It enriched Howard Schultz, its longtime CEO (but not one of its founders), to the tune of billions of dollars such that he is considering running for president in 2020 as an independent. Leftists generally oppose such a candidacy by Schultz, in part because it would split the anti-Trump vote and enable Trump to win easily.
On July 9, 2018, Starbucks announced it would phase out plastic straws by 2020. It stated that they would use strawless lids, paper straws, or compostable plastic straws. This will make it infinitely difficult for many people with physical disabilities to enjoy beverages if there is no plastic straw option.
On July 4, 2019, six officers from the Tempe Police Department were asked to leave, or move out of the customer's line of sight by an employee after a customer complaint about "not feeling safe" because of the police presence. Rossann Williams, the executive vice president, issued a public apology 3 days after the incident on July 07, 2019.
Starbucks business declined 6.8% after it switch to an open bathroom policy.