It seems like you can't go anywhere without seeing certain chains these days. Every street seems to have a McDonald's, Walmart, or Starbucks, and they might be popping up in even more 'exotic' locations soon.
Starbucks might have plans to open up a store in Yosemite National Park, and people aren't happy about it!
A Change.org petition has been launched and has already received almost 10,000 signatures of people who are against the idea of the coffee giant opening up a café in one of the nation's most beloved and beautiful natural areas.
Starbucks hasn't officially announced anything, but some people browsing their website spotted that the company was advertising for a General Manager position in the Yosemite Valley Lodge.
“Multinational corporations have no place in our National Parks,” reads the petition. “The Park will lose its essence, making it hardly distinguishable from a chaotic and bustling commercial city.”
Of course, national parks can have little cafés and gift shops, but this seems like the first step down a slippery slope, so it's easy to see why people are so riled up. Natural places are meant to be a bit of an escape from big cities and urban life, and that whole thing would be ruined if we were greeted with big name chains and brands every time we visited a national park.
Yosemite Hospitality Marketing Manager Lisa Cesaro, however, revealed that the petition would have no bearing on the plans.
“We are trying to enhance the visitor experience,” Cesaro said to a local news outlet. “This is just one of the many improvements we will be making in the coming years.”
One petition-signer left the following comment, which pretty much sums up our feelings:
“National parks are not city malls. They are the only place that we can go to experience the natural beauty of the world, and to get a glimpse of what it’s like to see the Earth at its most, currently, unadulterated form.”