Starbucks in Saudi Arabia by Alexander Hunter

When Starbucks meets Sharia

Welcome to Starbucks in Saudi Arabia. With your tall nonfat latte you will also get an extra special gift: a giant, steaming pile of gender apartheid.

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  • Mannie

    Meh. If you are going to do business in foreign countries, you must obey local laws. I don’t much like Starbucks, anyway, but the only argument should be whether they should be in the Nasty Kingdom at all. That’s a business decision, not a political one.

    • luna

      Saying it’s not a political decision is a bit of a cop-out, though that’s exactly what Starbucks PR will say. That’s exactly why they say they closed all Israeli stores in 2002.

      Business is often mixed with politics. I’ll give two examples: BDS & campaign contributions by heads of business.

  • simus1

    Foreign franchises in xenophobic intolerant places like saudi usually have powerful local “partners” who ensure no silly foreign ideas get imported along with the commercial product. Baying muslim mobs screaming about infidel haram products and practices are definitely bad for business.

    • pdxnag

      Even Communists engage in trade. Yet we found a way to halt the purchase of sugar from Cuba. Islam is no less repulsive.

  • mauser 98

    Starbucks is super pro gay

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      Gosh, it works out well that I can’t stand their shite coffee. I wouldn’t want to do business with Starbucks.

  • roccolore

    Liberals attacked Chick-Fil-A while giving Starbucks a pass.