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  • Starbucks Pushes to Create Jobs

    10/05/2011 11:13:49 AM PDT · by throwback · 11 replies
    WSJ ^ | OCTOBER 5, 2011 | JULIE JARGON
    Starbucks Corp. Chief Executive Howard Schultz, who has been on a mission to cut the national debt and boost job creation, has pledged to donate at least $100,000 of profits annually from two Starbucks stores in low-income areas to boost jobs in those communities. Profits from Starbucks stores in the Harlem section of Manhattan and the Crenshaw neighborhood of Los Angeles will go toward two community organizations that work to improve education and job training for young adults in those areas. High-school students in those neighborhoods also will receive barista training at the Starbucks shops. "We can't wait for Washington....
  • Starbucks to Begin Collecting Donations to Stimulate U.S. Job Growth

    10/04/2011 10:06:55 AM PDT · by RobertClark · 19 replies
    CBS Seattle ^ | 10/03/11 | AP
    Starbucks hopes customers will be willing to pay at least $5 more when they stop in for their morning cup of Joe. Starting Nov. 1, Starbucks will begin collecting donations of $5 or more from customers to stimulate U.S. job growth through its “Jobs for USA” program. The Seattle-based coffee chain is collaborating with the Opportunity Finance Network, a nonprofit that works with nearly 200 community development financial institutions to provide loans to small businesses and community groups. Starbucks says 100 percent of the donations will go toward loans for firms and organizations that can add jobs or stem job...
  • Starbucks CEO Calls for Bold Statement Against Obama, Congress

    09/03/2011 9:57:04 PM PDT · by TheDailyChange · 14 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | Christopher Santarelli
    ACTIONS speak louder than words. Let's see if Schultz stands firm or rejects his own rhetoric going forward.
  • BARBRA STREISAND - A HAPPENING AT STARBUCKS (BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Look at the photo)

    08/29/2011 1:47:44 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 50 replies
    starbucks ^ | 8-29-11
    Gee, deceptive advertising? This is her 40 years ago and it was touched up before photoshop was invented
  • Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz No Campaign Contributions

    08/24/2011 1:56:30 PM PDT · by Wurlitzer · 12 replies
    FOX News Neil Cavuto | 8/24/2011 | Neil Cavuto FOX
    Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on today's Neil Cavuto show states he is unsatisfied with politicians ability to run the country and wants all corporations to withhold campaign contributions to both parties. Already many companies have decided to withhold their contributions.
  • Fired dwarf settles with Starbucks for $75K

    08/20/2011 10:11:42 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 22 replies
    mynorthwest.com ^ | Aug. 19, 2011 | staff
    Starbucks has settled a suit for $75,000 with a woman who claimed she was fired because she is a dwarf. According to Reuters, Elsa Sallard, a barista at a store in El Paso, TX, requested a stool or small stepladder to do her job. Starbucks denied the request and fired her that same day in 2009. The company said she could have been a danger to employees and customers. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which filed the lawsuit in May, said after three days of training, the store should have made a reasonable accommodation for the woman. Robert Canino,...
  • Barista with Dwarfism Settles Lawsuit with Starbucks

    08/18/2011 3:28:07 PM PDT · by RetroSexual · 16 replies
    KLTV ^ | Aug, 18, 2011 | Stephanie Frazier
    EL PASO, Texas — Starbucks Coffee Company has agreed to pay $75,000 and provide other significant relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today. The EEOC had charged Starbucks Coffee Company with unlawfully denying a reasonable accommodation to a barista with dwarfism at one of its El Paso stores and firing her because of her disability.
  • Starbucks chief calls on CEOs to stop political donations, create jobs

    08/16/2011 4:55:00 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 15 replies
    Reuters via ChicagoTribune ^ | August 15, 2011 | staff reporter
    ...In his letter Monday, Schultz invited executives to join him in a "pledge to withhold any further campaign contributions to the president and all members of Congress until a fair, bipartisan deal is reached that sets our nation on stronger long-term fiscal footing."...
  • Starbucks CEO: Don't donate to pols (Big Obama supporter)

