What's in your cup of Starbucks?
By Christopher R Rice
Starbucks is crack for white (sober) people. Loaded with sugar and caffeine, Starbucks is a sugar-loaded calorie bomb. Coffee is also a laxative, another reason for Starbucks success is meat eaters are always bloated. Starbucks drinks have three times the amount of sugar, caffeine and calories that an adult should consume for the whole day in just one cup.
A Starbucks grande coffee has 320 milligrams of caffeine, over four times the amount of caffeine in a Red Bull.
The Starbucks cinnamon chip scone has more calories than a McDonald's quarter pounder with 480 calories.
Starbucks uses over 93 million gallons of milk per year, enough to fill 155 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Starbucks uses 2.3 billion paper cups per year.
The caffeine in coffee acts as a laxative by causing contractions in the digestive system, eventually producing a bowel movement. According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, drinks containing caffeine cause the body to react much like a laxative would; however, exceeding two to three cups of coffee or tea daily can trigger diarrhea.
On average, Starbucks sells 4 million coffee drinks daily across the United States.
Starbucks Waste More Than 6 Million Gallons of Water a Day
Starbucks response: "Water is a key ingredient in our beverages and a necessity for operating our stores. We’re working to better understand how we use water, and how we can use it more efficiently. Much of the water in our stores is used to make coffee and tea beverages, and to run equipment such as dishwashers and ice machines.
In 2008 we set a goal to reduce water consumption by 25 percent in company-owned stores by 2015. For the first three years, we saw a reduction of more than 20 percent in our water use as a result of several proactive measures, including a successful rollout of a hand-metered water system to replace our "dipper wells" and the installation of a low-use water faucet. In 2011 we saw water consumption increase 5 percent over the prior year, moving our total decrease to almost 17.5 percent."
Starbucks goes through 4 billion to-go cups annually but most of them end up in the landfill. Why? Even though these cups are mostly made of paper, these single-use items are almost never recycled or composted because they are lined with plastic.
Starbucks under fire over holiday cups that 'feature same-sex couples' hands'
By Mythili Sampathkumar, The Independent
Starbucks' new holiday cups are coming under fire - for possibly depicting the hands of a lesbian couple.
The holiday cup line was launched with a commercial showing a range of ages, races and sexualities. It ends with two women embracing over a cup of piping hot coffee.
While it was celebrated by many, the simple display of inclusiveness has - sadly and predictably - led to outrage from some of the more closed-minded parts of the web.
BuzzFeed wrote that “while people who follow both Starbucks holiday cup news and LGBT issues celebrated the video, the ordinary Starbucks customer probably didn't realize the cup might have a gay agenda.”
The campaign's opening line read: “The holidays mean something different for everyone.”
But one Twitter user quoted a Bible verse as a criticism of the campaign, writing: “the new Starbucks cup has lesbian couple on it. Rom 1:26 ‘because of this, God gave them over to shameful lust'…”
And others used a clip for the ad or picture of the new cup with the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks and some made it a political statement.
Starting to look like it will be a homemade cookie #Christmas instead of #ChristmasShopping for #BoycottNFL shirts, #BoycottKeurig pods and machines, #BoycottStarbucks cups.
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VIDEO: Police Officer Caught With His Pants Down … Masturbating At Starbucks
A police officer was caught masturbating at a table in a local Starbucks. The Camden Metro Police officer is accused of performing the act inside a Camden County Starbucks in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.
The incident occurred last year but Lt. Benito Gonzalez who supervises the department’s narcotics unit, plead guilty to lewdness charges Monday.
Lt. Gonzalez is accused of pulling down his shorts last May, and masturbating at a table inside the store. He was off-duty at the time, and no one at the Starbucks knew that he was a police officer until after the fact.
Camden Metro Police Chief Scott Thompson said that the decorated lieutenant was suspended without pay. He called the allegations “deeply troubling.”
“We are deeply troubled by the allegations of this off-duty conduct,” Thomson said in a statement sent to local NBC 10. “A swift and thorough investigation is being conducted. We are working to ascertain all of the facts in this matter with Cherry Hill Police Department and the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office.”
After the Monday plea, Gonzalez is now set to appear at an administrative hearing. The police hearing will decide whether or not he will be suspended from his job at the department.
According to the police report, Gonzalez allegedly pulled down his shorts and exposed himself at the coffee shop, “knowing or reasonably expecting that the act was likely to be observed by a non-consenting person who likely would be affronted or alarmed.”
Gonzalez left the shop, but a Starbucks employee reported the incident to police immediately, said company spokeswoman Laurel Harper.
“Our top priority is to provide a safe environment for our customers and employees, and we take all reports of inappropriate activity in our stores very seriously,” she said.
Gonzalez was charged with a disorderly persons lewdness offense, according to a Cherry Hill police spokeswoman, Lt. Amy Winters. “The investigation is still ongoing,” she said.
Police initially posted a photo of a man, who they identified as Gonzalez, with his pants down inside the Starbucks on their Facebook page. They later took it off however and are now using the picture as evidence.
Gonzalez is participating in a dismissal program that took effect in January 2014 and covers eligible defendants who commit a disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offense.
He will be monitored for one year on probationary status, and if he commits no additional infractions, the judge could dismiss the lewdness charge, the Courier Post said.
Six months after that, Gonzalez could apply to have the criminal charge expunged from his record.
One Sip of the Unicorn Frappuccino Might Give You Diabetes
You should be aware of exactly what you put into your body — and when we heard the news that Starbucks would be releasing a Unicorn Frappuccino, our first thought was, "holy sh*t, that's gonna be a sugar bomb."
The crème-based blended beverage has no coffee, so the entirety of the drink is cream, ice, and LOTS of added sugar. For reference, the recommended max sugar intake for a woman is 25 grams per day. Now, without further ado, the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino nutritional information.
As a grande drink will run you 59 grams of sugar — more than double the daily recommended amount (think about that: two days worth of sugar in just one drink), be sure to enjoy this "magical" concoction with moderation.