Starbucks Asks Customers to Leave Their Guns At Home

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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has asked customers to leave their firearms at home before coming in to order their lattes and frappuccinos, CNN reports.

In August, a group of gun owners planned a “Starbucks Appreciation Day” in recognition of the coffee chain’s policy of allowing guns inside outlets in states where it is permitted by law.

The Newtown Coalition for Corporate Responsibility, a group which includes family members of the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting, responded by writing an open letter asking Schultz to ban guns at Starbucks.

Schultz now says the company is “not pro- or anti-gun,” but believes that guns “should not be part of the Starbucks experience.” Starbucks has posted an open letter from Schultz articulating the company’s new position on gun in its stores.

Schultz says that customers who bring in guns will still be served, and will not be asked to leave, because “we don’t want to put our people in the position of having to confront somebody who’s carrying a weapon,” he wrote.

[CNN]

6 comments
RichardRider
RichardRider

I respect and will honor Starbucks' right to make such a property rights decision on guns -- even though Starbucks management and most of their customers too often have little respect for the property rights of others.


And note that the "guns not welcome" decision is a "request," and not a ban.  In essence, they don't like "open carry" patrons -- folks who make others nervous.  In the real world, the bringing of CC (concealed carry) weapons into Starbucks is going to continue without interruption or pressure from management.


On the other hand, I won't be frequenting Starbucks, as I long ago decided that their support for progressive policies and catering to liberal clientele (coupled with absurdly high prices) makes ME feel uncomfortable spending my money there.


Such choice is the cornerstone of America.  Respect it.  And use it.

GPC
GPC

Amazing how there are so many different takes on a 45 sec. statement. For this was merely a request, pure and simple.

LadyMarsali
LadyMarsali

How does Mr. Schultz figure that someone carrying a weapon (for the sake of argument, LEGALLY carrying) is going to affect anyone's 'Starbuck experience?'  And why would he assume that simply because someone is carrying a gun, that if asked to leave, they would use it?

Yet another reason to avoid Charbucks and their foul over-priced coffee.

premnathtm1
premnathtm1

A small step towards safe and saner  drinkig. Congrarulations STAR BUCKS

rohit57
rohit57

I don't have a gun and I do not buy coffee from Starbucks.  But I still have a question.

Why leave the guns at home?  Why can't they be left in the car?

samacq
samacq

Who cares? Who can afford Starbucks in the first place. I make better coffee at home for pennies a cup.