    08/15/2011 6:50:42 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 30 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/15/2011 | By JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    The CEO of Starbucks is urging fellow business leaders to join him in getting Washington’s attention by refusing to give money to political campaigns until there is a serious plan to rein in deficits. “I am asking that all of us forgo political contributions until the Congress and the president return to Washington and deliver a fiscally disciplined long-term debt and deficit plan to the American people,” Howard Schultz wrote Sunday in an email to business honchos obtained by POLITICO. Schultz called on CEOs and other corporate executives to “voice your perspective publicly,” and he has done the same in...
  • Panic In DC As Starbucks' Schultz Calls For CEO Boycott Of Campaign Donations

    08/15/2011 12:11:43 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 27 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | August 15, 2011 | Tyler Durden
    Full title: Panic In DC As Starbucks' Schultz Calls For CEO Boycott Of Campaign Donations, Urges Americans To Go On Strike Against Their Politicians In today's most underreported news of the day, which could potentially have the biggest impact on the future of America, none other than America's CEOs, or at least one of them: Starbucks' Howard Schultz, has mass blasted an email to fellow CEOs asking for a consensual boycott on donating to political campaigns in order to encourage the nation's muppets, elsewhere idiotically called "leaders", to solve America's budget and debt impasse. Bloomberg quotes from the CEO's e-mail...
  • Starbucks pulling plug on laptop users?

    08/05/2011 4:01:00 AM PDT · by rawhide · 42 replies
    ajc.com ^ | 8-4-11 | George Mathis
    Starbucks is well-known for coffee, but laptop users love their juice — electrical juice. Now, a rumor is floating amongst the Interwebs that New York City Starbucks locations are replacing electrical sockets with blank faceplates, effectively pulling the plug on laptop (ab)users plagued with poor battery performance. The Seattle-based caffeine pusher did not immediately return a request for comment. I can see the need to DC AC hogs, but I know a lot of folks, including some of my favorite reporters I never see anymore, use Starbucks as a transient office. Starbucks Gossip provides the following jolt: If you are...
  • Who was terror plot mastermind? (MN Somalis)

    06/18/2011 8:57:05 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 12 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 6/18/11 | ALLIE SHAH and JAMES WALSH
    Nearly three years ago, a Minneapolis man blew himself up oceans away in Somalia. His death put Minnesota at the heart of a still unfolding multinational counterterrorism probe that has seen 20 Minnesotans indicted on terror-related charges, at least another nine killed in fighting overseas and a handful more arrested and convicted. Others have been charged with fundraising or wiring money to a terror group in Somalia, and one of the men charged is scheduled to go on trial next month -- a first in the case. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visited Minneapolis last month to reaffirm his office's...
  • Starbucks mermaid sticks to her guns (WA)

    06/11/2011 9:04:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    pnwlocalnews.com ^ | 10 June, 2011 | Mark Knapp
    About a year ago, the Brady Campaign warned that “gun rights” activists were converging on Washington, D.C., seething with threats of right-wing violence. Of course, the Brady Campaign rejected the “bumper sticker logic” of the gun lobby. The gun control group called for a new reality-based discussion of guns and violence. Someone at the Brady Center wrote a book titled “Lethal Logic: Exploding the Myths that Paralyze American Gun Policy.” The author dissected the superficial appeal of bumper sticker logic (e.g., when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns). While I don’t normally display bumper stickers, I am convinced...
  • Starbucks restroom 'Peeping Tom' arrested (Glendora, CA)

