The American public continues to attack companies for their stance on the vaccine. On Wednesday Starbucks faced a wave of backlash after ending its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees following the Supreme Court ruling that overturned the policy issued by the government.
By Wednesday afternoon, #BoycottStarbucks became a trending topic on Twitter after users learned the coffee chain’s employees would no longer be required to have the COVID-19 vaccine.
The new stance comes after Starbucks revealed it would require its employees to either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or take weekly tests. In a memo sent to staff members on Tuesday, Starbucks Chief Operating Officer John Culver wrote, “We respect the court’s ruling and will comply.”
The following day, people took to Twitter to share their plans to boycott the coffee chain as positive COVID-19 cases fueled by the Omicron variant continue to rise.
“There are plenty of good reasons to not drink @Starbucks. Their product is overpriced and overrated. There are plenty of Mom & Pop coffee shops. Reversing their earlier policy to require employees to be vaccinated is another good reason to #BoycottStarbucks,” one user posted.
Another user noted that they were a loyal customer who would not return until the company requires employees to be vaccinated against COVID.
“I have been a gold star member of the @Starbucks rewards program for at least 10 years. I will not buy another item from your company until you reinstate the vaccine mandates. You’re jeopardizing the health of your customers. #BoycottStarbucks,” the user tweeted.
Last week, the Supreme Court reversed the COVID-19 vaccine mandate ordered by the Biden administration, which required vaccinations for companies with 100 employees or more.
Following the ruling, some large businesses went forward with enforcing the vaccine mandate while others, like Starbucks, scrapped plans to require employees to show proof of vaccination.