David Drakeford posted the following story on Oriental-List:
Starbucks found itself in hot water again this week
after a Beijing newspaper attacked the company for
Two articles in the Beijing Evening News accused the
company of being unaware of the city’s water-saving
guidelines due to its practice of setting taps on
coffee workbenches to flow constantly.
The reports, published on Tuesday and Wednesday,
estimated that each tap ran for 16 hours a day and
that at least 100 tonnes of fresh water flowed each
day from the more than 50 Starbucks outlets in
Beijing, which suffers from an extreme water shortage.
The reports were soon picked up by mainland media and
circulated on the internet.
The People.com website even conducted an online survey
that found about 90 per cent of 2,434 respondents
considered Starbucks guilty of wasting water.