    GLENDORA, Calif. (KABC) -- Glendora Police announced the arrest of a man suspected taking "Peeping Tom" videos at a Starbucks store in the city. William Velasco, 25, was arrested by Glendora Police after two search warrants were served on May 4. Velasco, a San Dimas unemployed student, was arrested on suspicion of placing hidden audio/video recording equipment in the women's restroom of the Starbucks store at 1832 E. Route 66 in Glendora. A Starbucks employee discovered the device and alerted police. Velasco is suspected of installing the device, disguised as a coat-hook, directly across from the toilet in the women's...
  • Cops: Man Hid Camera In Starbucks Bathroom, Filmed 45 Women And Children

    05/18/2011 12:51:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    A California man placed a hidden camera inside a Starbucks bathroom and filmed dozens of unsuspecting women and children, according to police. The camera was disguised as a coat hook and affixed to a wall adjacent to a toilet for two days last month. William Zafra Velasco, 25, was arrested earlier this month by Glendora Police Department officers, who executed search warrants at the San Dimas home of the unemployed student. Detectives examining Velasco’s computers discovered “disturbing video of at least 45 female victims using the restroom, including children,” according to investigators. Velasco, pictured in the above mug shot, was...
  • U.S. suing Starbucks for firing dwarf

    05/18/2011 10:30:13 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 91 replies
    mynorthwest.com ^ | May 17, 2011 | Jessica Gottesman
    The federal government is suing Starbucks for firing a dwarf. According to Reuters, the barista, at a store in El Paso, TX, requested a stool or small stepladder to do her job. Starbucks denied the request and fired her that same day. The company said she could have been a danger to employees and customers. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said after three days of training, the store should have made a reasonable accommodation for the woman.
  • Starbucks CEO: Health Care Law to Hurt Small Business

    03/22/2011 9:57:16 AM PDT · by Dr. Scarpetta · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/22/11 | America's Newsroom
    Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is backpedaling on his support for Obama’s health care law. The coffee giant CEO said in a statement that the way the bill is written under the current guidelines, the pressure on small business because of the mandate is “too great.” Martha MacCallum spoke to Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office and president of the American Action Forum about Schultz’s statement and the impact to small business owners.
  • Starbucks calls for health care that helps, not harms, small businesses

    03/22/2011 9:49:15 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/22/11 | Caitlin Emma
    Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz asks that the Obama administration reconsider its position on health care reform in an interview published Tuesday by The Seattle Times. The coffee company and barista bigwig, often vocal about wanting health care reform, saw double-digit employee health care cost increases for five consecutive years. “That cost last year was $250 million,” Schultz told The Seattle Times.
  • Starbucks Tip Jars Lawsuit: Family sues coffee giant after tip jar scuffle leads to death

    03/14/2011 12:01:04 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 45 replies
    A Missouri family is suing Starbucks after a patron was killed while trying to prevent a tip jar robbery. Roger Kreutz was ordering coffee from a Crestwood Starbucks on March 3, 2008, when suddenly a 19-year-old thief snatched the barista tip jar from the counter, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Kreutz chased the man, later identified as Aaron Poisson, out of the coffee shop and the two had a physical altercation near the thief's car. Kreutz was thrown to the ground after Poisson, in his rush to escape, hit him with his car, the Dispatch reported. Kreutz later...
  • Starbucks Workers Get Holiday Pay, Protest Anyway (Greedy leftists march on MLK Day)

    01/18/2011 7:50:59 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    NY Mag ^ | 1/17/11
    Starbucks Workers Get Holiday Pay, Protest Anyway1/17/11 at 7:11 PM For most of us, Martin Luther King Jr. day is considered a holiday. But not for Starbucks workers, who up until this year didn't receive holiday pay for working on MLK Day. The Industrial Workers of the World Starbucks Workers Union spent three years lobbying to get Starbucks employees time and a half on the holiday — and this year they got what they wanted. And as is often the case, the company was loathe to give the union any credit in adding Martin Luther King Jr. Day to the...
  • Starbucks 31-oz "Trenta" cup size set for U.S. debut

