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    1. I think you are confusing the UK subsidiary with the US parent company.

      1. Spanner1960 23 Mar 2013, 12:44pm

        No confusion. They are a wholly owned subsidiary, which means the parent company controls it.

        CEO Howard Schultz said that “not every decision is an economic decision.”, but avoiding tax sure as hell is.

  1. Paul Throp 22 Mar 2013, 6:19pm

    Love the typo of Earrings for Earnings

  2. While I commend his comments I am still not a fan of Starbucks.

    Didn’t Starbucks pay zero tax for years in the UK despite massive turnover, and only coughed up ‘voluntarily’ when engulfed in the big tax avoidance scandal.

    Doesn’t Starbucks also actively try to close down independent coffeeshops?

    Starbucks is like McDonalds in that it is on every high street in the country.

    I’m all for choice. But not if the choice is limited to 1 multinational company.

    1. I too detest Starbucks for taking over every neighbourhood, and also for promoting those ludicrous buckets with overheated, diluted espresso.

      But (*grudgingly*) good for them for taking a positive stance on equal marriage – they didn’t need to, and with their profile it can perhaps influence other multinationals.

    2. It’s interesting that you mention Starbucks try to close down independent coffee shops. So many people were opposed to them they knew they weren’t welcome in certain locations. So! they tried to re brand themselves as independent… beware and suspicious of Starbucks, they ar enot always what they seem!

  3. Well done Starbucks. Well done for sticking your neck out and facing up to the anti equality brigade amongst your shareholders.

  4. Bad coffee, dubious business and ecological ethics and lots more paper and plastic rubbish on the streets.

    1. I agree…

      As some have said here… it’s a stunt!
      I think that perhaps we may see lots of businesses
      supporting equal marriage… as more people in the
      general population support equal marriage…

  5. Publicity stunt.

    1. They have been supporting us for years, it’s not a stunt.

  6. I find them just as dubious as Dave C, but am happy to use the ‘support’, if it gets what we want- without endorsing either.

  7. Starbucks have agreed to pay tax here unlike amazon, give them a break especially as they support us.

    I would say that chick-fil-a made a bigger commercial mistake, how many branches have they lost now?

    Anyway, off for my Starbucks now :-)

  8. A lot of comments here sound like the sort of whingings we hear these days from ‘marginalised christians’. Who pays more tax than they absolutely HAVE to? Would you? Do me a favour. ‘Course you wouldn’t. If you don’t like the tax rules, lobby your MP to change them – don’t blame the businesses which legitimately use them to mitigate liabilities. Just be thankful a huge concern like Starbucks is on OUR side.

  9. Liam the God 24 Mar 2013, 2:55pm

    Seems reasonable: “If you don’t like it, fvck off!”. Now, if they can only pay their fare share of Tax in the UK I may even think about going into one of their shops. Not to BUY anything; just to go into one of their shops :)

  10. I don’t like their coffee (prefer Costa) or their tax avoidance in the UK.

    However, I do like the blunt way the CEO stood up to that shareholder, good on him!

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