It's not Erick or customers branding Starbucks as the "Liberal coffee shop"----it's Starbucks management. I think most of us know the CEO and Leftist social justice crap he spouts don't represent most of the people who own Starbucks franchises, or work in the stores, and we understand that they are the ones who suffer because of the idiocy of the upper management.
I am not a big coffee fan, have to have it tarted up to like it. I've liked Starbucks mostly because it is so convenient. Unless you are on I-70 driving across Kansas, you can always find a Starbucks, and if you put enough vanilla syrup and steamed milk in the coffee it's pretty good. I don't hang out in coffee shops with a book or computer, but I could see wanting to do so if out of town, and I've often met people for business at a Starbucks because, as I said, they are everywhere. But I want a clean shop, a clean bathroom, and a fairly quiet and respectful clientele.
I did quit going to Starbucks when the CEO fired an employee for following company rules and calling police on non-customers who refused to leave. Not HER policy, but company policy. They tried to paper over it by sending her to another store, later, but when the CEO threw her under the bus by telling the entire country that he had proof she had acted out of racial bias I decided not to make him one penny richer. People make mistakes, and sometimes people do stupid things. But spinelessly pandering to the mob, and acting as if it represents a sincere moral principle, turned my stomach.
And I don't like my money helping fund a political system I know is vile, brutal, inhumane and violent, even though it hides behind all sorts of pious platitudes and wonderful promises. I've done my homework. I know what the Left is, and I won't support it, even indirectly. I didn't care if the CEO is an idiot, but when he put his whole company on the line to defend an indefensible political system, even though on the surface it was "just" about a mob howling over an imagined insult, I walked.