Or in other words….the consumer has lost their damn mind. We're now so trained that we come to the aid of corporate entities that have systematically run individual businesses in the ground. Instead of these people whining about loosing their Starbucks, how about pooling together and supporting a local small business to replace them. A new indy coffee shop would obviously be sucessful based on the amount of knuckleheads whining about loosing their morning ritual.
Cities, Customers Launch Save Our Starbucks Efforts – WSJ.com Now that Starbucks Corp. has disclosed the 600 locations it wants to shutter, a phenomenon is taking hold: the Save Our Starbucks campaign. In towns as small as Bloomfield, N.M., and metropolises as large as New York, customers and city officials are starting to write letters, place phone calls, circulate petitions and otherwise plead with the coffee giant to change its mind. "Now that its going away, were devastated," said Kate Walker, a facilities manager for SunGard Financial Systems, a software company, who recently learned of a store closing in New York City. Starbucks Closings: See a map with full listings of the scheduled store closings. Its an unusual twist in the saga of Starbucks, one of the fastest growing retailers of the past decade. For years, Starbucks gained attention when a town didnt welcome it. Independent coffee shops complained about the big-muscled competition, and residents bemoaned the erosion of local character. But ever since Starbucks announced this month that it would close 600 stores by early next year, as its business struggles, the rallying cause has switched to saving these endangered locations.