Mod note: Best of Eddie, this was originally posted on 3/25/13.
Howard the way he shut down an ignoramus at the Starbucks annual shareholder's meeting last Wednesday. came out in support of gay marriage last year which led to a boycott of the chain by the National Organization for Marriage. When Tom Strobhar, head of the anti-gay marriage Corporate Morality Action Center, commented that, "In the first full quarter after this boycott was announced, our sales and our earnings, shall we say politely, were a bit disappointing.", lowered the boom on him.is my hero of the moment for
"Not every decision is an economic decision. Despite the fact that you recite statistics that are narrow in time, we did provide a 38% shareholder return over the last year. I don't know how many things you invest in, but I would suspect not many things, companies, products, investments have returned 38% over the last 12 months. Having said that, it is not an economic decision to me. The lens in which we are making that decision is through the lens of our people. We employ over 200,000 people in this company, and we want to embrace diversity. Of all kinds.
If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38% you got last year, it's a free country. You can sell your shares in and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much."
In other words, sit down and shut the fuck up.
I'm particularly inspired by his response due to the fact that I had 400,000 nitwit lemmings protesting gay marriage on my front lawn yesterday:
I particularly love the sign across the street whose translation reads, "We want jobs, not gay marriage." I guess the building wasn't wide enough for a banner that read, "We want jobs with a 35-hour work week, 5 weeks paid vacation, 10 paid holidays, free healthcare, and a retirement age of 62, not gay marriage."
Anyway, my hat's off to Howardfor dropping the hammer on this goofball. History will not look favorably upon the people who come out on the wrong side of this particular debate.