Amazon is not alone in its anger at Seattle’s plans. Starbucks took a moment away from signaling its virtue and lashed out at the city’s new tax. John Kelly, senior vice president, Global Public Affairs & Social Impact at Starbucks, said in a statement.
“This City continues to spend without reforming and fail without accountability, while ignoring the plight of hundreds of children sleeping outside.
If they cannot provide a warm meal and safe bed to a five year-old child, no one believes they will be able to make housing affordable or address opiate addiction.
This City pays more attention to the desires of the owners of illegally parked RVs than families seeking emergency shelter.”
Ouch! How long before we hear a new round of boycott starbucks?
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Despite Amazon’s decision to halt construction on a new tower and threats to sublease space in another newly built downtown skyscraper, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and the City Council have passed a controversial “homelessness tax” that will require the city’s largest companies to pay an additional $300 a year per full time employee based in the city.