From the head of Starbucks:
An Open Letter from Howard Schultz, ceo of Starbucks Coffee Company
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Posted by Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman, president and chief executive officer
Dear Fellow Americans,
Few topics in America generate a more polarized and emotional debate than guns. In recent months, Starbucks stores and our partners (employees) who work in our stores have been thrust unwillingly into the middle of this debate. That’s why I am writing today with a respectful request that customers no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas.
Recently, however, we’ve seen the “open carry” debate become increasingly uncivil and, in some cases, even threatening. Pro-gun activists have used our stores as a political stage for media events misleadingly called “Starbucks Appreciation Days” that disingenuously portray Starbucks as a champion of “open carry.” To be clear: we do not want these events in our stores. Some anti-gun activists have also played a role in ratcheting up the rhetoric and friction, including soliciting and confronting our customers and partners.
For these reasons, today we are respectfully requesting that customers no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas—even in states where “open carry” is permitted—unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel. [So, it's not "You are forbidden to bring your CCW in here. It's "Pretty please with cream and sugar in it."]
I would like to clarify two points. First, this is a request and not an outright ban.
There’s more of this flaccid blather over there.
Let’s not forget Starbucks support of same-sex marriage. HERE
Everyone. Please buy…
… Mystic Monk Coffee!
A brilliant pasquinade from the tweetosphere:
Got kicked out of a gun shop for open-carrying a Starbucks.
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) September 18, 2013