    01/16/2011 3:13:39 PM PST · by markomalley · 53 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/17/11
    Starbucks Corp will roll out its biggest drink size yet -- the 31-ounce "Trenta" -- in all of its U.S. coffee shops by May 3, the company said on Sunday The new size will be available only for iced coffee, iced tea and iced tea lemonade drinks in the United States. The Trenta is 7 ounces larger than Starbucks' "Venti" cup for iced drinks, which currently is its largest size on offer. Drinks in the Trenta size will cost 50 cents more than similar Venti-sized iced drinks, the company said. Seattle-based Starbucks tested the new size in several U.S. markets...
  • Ex-lieutenant says SFPD unfairly forced him out

    12/07/2010 8:03:39 PM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/7/10 | Henry K. Lee
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A former San Francisco police lieutenant who weathered numerous allegations during his career, including that he loitered around prostitution hot spots, has filed a wrongful-termination lawsuit against the city. Jerry Lankford, 54, claims he was forced to retire after being wrongly accused of being unprofessional when he rapped his badge against a Starbucks window while the coffee store was closed. The 30-year department veteran said he was unfairly placed on unpaid administrative leave in February and had no choice but to retire after being accused of "conduct unbecoming an officer" at the Starbucks in the West Portal...
  • Starbucks redux: Money talks and B.S. walks(guns)

    11/07/2010 5:10:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 5 November, 2010 | Dave Workman
    Remember six months ago when the anti-gun Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Washington CeaseFire were aghast that Seattle coffee giant Starbucks would not become their political surrogate and ban armed customers from their shops? This column wrote about it here and here. The campaign against Starbucks had kicked off down in California (where else?) and the gun prohibition lobby tried to spread it nationally, but quickly lost traction when Starbucks did the responsible thing and merely announced that it was in compliance with, and would do business under all state and local laws. Almost immediately, the Open Carry...
  • Starbucks Plans Some Price Increases As Ingredient Costs Spike

    09/23/2010 5:30:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Dow Jones Newswires ^ | September 22, 2010 | Kevin Kingsbury
    Starbucks Corp... announced plans for "targeted" price increases in some markets on certain products as green arabica coffee prices hit 13-year high and other raw ingredients jump. "Over the last six months a highly speculative green coffee market and dramatically increased commodity costs have completely altered the economic and financial picture of many players in the coffee industry," said Chairman and Chief Executive Howard Schultz. "And while many, if not most, coffee roasters and retailers began raising prices months ago, we have thus far chosen to absorb the price increases ourselves and not pass them on to our customers. But...
  • Police: Attacker threw acid in Vancouver woman's face [UPDATE: False Report/Self-Inflicted Attack]

    09/01/2010 3:42:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies · 1+ views
    KOMO ^ | 8/31/2010
    VANCOUVER, Wash. – A bizarre attack sent a Vancouver woman to the hospital on Monday and police said they believe her attacker threw some kind of acid in her face. Bethany Storro had no idea who the woman was who attacked her and no idea why someone picked her for an attack. Storro, 28, doesn’t usually wear sunglasses but she bought a pair about an hour before the attack. Those glasses may have saved her eyesight. She had stopped to get a coffee at a Starbucks near Esther Short Park at 8th and Columbia and was getting something out...
  • Professor booted from Starbucks

    08/16/2010 11:52:40 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 186 replies
    upi. ^ | Aug. 16, 2010
    NEW YORK, - A New York English professor said she was kicked out of a Starbucks by three police officers because she refused to follow the cafe's ordering rules. Lynne Rosenthal, who gave her age as early 60s, said she got into an argument with a barista Sunday morning because she refused to specify whether she wanted butter or cheese on her multigrain bagel, the New York Post reported Monday. "I just wanted a multigrain bagel," Rosenthal said. "I refused to say 'without butter or cheese.' When you go to Burger King, you don't have to list the six things...
  • Mom says Starbucks tea burned her baby

