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The Good and The Bad Of It All© By Felina Silver Robinson
In 2006, the Starbuck’s CEO told 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley of his humble beginnings. Today, he announces plans to offer college degrees to employees
Man allegedly apologized to Starbucks employee
Police said Richard Puopolo, 27, turned himself in to detectives Sunday night “after identifying himself on a surveillance photo posting.”
A second man, identified as Carlos Venable, 43, who is homeless, was recognized by police as a person wanted in connection with the robberies and arrested at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday in the Theater District.
The team may have struck as many as four convenience stores and one Starbucks in the downtown-North End area this weekend, police said.
The spree started at the Venice Market on Cooper Street in the North End around 4 p.m. Saturday.
About three hours later, a robber matching the same description hit the 7-11 Store off the Greenway.
The pair struck together overnight on Sunday at a 7-11 on State Street. Surveillance photos show the pair milling about inside before the robbery.
Four hours after that holdup, they ended up outside the Starbucks at 2 Atlantic Ave.
Puopolo allegedly told an employee he was robbing the store and demanded the money from the registers. “The barista complied and Puopolo allegedly took the cash before handing two $5 bills back,” the Suffolk County District Attorney said in a statement.
“I’m so sorry,” he allegedly said before fleeing with his associate. “This is for you guys.”
In two of the incidents one of them mentioned being armed, but never showed a weapon. Both men were arraigned Monday.
Police say robbers mentioned having gun
BOSTON —Boston police need your help finding two men wanted in connection to a robbery spree over the weekend.
About three hours later, a robber matching the same description hit the 711 Store off the Greenway. This time a clerk there said there was a black male lurking outside, possibly a lookout.
The pair struck together overnight on Sunday at a 711 on State Street. Surveillance photos show the pair milling about inside before the robbery.
Four hours after that holdup, they ended up outside the Starbucks on Atlantic Avenue.
In two of the incidents one of them mentioned being armed, but never showed a weapon.
Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Boston police.
Starbucks sued for trademark infringement
A New Hampshire maker of a coffee blend it calls “Charbucks” has prevailed in a trademark infringement case brought by Starbucks.
Black Bear Micro Roastery in Tuftonboro was sued by Starbucks in 2001 in federal district court in New York. Starbucks alleged that Black Bear’s use of the name “Charbucks” infringed, blurred and tarnished its famous trademarks.
Starbucks appealed to the 2nd U.S. Court Circuit Court of Appeals after Black Bear prevailed in district court. The appeals court agreed with the district court in a decision Friday.
Zack Hutson is a spokesman for Seattle-based Starbucks. He says the company respects but disagrees with the court’s decision.
He says Starbucks is a responsible trademark owner and was asking only for an injunction against the use of “Charbucks.”
NEW YORK (CNNMoney)
Starbucks is the latest big company to announce an aggressive push to hire veterans returning to the civilian work force.
The Seattle-based coffee chain said on Wednesday that it will hire 10,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years.
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates was appointed to Starbucks’ board of directors last year. He told CNN’s Poppy Harlow, “We know that many men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan have had a difficult time finding career-fulfilling kinds of positions. Over the next five years another million men and women will come out of the military and enter civilian life.”
Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz said his company also plans to open five stores on or near military bases that will share their profits with the local communities. And, he added, “as a small gesture,” all vets and their spouses will get a free tall brewed coffee on Veteran’s Day.
Other companies have launched ambitious plans to hire veterans, including UPS, JPMorgan and Walmart. Walmart, the world’s biggest retailer, has said that it expects to hire 100,000 veterans by 2018.
Veterans of the wars in Iraq and in Afghanistan have a higher rate of unemployment than the general population. The unemployment rate for the general population was 7.2% in September, according to the most recent government figures available, compared to 10.1% for veterans who have served since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Veterans are often lauded for their courage under fire and valuable combat experience. But many find it hard to translate their combat infantry experience into the civilian job market.
“Being the best mortar man in the best battalion in the world doesn’t mean a whole lot when you come out,” said Sean Parnell, veteran of the Afghan war and author of “Outlaw Platoon,” in an interview with CNNMoney last year.
Nonetheless, the unemployment rate for veterans has been declining in the last couple years.
Gates said veterans “bring with them extraordinary skills” including logistics, supply chain management and electronics, as well as leadership experience.
He said that matching these military skills to equivalent jobs in the civilian work place “does require a little bit of effort” but that “it can be done.”
The federal government provides a $9,600 tax credit to companies that hire veterans, but that program is slated to expire at the end of the year.
— CNN’s Poppy Harlow contributed to this story.