Not just in this incident, in which Palestinian sympathizers trashed a store in London, but Starbucks is also derided by a certain class of people who have a habit of verbalizing the overpriced coffee store's name with a set of sneer quotes around it.
Starbucks has, for some reason, joined the likes of McDonald's, Coca Cola and Wal-Mart in the Corporate Hall of Shame. The first two have been consigned to that neighborhood because they sell POISON to the CHILDREN. The last because it sells to cheap consumer goods to those obese children and their even fatter parents.
But Starbucks sells expensive coffee and coffee paraphernalia to the middle and upper middle classes. Plus, Starbucks adds its own idiotic lingo, shrouds the whole coffee-making process in mystery and ritual and natters on about its corporate social responsibility ad nauseum. The sneerers usually love that shit.
So why all the Starbucks hate?