a quarter of the beat-down he richly deserved.

Hey, I have a thought. Why don't people post videos of black people acting like polite, courteous citizens? And then have the national disgrace of a media spend two weeks talking about it. How about pointing out the BLACK man who fought the white Waffle House shooter was the hero, rather than just reporting a man fought the white shooter, as the media does. It's okay to mention race when they act up but not when they act normal? WTF? Come on here, I've seen better reporting from a Clinton campaign rally (okay, that was a major exaggeration, but maybe y'all get the point I'm trying to make.)

Mad Jack said...

You nailed it with the Waffle House shooter. That man is a real hero.