'The lens in which we are making that decision is through the lens of our people. We employ over 200,000 people in this company, and we want to embrace diversity.'
His comments prompted cheers and applause from the gathered stockholders and then the CEO offered the discontented stockholder a way out.
'If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38 percent you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company.