Thursday, January 18, 2007

Starbucks In The Forbidden City

There seems something wrong about a Starbucks in Beijing's Forbidden City. (image left by Wintermute) And I'm not the only one who thinks so. A Chinese television newscaster has called for the closure of the coffee outlet in the traditional home of the Chinese emperor, constructed beginning around 1420. I work in Center City Philadelphia and have a Starbucks about 450 feet from me right now. And another about 700 feet in the other direction. There are over 12,000 of these places worldwide. There is even one on Main Street in Moorestown, NJ in the old Moorestown Trust building. This guy has visited over 6,500 of the stores. I might go 3 times a week. I need help. He needs meds. Still, the ubiquitous coffee retailer seems to be out of place trying to worm its way into the Forbidden City. I know why they want to be there. 7 million visitors a year drink a lot of coffee. It's as bad as a McDonald's at the Pantheon. C
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