THE FIVE

Starbucks: Can You Spare 5 Bucks?

Coffee giant asks customers for donations to create jobs

 

This is a rush transcript from "The Five," October 5, 2011. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GREG GUTFELD, CO-HOST: Starbucks is now collecting donations to spur job creation. They'll be working with the Opportunity Finance Network -- sounds complicated -- which provides credit to community businesses. Donors who give $5 get a wristband -- yea.

This is all happening shortly as Starbucks Howard Schultz asked fellow CEOs to boycott donating to politicians until they stop fighting over spending cuts and just give in to President Obama. Maybe this tip jar for America will help the country, but I hope it helps Starbucks, too. Have you been there lately? It's now morphing into your public library, each table manned by latte lapping hobos picking away at their laptop for hours. It's where the resumes go to die.

Anyway, it's hard to take Schultz's gripe about Republicans seriously when Starbucks is asking $85 for its stained t-shirt. They are selling a shirt with a fake coffee stain to celebrate 40 years in the business. So why not give the shirt away instead of wristband? The shirts cost more and Starbucks would go broke, kind of like when America spends more than it takes in, Howard.

ERIC BOLLING, CO-HOST: Were you paying attention?

BOB BEKCEL, CO-HOST: I was. I was asking who Howard is.

(CROSSTALK)

I want -- sorry.

GUTFELD: Since you are already talking, I'll go to you. Give credit for Starbucks for trying to do something to change the world.

BECKEL: I couldn't agree more.

GUTFELD: I'm faking it, but I'm trying to be nice.

GUTFELD: I think it's wonderful thing they're doing, and it only underscores how little the rest of corporate America does to not --

GUTFELD: Wal-Mart is number one in corporate donations.

BECKEL: You know who they donate to?

GUTFELD: Satanists?

BECKEL: No, that would be wrong. To the Opera society.

DANA PERINO, CO-HOST: Hey, people need arts, too.

BECKEL: They do?

ANDREA TANTAROS, CO-HOST: Instead of spending $85 on a t-shirt, I went to Bob's hamper, everybody. And I found this. And to the highest bidder we are auctioning this off at $1. You don't have to have $85 of your own money. Just go into Bob's closet.

BECKEL: No wonder I was missing. You left your stuff at my place.

TANTAROS: You wish.

PERINO: What bothers me about this $5 --

GUTFELD: Thank you, Dana.

(LAUGHTER)

PERINO: You can always count on me.

So if you go in and you get, I never get these, a vente pumpkin spice latte -- it's like over $5. Then you give a tip. Then you give another $5 to create jobs. Who is monitoring the money? I would rather give $5 to a business that is going to invest. I would imagine Starbucks might invest in something worse than Solyndra.

(CROSSTALK)

BOLLING: At least private sector is trying to create jobs because Obama doesn't.

BECKEL: Why do people wait in line for the joint? Starbucks in the morning, there are lines. For what?

GUTFELD: It's coffee, Bob.

PERINO: People aren't paying their fair share.

BECKEL: The triple latte, half price --

GUTFELD: Did you get the CD that you get at Starbucks there? They're rejects from Lilith Fair.

BECKEL: Seriously, is there a reason why the rest of corporate America doesn't stand up? Wal-Mart and Starbucks, who else?

TANTAROS: This is political activism on the part of businesses. They typically want to stay out.

(CROSSTALK)

PERINO: Remember he had nationwide town hall. Everybody stop giving money to politicians.

GUTFELD: I want to switch gears and talk about this guy William Earnst. He owns convenience store. He sent a memo to employees basically created a betting scheme to bet on who he would fire next. We would dispatch secret shoppers to his stores to see how badly the employees were and he could fire them. And you could win money on this.

He got in trouble because some people quit and they wanted unemployment benefit and a judge found action deplorable. Does this constitute a hostile work environment if your boss bet on who is getting fired? I think it's kind of fun.

(CROSSTALK)

BOLLING: Say it, Bob. Say it.

BECKEL: This is clean. You shouldn't have taken the stain out.

First of all, this is the bet. Let's put this son of a gun in the freezer and see how long before he dies. We can take some bets on it. The employers put up $5.

(CROSSTALK)

TANTAROS: This is used in political campaign and used in the White House.

BECKEL: What kind of sick mind would do something like this?

PERINO: On the show "The Office," Michael, the boss, he would have done this.

GUTFELD: He would have done that. In an effort to boost morale he would think it would be a good thing to do.

BECKEL: Who owns convenience stores.

BOLLING: Don't, don't.

GUTFELD: This is the kind of answer nobody wants to hear.

BOLLING: Independent entrepreneurs.

GUTFELD: Way to go, Eric. Well done.

I'm going to get to the tease, saving you from apology.

BECKEL: I'm not apologizing to anybody.

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