    07/07/2010 6:27:23 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 79 replies
    NEW YORK, July 3 (UPI) -- A New York woman is suing Starbucks, saying her baby son was seriously injured when she dropped a cup of overly hot tea on him. In a complaint filed Friday in Kings County, Villona Maryash said the scalding took place in a Starbucks in the Bensonhurst neighborhood in Brooklyn in October, the New York Post reported. She said her son, Arnold Glouchko, who was 5 months old at the time, was in his stroller when she picked up the tea and then dropped it because it was so hot.
  • Let Them Drink Starbucks! Mika Brzezinski Wants a Ban on All Sugary Sodas (Video)

    07/06/2010 11:15:20 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 44 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | July 6, 2010 | Jeff Poor
    It's pretty well documented MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski likes to brag about her workout routine and showcase its effects on her physique. And perhaps for that reason, Brzezinski believes that entitles her to pass judgment on what consumers should put into their bodies. On MSNBC's July 6 "Morning Joe," Brzezinski boasted about San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's vending machine soda ban that took effect today. But Brzezinski wanted to take it a step further - not to just ban them in city vending machines, but just stop people from drinking soda altogether. "And in San Francisco, a ban on sugary drinks...
  • Corporate “Consciousness” – A Fairy Tale And A Scam

    06/19/2010 4:29:22 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 4 replies · 151+ views
    The Constitution Club ^ | 06-19-10 | Voice of Reason
    If you’re like me, you might enjoy a cup of Starbucks’ coffee on a regular basis. My brother-in-law tells people that if they’d be interested in assassinating me, they simply need to be on the roof of the building across the street from the neighborhood Starbucks at precisely 7:00 am on any given morning. All jokes aside (I think?), I can’t help but to be “bombarded” by literature on Starbucks’ “Social Responsibility” program each time I visit. This kind of thing, more often referred to as corporate “sustainability” in the business environment, is becoming commonplace in today’s competitive consumer markets....
  • Check out! Starbucks Facebook page comments (Seattle decision to boycotts AZ)

    05/17/2010 6:18:49 PM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 46 replies · 2,010+ views
    Facebook ^ | 5/17/10 | Starbucks former customers
    Here's the link: http://www.facebook.com/Starbucks?v=wall&ref=ts Enjoy! And, uh, boycott Starbucks and the rest of Seattle.
  • Starbucks sued over hot tea alleged to cause burns

    05/03/2010 8:25:30 PM PDT · by verum ago · 37 replies · 836+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3 May 2010 | Jonathan Stempel
    (Reuters) - Starbucks Corp has been sued by a customer who allegedly suffered second-degree burns after being served tea that was too hot.
  • Starbucks Same Store Sales Up 7% in Defiance of Brady Campaign Attacks

    04/23/2010 7:10:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies · 552+ views
    Opposing Views ^ | 21 April, 2010 | Don Earl
    For months the Brady Campaign has engaged in a relentless attack against Starbucks. The reason? Starbucks refused to cave in to the Brady Campaign demand that Starbucks violate the civil rights of law abiding citizens. At the height of the worst Depression since the 1930s, with unemployment at 17.9% (when all categories of unemployment are included), in a business driven solely by discretionary consumer spending, Starbucks stellar results for the quarter say a lot about its ethics and business practices. In standing up for its customers' Constitutional right to keep and bear arms, its customers stood up for Starbucks privilege...
  • Starbucks Listens to Customer Request for More Sizes

    04/01/2010 10:28:31 AM PDT · by The Future 2012 · 21 replies · 684+ views
    starbucks.com ^ | 4/1/10 | Starbucks
    SEATTLE, April 1, 2010 –Starbucks announced today the introduction of two new beverage sizes in stores in the U. S. and Canada this Fall. The announcement follows a year of research and direct customer feedback through MyStarbucksIdea.com requesting even more choice in beverage size. “Whether customers are looking for a large or small size, the Plenta and the Micra satisfy all U.S. and Canada customers’ needs for more and less coffee,” said Hugh Mungis, Starbucks VP of Volume. “Our size selection is now plentiful.” Plenta™ (128 fl oz) and Micra™ (2 fl oz) cups arrive in Starbucks stores this Fall....
  • Matt Gurney: Get me a decaf, non-fat dark cherry mocha and a Glock, please

