The Barcelona Starbucks

Posted on December 5, 2012

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After the general strike and riots of March 29, 2012, the mainstream media in Spain described a Starbucks that got torched as a “small coffeeshop”. This is a really common trick, to describe a multinational as a small, family owned business. If a small business truly is smashed in a riot (and this rarely happens), probably one of two things has happened. Either undercover cops did it to make common people angry at the rioters, or someone who used to work at the small business and was exploited or screwed over decided to take revenge—remember, not all family businesses treat their workers like family!

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