Starbucks, everyone’s favourite nipple-less mermaid merchants, have decided to move into the east end with a store in Whitechapel. It’s an area with a vibrant community of local cafés and small coffee shops, as well as being an area local to many Space Hijacker agents. As you can probably guess, we are less than pleased about our new neighbour…
We are worried about an oncoming blanding of local culture, as other multinational chains follow Starbucks into the area and attempt to gentrify it with their bland corporate décor, homogenous facades and tasteless products.
If you do find yourself thirsty in Whitechapel here is a map of local alternatives to Starbucks:
Nobody likes me, everybody hates me, think I'm going to go and eat worms...
A week before the new store opened we saw this poster pasted to the hoardings of the new Starbucks.
The text in the star on the right says
Not that we would condone such vandalism, but it did make us chuckle
Inviting customers and friends along, the Space Hijackers held a traditional east end knees up to give out a nice cuppa tea to everyone in the hope they wouldn't support Starbucks on their opening weekend.
Did you know, once upon a time, the starbucks mermaid used to have nipples?
Once the company expanded and became the global beast that they are now, they decided to lop off her nipples, chop out her belly button and hide her curves in case of offence!
Rev Billy (evangelical anti-corporate preacher and future mayor of New York) arrived in London to hook up with the Space Hijackers and Rhythms Of Resistance for actions and gospel concerts.