    03/19/2010 7:20:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies · 507+ views
    National Post ^ | 18 March, 2010 | Matt Gurney
    A growing grassroots movement across the United States is seeing public meetings of armed citizens gathering together just to prove their right to gather in public with weapons. I'm sure many Canadians are appalled by the very thought, but there really isn't anything wrong with a bunch of people standing around in a park with holsters on their hips. What's provoked the controversy has been the increasing number of these meetings that are occurring in those shrines to urban leftism — Starbucks coffee shops. Symbols matter in politics. Rightly or wrongly, Starbucks coffee shops have indeed become synonymous with lefty,...
  • Editorial: Starbucks averts gun fight with civility(TX)

    03/18/2010 11:17:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies · 456+ views
    dallasnews.com ^ | 16 March, 2010 | Staff
    Sometimes, the most civil response is no response at all. That was the option Starbucks wisely chose when the company recently found itself in the middle of a confrontation between handgun opponents and "open-carry" advocates. No matter which side Starbucks took, the choice seemed destined to provoke outrage and widen the nation's political chasm. As some gun-rights advocates suggested, Starbucks was the perfect place to stage an open-carry demonstration because of its reputation as a bastion for laid-back, left-leaning latte-swillers. But it was the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence that initially forced the issue in a Feb. 4 letter...
  • GARVER: Have gun, will latte(Barf Alert)

    03/16/2010 6:32:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies · 335+ views
    tauntongazette.com ^ | 15 March, 2010 | Lloyd Garver
    I’ve always been confused by Starbucks, the great American institution and symbol of yuppies and carefree consumerism. This is the place where the smallest cup of coffee is called a “Tall.” Depending on what you order, you can easily spend two or three bucks for a cup. In other words, it’s the sort of place with the kinds of products mocked by right-wing opponents of vegetarians, elitism and free-range chicken potpies. That's why I was surprised to learn that some gun-toting, Second Amendment-loving customers were sitting in Starbucks, sipping tea. At least 38 states allow people to walk around with...
  • Safer Streets 2010: Safer corporations too, Part I.

    03/12/2010 5:39:03 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies · 133+ views
    LA Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 10 March, 2010 | John Longenecker
    A lot of corporations are weighing in on the Starbucks news of following the law when it comes to the open carry of handguns in its coffee shops. Starbucks has stayed neutral and has not given in to the pressures of the anti-gun movement now beginning to punish them for standing their ground. [See Safer Starbucks and the anti-gun's what-if about food poisoning of customers, an underhanded disparagement.] At worst, the positions are divided throughout various industries following the news. Industries tend to study other businesses' solutions to various problems all the time, and Starbucks has become a very helpful...
  • Safer Streets 2010: Safer corporations too, Part II.

    03/12/2010 5:35:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 102+ views
    LA Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 10 March, 2010 | John Longenecker
    Even with a divided opinion, many corporations are posting their support for Starbucks' decision to ignore the Brady Center's insistence that Starbucks throw customers out of their establishments. [See Part I.] It's great to see praise for standing your ground against a political nuisance. Brady, not open carry customers. Most of the opposition to armed customers or even armed students on campus has been that companies may be found liable if an armed employee goes postal, but it happens a lot with knives and brute force without guns. The preponderance is in more who are coming to realize that it's...
  • Starbucks lauded for best business practice on customer gun carry

