Originally Posted by Mister Friendly
Did you read the article?
Why would you need a solid to work retail at Starbucks?
To own a franchise? Yes
Vin Baker has a degree and a Masters in divinity, it's foolish to think that he just has to work at Starbucks
Originally Posted by Freeze
lol if he owned it he could just make himself the manager. dude is probably being done a favor. said he had money problems.
Originally Posted by PMatic
He's a former alcoholic that lost millions?
LOL...maybe MF should take his own advice and read the article
He was at rock bottom not too long ago...he's trying to get himself right and Schultz reached out.
Financial problems were Baker’s next hurdle. He lost a home in a Durham, Conn., development he was a partner in and a restaurant, Vinnie’s Saybrook Fish House, soured. In 2012 he sued his accountant, Donald S. Brodeur, for mismanagement and breach of contract. Baker said that lawsuit has “been resolved, somewhat favorably,” but makes it clear he needs to work to support his family.
“I would insist that you surround yourself with the person you trust the absolute most, someone who can tell you, 'You’re wrong, don’t buy that, don’t go there, that person’s no good.’ I would also say be able to monitor every single dime that comes out of your accounts as if you’re a Starbucks barista. My check here I know exactly where my money goes. Don’t trust it with an accountant or a family friend. Make sure you’re aware and be responsible because next thing you know people are stealing from you.”
Like all recovering alcoholics, Baker says every day is both a challenge and a blessing. He now clearly has the perspective of a middle-aged man, not a fresh-faced, 22-year old newly minted millionaire who’s the life of the party. He just wants a chance to keep bouncing back.
“For me this could have ended most likely in jail or death. That’s how these stories usually end,” he says. “For me to summon the strength to walk out here and get excited about retail management at Starbucks and try to provide for my family, I feel that’s more heroic than being 6-11 with a fade-away jump shot. I get energy from waking up in the morning and, first of all, not depending on alcohol, and not being embarrassed or ashamed to know I have a family to take care of. The show’s got to go on.”