Starbucks Asks Customers to Sign Petition to End Government Shutdown

Petition is latest effort for the politically-engaged coffee chain and its CEO

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Joshua Roberts / Reuters

People stand outside a Starbucks Coffee shop in Washington on September 16, 2013.

Starbucks is asking customers to sign a petition calling for an end to the government shutdown.

The petition, which will be available in all of Starbucks’ 11,000 stores in the U.S. on Friday, demands that the government reopen, pay its debts, and pass a long-term budget this year, the AP reports.

The call to end the government shutdown is the latest instance in which Starbucks, and its outspoken CEO Howard Schultz, have waded into the national political debate. In September, Schultz asked customers not to bring guns into Starbucks stores; last year, Starbucks asked employees to write “Come Together” on coffee cups to send a message to Congress during the “fiscal cliff” negotiations; and in 2011, Schultz led an effort among CEOs to halt campaign contributions until Congress resolved the debt ceiling crisis. More than 100 CEOs joined Schultz in that effort.

[AP]

6 comments
11B_INF_Retired
11B_INF_Retired

Sorry but since Starbucks announced they are a gun free zone I am not going to bother sign that petition in their establishment.... For criminals now knows that they can rob the place easy....  So if I go to Starbucks their coffee might cost me an arm or leg wound....

mary.waterton
mary.waterton

Why not have 2 petitions? One to continue the shutdown, the other to end it. Which ever has the most names is the one they will turn in.

sacredh
sacredh

It will be just another opportunity for the mouth breathers to rail against latte drinking elitists.

bobcn
bobcn

@sacredh

When caramel macchiatos are outlawed only outlaws will have caramel macchiatos.

yogi
yogi

@sacredh But on the plus side, Starbucks won't have to worry about people carrying guns in their stores.