Today I received a letter from Starbucks. In itself this wouldn’t have been too odd. But at the top said Settlement Of Class Action Law Suite, yes, that was the odd part. I couldn’t figure out why Starbucks of all companies would be having a class action suit, and I hadn’t heard anything in the news, but remember the first Starbucks down on Pike Street Market, I started to get a little curious, and so decided to read further. I have always considered Starbucks a front-runner in the areas of community involvement be the community a small fishing village in Northwestern Washington, or downtown Los Angeles, their corners are a little cleaner, their customers are smiling a bit wider, and their coffee brewing first thing in the morning is a smell that would make any coffee, tea or espresso lovers mouth water. Starbucks is one of those companies whom I feel has a model business plan. Leaders in their market, one of the first if not the first who came out with a Fair Trade Agreement with their Third World venders, providing a decent working wage for both those whom they buy coffee beans from and those they employ to service it, and employ folks they do. Starbucks currently employs 149,000 people. That’s just employee’s so that doesn’t count all the farmers around the world whom they purchase from providing income, into their communities,in the 55 other countries they do business with. It also doesn’t count the the (STARBUCKS)RED program that accounts for more than 18 MILLION daily doeses of medicine they give away. It doesn’t count their Ethos(r) water program, or their yearly ‘Starbucks Global Responsibility Report which includes Youth Action, the Starbucks Foundation, Create Jobs for USA Program, their Climate Change, Green Building, Water, Energy and Recycling and Reducing Waste Programs. It also doesn’t include their Ethical Sourcing, which I mentioned earlier and a whole Wellness program which supports the efforts to improve health of the communities they are doing business in.
Yes, I would say you really have to watch out for these criminal masterminds going to such lengths to fool the public into passive submission as Starbucks rakes the communities pockets clean, resulting in the class action lawsuit which brought against these earth-loving-environmentally-friendly-globally-aware-health-conscious-modern-day-scoundrals. Why, they only won the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” award from the Ethisphere Institute for the last six years in a row! How dare they bamboozle the public like this! My cat has worse ethics, and he’s a good cat.
The law suit/Consumer Litigation, names four industrious hard-working American Attorney’s: Bonnie Kurnick Jonah Cannon, James Kaen, and Rachel Wassel as the persons bold and strong enough to file this litigation, not due to some obscure but proper global trade agreement, not due to someone behaving improperly toward a youth as we hear about so much these days, not because they were running some illegal human-trafficking division through their global trade routes, no this scoop was even bigger, or rather it cost more. Yes, these four industrious average american attorney’s brought civil litigation to the front door and into the living room of the man who single-handedly revived the ceramics capital of america. Why you ask? I’m glad you asked that, I’ll explain to you why: because some customers who bought “scooped’ 1/2 pounds of coffee didn’t realize they had to pay 45cents more per pound so is that a 45cent up-charge, or a 27.5cent up-charge? ( It was always written clearly on the blackboards in the Starbucks I went in. Of course we are talking a cramped blackboard, but it was there! The Civil Litigation covers no health hazards because there aren’t any. The litigation covers no scandle because the founder of Starbucks is quite honestly, the one man I can think of that both Democrats and Republicans would fall over each getting into line behind him as their next president, but he’s way too ethical for politics, and unfortunately for us real average Americans. I’d be proud to have him as my president. He makes jobs, he forges life-time alliances, he creates trades, and employs everyone, the money he can’t spend he gives away and to top it off, he makes money hand over fist. AND HE”S ETHICAL ABOUT IT unlike some industrious litigators who by the way, will be raking in a measly 25% plus 12,000 for costs, plus administrative expenses of providing notice, and claims process, not to exceed 49,000. and so in total these 4 upstanding citizens will receive $494,256.43 for protecting us too-dumb-to-read-a-sign rest of us.
PLEASE SOMEONE OUT THERE HAVE AS PICTURE OF STARBUCKS CHALKBOARD WITH THE DAMN 45cent FEE ON IT.
I’m starting to hear the lions roaring in the background, so I need to be moving on rather quickly, before I go, just real quick, the link: We’re all invited to speak before the Judge at the hearing if we’d like to make a statement for or against this litigation. If I go and ‘get a little mouthy’ will anyone bail me out from my contempt of court charges? Yeah, yeah, I heard those hyena’s that time.. moving right along…
So hurry, hurry step right up folks and write to the Honorable Marsha J. Pechman’s Chambers and file your rebate for a maximum of $10.00 you might get back. Oh, and since this covers the years 2007-2011 (but only the scooped beans, in the 1/2 pound sale.) they are not going to require your receipts, just your sworn statement with approximate dates if you can remember and are willing to sign under declaration of purgery that you are approximately correct.
- Dates and deadlines
- What is the lawsuit about and who is in the class?
- What will class members get if the settlement is approved? What are the other terms of the settlement?
- What are my options regarding participation in the settlement?
- How do I submit a claim?
- Copies of court document
I entreat you to stop and think of the MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of Dollars this is Costing us ‘poor-too-dumb-to-read-a-sign-or-ask-when-we-are-over-charged’ Americans and the triple that it’s costing Starbucks which will result in what??? That’s right, .. If this suit goes through we’re all going to be paying $5.00 for a decent cup of coffee.
I’m practicing constraint today, or I could really start on a Rant about this. How we are required to be able to understand the 12000 pages of Health Insurance regulations for our policies, how we’re required to use multiple-operating systems, communications services, handheld and portable devices along with programming our damn VCR’s and to vote men into office and send our young people off to war, but those damn chalk-boards nail us every time.
God Bless America.
May 3rd, Judges Court Room, Seattle Washington, be there or be left out :)
No, this link is not to donate for my anticipated contempt of court fee’s, it’s just a petition, I figure if we could get a few million signatures that perhaps someone might listen to reason. I’ll wait until March to start with the I’ve-got-to-work-on-my-restraint-but-better-to-be-prepared-for contempt of court fee’s. Donations will kindly be accepted then.Additional statistical references used in this commentary found at Statistic Brain