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Well, it looks like people aren’t that impressed with Starbucks new “blonde espresso.” Especially if it means the international coffee conglomerate will open new doors in Yosemite National Park. As reported, over 9,000 people have signed a Change.org petition this week to try and prevent Starbucks from opening a new location in the national park.  According to the petition, the Starbucks will be located in the Yosemite Valley Lodge. The petition also notes that many of the job postings have been removed since the petition has gained steam but it wasn’t clear if that was from the actual petition or if the jobs had been filled.

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“Multinational corporations have no place in our National Parks,” reads the petition. “The opening of a Starbucks in Yosemite Valley opens the door to further undue development. The Park will lose its essence, making it hardly distinguishable from a chaotic and bustling commercial city.”

The comments on the petition are pointed, and very much against the signing, which many think would bring the mall to one of the last places of natural beauty in California. “As much as I love Starbucks I’m worried about the trash that comes with a big brand like theirs,” wrote Olivia Vong. “We don’t need big brands in national parks.” Much of the sentiment on the petition reads the same. 

 


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