    03/08/2010 4:20:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies · 99+ views
    DC Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 6 March, 2010 | Mike Stollenwerk
    Under attack by anti-gun rights lobby groups for several weeks now, Starbucks has stuck to its guns in maintaining its policy to serve customers who are legally carrying firearms. See previous report here. Explains the Starbucks' press release: "Starbucks long-standing approach to this issue remains unchanged. We comply with local laws and statutes in all the communities we serve. . . . Were we to adopt a policy different from local laws allowing open carry, we would be forced to require our partners to ask law abiding customers to leave our stores." Starbucks, like all companies serving the American public,...
  • Stores Land in Gun-Control Crossfire

    03/06/2010 6:44:05 PM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies · 749+ views
    wsj.com ^ | 4 March, 2010 | VANESSA O'CONNELL And JULIE JARGON
    Starbucks Corp. and some other chain stores in the U.S. are finding themselves caught in the middle of a firearms debate, as gun-control advocates go up against a burgeoning campaign by gun owners to carry holstered pistols in public places. The "open carry" movement, in which gun owners carry unconcealed handguns as they go about their everyday business, is loosely organized around the country but has been gaining traction in recent months. Gun-control advocates have been pushing to quash the movement, including by petitioning the Starbucks coffee chain to ban guns on its premises. Anti-gun activists gathered at the original...
  • Starbucks lauded for best business practice on customer gun carry

    03/06/2010 12:02:51 PM PST · by majstoll · 6 replies · 672+ views
    The Examiner.com ^ | March 6, 2010 | Mike Stollenwerk
    Under attack by anti-gun rights lobby groups for several weeks now, Starbucks has stuck to its guns in maintaining its policy regarding serving customers who are legally carrying firearms. Explains the Starbucks' press release: "Starbucks long-standing approach to this issue remains unchanged. . . .
  • Starbucks Bites The Bullet

    03/05/2010 8:06:58 PM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies · 690+ views
    foxbusiness.com ^ | 5 March, 2010 | Al Lewis
    Gun advocates have just sent a message to Starbucks (SBUX: 23.37, 0.45, 1.96%) customers: You can have my iced caramel macchiato when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers. Starbucks says it is OK to bring a firearm into its stores in the 43 states where it is legal to openly carry weapons. Just don't get too jittery from the caffeine, and leave the coffee makers out of it. "We are asking all interested parties to refrain from putting Starbucks or our partners into the middle of this divisive issue," the company said in a statement released Wednesday. "They're...
  • Anti-gun groups to rally against Starbucks' gun policy

    03/03/2010 7:50:04 AM PST · by llevrok · 17 replies · 683+ views
    KING5 News (Seattle) ^ | March 3, 2010 | TIM ROBINSON
    SEATTLE -- Anti-gun groups are taking aim at Starbucks to ban guns in any of the coffee chain's stores. Three groups - the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Washington CeaseFire and the Washington State Million Mom March Chapters - are rallying in Seattle today to urge Starbucks to change its policy on customers with guns. Currently, wherever the local law allows it, Starbucks' policy also allows customers to carry guns in its stores. The company says all its outlets abide by local and state laws. One customer in Seattle says it's a good policy because of the big customer...
  • Starbucks Dragged Into Gun-Control Crossfire

    03/04/2010 7:08:36 AM PST · by STONEWALLS · 10 replies · 447+ views
    FOX News ^ | Thursday, March 04, 2010 | WSJ
    Starbucks Corp. and some other chain stores in the U.S. are finding themselves caught in the middle of a firearms debate, as gun-control advocates go up against a burgeoning campaign by gun owners to carry holstered pistols in public places. The "open carry" movement, in which gun owners carry unconcealed handguns as they go about their everyday business, is loosely organized around the country but has been gaining traction in recent months. Gun-control advocates have been pushing to quash the movement, including by petitioning the Starbucks coffee chain to ban guns on its premises.
  • Starbucks asks not to be center of gun debate

