The editors of USA Today may just be rethinking a question they asked readers in the wake of protests and a boycott effort against Starbucks.
“Is it ever OK to kick you out of a store?” USA Today tweeted Wednesday, asking readers for their view in light of the news that a Philadelphia Starbucks arrested two black men who were accused of refusing to leave after trying to use the store’s restroom without making a purchase.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) April 18, 2018
Even though the Starbucks employee who asked the men to leave was following a longstanding company policy, the arrest created a firestorm of backlash and cries of racism, prompting apologies from the coffee giant. Starbucks also announced it will be closing 8,000 coffee shops nationwide on May 29 to conduct “racial-bias” training for its employees with help from far left groups such as the Anti-Defamation League and the NAACP as well as former Attorney General Eric Holder.
USA Today readers responded to the tweet in resounding agreement.
how is this a legit question? yes it’s ok to kick someone out of a store. https://t.co/YudWSEkN5z
— xo (@sirensoIiIoquy) April 18, 2018
Not on the basis of race. https://t.co/VHMeJ5DXhA
— Victor Perri (@JaphyRyder) April 18, 2018
Yes. It is. https://t.co/mMc8qEzhZ1
— Sam ‘The?FOO’ Janney (@PolitiBunny) April 18, 2018
Yes, as long as the policy is stated openly and consistently and universally applied. https://t.co/IGPoxQeLAQ
— Avi Woolf, WTF Conservative? (@AviWoolf) April 18, 2018
Next question. https://t.co/lB5WxK2EwV
— \m/ (Ο﹏Ο) \m/ (@CargoShortLife) April 18, 2018
Of course it is. https://t.co/Be43bCjJsC
— Rev. Mauldin ? (@Reverend_Ducati) April 18, 2018
If you don’t own the store? Yes! https://t.co/PCoAUnfUBE
— Jim Treacher is a dumb pseudonym (@jtLOL) April 18, 2018
Easy answer – yes. https://t.co/EM8GC6CbZS
— Drunk Uncle Precision Strike (@UncleMarky1) April 18, 2018
Probably not the reaction USA Today was expecting, though the publication’s article noted that “there are a few acceptable reasons, but legally they had better be consistent and within store policy — and race is never one of them.”
Twitter users were sure to call out the left’s hypocrisy on the issue.
— Bill Toulouse (@BillToulouse) April 18, 2018
Homeless people – feel free to simply walk into @USATODAY ‘s offices & live there.
They have no rights to kick you out. https://t.co/VTodmSKIj8
— Robb Allen (the official Robb of 2018) (@ItsRobbAllen) April 18, 2018
I can’t wait for every business to turn into a homeless shelter/safe injection site https://t.co/V8es2F0oqm
— Kirtar (@Kirtar1) April 18, 2018
Oddly, no mention of the coffee shop that kicked out pro-life Christians, or those who’ve refused service to men and women in blue. https://t.co/EjfVdE1NJW
— Nieds Dead Horse (@NDH_j_m_f) April 18, 2018
“Starbucks did it. Is it OK to kick you out of a store?” was USA Today’s query. The answers were pretty clear.
Not sure pushing to end private property rights is where you want to go, unless writers at USA today WANT to let strangers demand to stay on their living room couch.
— (((David Maggard))) (@drm31415) April 19, 2018
On behalf of business owners everywhere: “YES, YOU BLITHERING IDIOT!” https://t.co/PBclKJHNDy
— Cardinal Curmudgeon (@Gimblin) April 18, 2018
Are property rights okay? Do I have to pay for this copy of USA Today? https://t.co/QcVDFXZ2Xu
— Anthony Bialy (@AnthonyBialy) April 18, 2018
This headline raises a question: Is it ever OK to hire the intellectually inferior to write for USA Today?
— Rolling Stone (@Rollingstone_13) April 18, 2018
What idiot would EVER raise that question? The only REAL question here is: why on God’s green earth is this tweet still active? You should have taken it down and fired whoever wrote it for gross stupidity.
— Al Saulinsky (@Al_Saulinsky) April 19, 2018
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