Starbucks has since responded to their critics with a simple message: "Check your facts."
"We would like to set the record straight," veteran Starbucks workers wrote in a statement. "In November 2013, Howard and former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates announced Starbucks' commitment to hire 10,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years.
"Howard and his wife Sheri visited military bases to get to know our nation’s service members. They poured substantial personal financial resources into their own family foundation to design plans for transitioning service members. Starbucks established military family stores at over 30 bases around the country. Howard encouraged Starbucks senior leaders to visit our military bases and get to know our military on a personal level, knowing it would lead them to hire more veterans and their spouses."
The statement went on to explain that the coffee giant has hired more than 8,800 veterans and veterans' spouses within the first four years of its pledge.
"Without question we will reach the 10,000 goal early, and we will keep going," the company said of its 2018 goal.
The Utah-based company, founded two years ago, has a more than 50 percent hiring rate of veterans as employees, according to Fox News. Seven team members are listed on the company's "Meet the Team" web page.
"We hold true to our values as conservative, pro-military, pro-law enforcement,and pro-2nd Amendment American citizens and never waiver in those values in order to simply make the maximum amount of profit," executive vice president and chief operating officer Scott Bollinger wrote in his bio on the company website. Bollinger wrote that he served in the United States Army Special Forces for 24 years before retiring as a command sergeant major of a Special Forces Group.
Black Rifle Coffee, which sells roasts like the "Caffeine and Hate," "Coffee or Die," "Murdered Out" and "Girls for Gunslingers" blends, does not have any brick and mortar stores, but products can be purchased online on the company's website. The company also sells T-shirts, hats, mugs and other apparel and gear.
The event formerly known as Home World has a new name and new location.Get totally inspired for spring as you find hundreds of ways to improve your home. Make your home the one you really want. Show open daily duringmall hours. Admission is free!
Landscaping and Outdoors
Get ready for Spring and Summer and transform your outdoor space into something that feels like you’re on vacation
Make sure to visit our demonstration stage during the entire show. There will be exciting demonstrations on how to re-purpose and design thanks to Monarch Market Affair.
Meet Barry Williams from The Brady Bunch
Join us as we welcome Me-TV superstar Barry Williams who played the iconic Greg Brady from The Brady Bunch TV Show. Meet him and get an autograph on February 10th stage side at center court in front of Macy’s.
The line will start forming when the Mall Opens, and Barry’s First appearance will be at 11 a.m.
Come prepared with your camera or cell phone for the Meet and Greet.