    03/03/2010 12:51:17 PM PST · by PurVirgo · 50 replies · 919+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 3/2/2010 | Manuel Valdez and Mae Anderson
    SEATTLE – Coffee chain Starbucks Corp. is sticking to its policy of letting customers carry guns where it's legal and said it does not want to be put in the middle of a larger gun-control debate. The company's statement, issued Wednesday, stems from recent campaign by some gun owners, who have walked into Starbucks and other businesses to test state laws that allow gun owners to carry weapons openly in public places. Gun control advocates have protested. The fight began heating up in January in Northern California and has since spread to other states and other companies, bolstered by the...
  • Buzz and bullets: Gun fans cheer Starbucks' policy

    03/01/2010 6:16:36 AM PST · by mikelets456 · 17 replies · 478+ views
    baynews ^ | 2/28/2010 | baynews
    Buzz and bullets: Gun fans cheer Starbucks' policy Sunday, February 28, 2010 E-mail this story | Print Bookmark and Share By GREG BLUESTEIN (AP) -- Dale Welch recently walked into a Starbucks in Virginia, handgun strapped to his waist, and ordered a banana Frappuccino with a cinnamon bun. He says the firearm drew a double-take from at least one customer, Welch's foray into the coffeehouse was part of an effort by some gun owners to exercise and advertise their rights in states that allow people to openly carry firearms. Even in some "open carry" states, businesses are allowed to ban...
  • Safer Streets 2010: Starbucks supports armed customers.

    03/01/2010 4:06:09 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies · 674+ views
    LA Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 27 February, 2010 | John Longenecker
    In the Huffington Post, Dennis Henigan writes Why? [ Starbucks sticks to its guns; Why? ] The article was very harsh, emotional and it gets to be very off-issue. In other words, if a company doesn’t rush to kick customers out of its establishment, do you just keep hounding them? This is the style of gun control groups. It is beginning to reach other cultural corners and Americans are beginning to feel it everywhere. Several articles have praised Starbucks for their stand, and I have written a few of those. I also added that when it comes to the vaunted...
  • Buzz and bullets: Gun fans cheer Starbucks' policy

    02/28/2010 11:35:45 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 17 replies · 593+ views
    hosted ^ | Feb 28 | GREG BLUESTEIN
    Dale Welch recently walked into a Starbucks in Virginia, handgun strapped to his waist, and ordered a banana Frappuccino with a cinnamon bun. He says the firearm drew a double-take from at least one customer, but not a peep from the baristas. Welch's foray into the coffeehouse was part of an effort by some gun owners to exercise and advertise their rights in states that allow people to openly carry firearms. Even in some "open carry" states, businesses are allowed to ban guns in their stores. And some have, creating political confrontations with gun owners. But Starbucks, the largest chain...
  • Brady group’s Starbucks campaign should switch to decaf

    02/16/2010 7:11:40 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies · 332+ views
    dailycaller.com ^ | 16 February, 2010 | Alan Gottlieb and Dave Workman
    Imagine the turmoil that would erupt if a shrill lobbying effort were mounted against a well-known American business, demanding that this company refuse service to Muslims, or servicemen and women in uniform, or people with lip rings or tattoos, or some other identifiable group. So, why should we allow an extremist group of gun prohibitionists to browbeat a Seattle-based company because it caters to armed citizens same as anyone else? The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has launched a campaign to force Starbucks to close its doors to legally- armed citizens exercising their constitutionally protected civil right to keep...
  • Guns at Starbucks? Thousands say no (POLL to FReep!)

    02/13/2010 4:27:55 AM PST · by Solitar · 72 replies · 1,725+ views
    Seattlepi Blogs ^ | February 11, 2010 12:04 p.m. | Monica Guzman
    In case you missed it ... A gun-control group has been circulating a petition demanding that Starbucks ban guns in its stores. Today, the Brady Campaign announced it has gathered more than 25,000 signatures. "We urge Starbucks to respect the rights of the vast majority of its customers, who seek to take their families into its stores without facing the intimidating presence of openly carried guns," Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign, said in a statement. This all started when word spread that advocates of openly carrying guns in public were meeting at Starbucks in and around California's Bay...