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Suport Starbucks on Feb. 14th

Discussion in 'Activism' started by Buckeye Dan, Jan 24, 2012.

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  1. Carl N. Brown

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    Bought a 16 oz coffee coffee (pretty good and strong) for myself and a mocha for my wife. The local Starbucks was busy the 14th of Feb 2012. I asked my wife what she thought of the coffee. She opined it was good but she like Chef Brown's wunnerful morning coffee better. Can't ask for a better Valentine's present than that.

    http://www.abc4.com/content/news/to...cks-over-gun-laws/4GKuUIHjkU6_HZ1yYa00wA.cspx
    "Boycott against Starbucks over gun laws", SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News)
    15 Feb 2012 abc4.com Comments include the claim that NGAC is a Joyce Foundation sockpuppet, that Starbucks was not hardly aware of the boycott, but ''the "buycott" of gun rights supporters has swamped Starbucks with customers.''

    http://gunvictimsaction.org/email-starbucks/
    National Gun Victims Action Council (NGAC)

    Talks like it's 14 million.

    Puts out an email press release campaign "NGAC Launches BREW NOT BULLETS: SAY NO TO STARBUCKS…UNTIL STARBUCKS SAYS NO TO GUNS."

    Wanna bet its like AHSA: astroturf website by a hardcore of anti activists pretending to be a grassroots organization, but no actual membership?

    The group that said it would not buy any products from Starbucks until they eliminate legal guns from the stores is probably a Joyce Foundation fund sponge and his secretary who typed the press release. Got me thinking, anyone heard from Powtowmack Institute since Gilbert Ernest McGill (pseudonym: G. Eyclesheimer Ernst) failed to find a lawyer willing to rewrite into coherent English his Amicus Curiae for the McDonald case pro bono?
     
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  2. RX-178

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    According to the usual sources (...Okay, a Google News search), on Wednesday the 15th, after the start of the boycott (and buycott), Starbucks once again released a statement that they were going to allow carry where permitted by local laws, and that they believed following local laws was the best way to maintain the safest possible environment for their customers.
     
  3. Manson

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    I am both happy and proud to hear about all the great folks who went out on the 14th in support of Starbucks. I don't usually get there much as we don't have one in my town. On the 14th I drove to the next city north and the nearest Starbucks. Spoke to the Manager about the boycott and she said business was much better than a normal Tuesday.
     
  4. Jonzer77

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    I went into my local starbucks and the employees had no idea about the boycott but did say that they were unusually busy that day :)

    I bought a coffee, coffee cake and a $20 giftcard for my gf as part of her gift.
     
  5. Ian Johnson

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    drove down to take my girlfriend out to dinner on valentines day(goes to a different college) and afterwards she asked me if I knew about the starbucks thing, so we both went and bought coffee with $2 bills
     
  6. SkyDaver

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    I'm stealing that elevator speech!

    Over on Google+, I mentioned my Starbucks visit. One person in my circles (an e-quaintance from another list) asked me to uncircle him, because of that update. I am still in communication with him, and I'm going to drop that when appropriate.
     
  7. mljdeckard

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    So I went, and got my Frappucino and a crumbly blueberry struessel, and they were really busy, so I pulled the barrista over and asked her; "Are one of you guys the manager?" She thought she was in trouble, I told her, "I just wanted to make sure you know, there is an anti-gun group trying to boycott Starbucks, and I am here in response to that."

    I don't think she understood a single word of it. Oh well, I tried. I guess it'snot a big deal in Utah. :D
     
  8. Axel Larson

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    I have been sick for the past three+ days but I did order some mint syrup online and sent an email to Starbucks and they responded very fast and courteously.
    I know Starbucks can't show if their sales went up or down but it would be really cool to know they went up.
     
  9. gavelwacker

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    I live over 30 miles away from the nearest Starbucks. Drive there anyway and had a coffee & an expensive muffin.
    Made sure the manager knew why I was there.
    The place looked busy as hell to me!
     
  10. TyGuy

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    I had to drive an hour to be able to carry while drinking my coffee, but I did it.
     
  11. GEM

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    I know people who work there as baristas. They had no idea of the issue and thought that if a customer started foaming pro or antigun, the wage slaves would think they are nuts. Foam is for your drink, not from your mouth. Haha!

    Much ado about nothing.
     
  12. jackpinesavages

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    Unfortunately, yes, much ado about nothing. I took my money to an Armorer's 2 day class, within that day. Never saw a Starbucks.

    Got back to the office and copied the Armorer's Manual for some co-workers who were curious about my 2 days off. Activism.
     
  13. Black Butte

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    Starbucks should have just announced a special on February 14 and denied those boycotting from affecting any loss in sales. Some of the coffee swillers, I'm sure, would have even caved on their own boycott to take advantage of the savings.
     
  14. doc540

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    I sent an email to Starbucks regarding 2nd Amendment issues.

    Here's their reply: (emphasis mine)
    "Dear Doc,

    Thank you for your feedback regarding Starbucks' policy on open carry laws.

    At Starbucks, we deeply respect the views of our customers and recognize that there is significant and genuine passion surrounding the issue of open carry weapons laws. We comply with local laws and statutes in the communities we serve. Our long-standing approach to this issue remains unchanged and we abide by the laws that permit open carry in 43 U.S. states. Where these laws don't exist, openly carrying weapons in our stores is prohibited.

    As the public debate around this issue continues, we encourage customers and advocacy groups from both sides to share their input with their public officials. We are extremely sensitive to the issue of gun violence in our society and believe that supporting local laws is the right way for us to ensure a safe environment for both partners and customers.

    Sincerely,

    Matthew

    customer service
    "

    That's what I call a hit and a miss.:D
     
  15. parsimonious_instead

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    When someone says, "I will never call, write, email, etc. again" - they will eventually make contact.

    When someone says, "I will never shop at your store again" you can usually bank on them returning at some point, regardless of the original reason.

    The ones that quietly walk away, without explanation, are the ones that almost never come back.
     
  16. mljdeckard

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    I still regard this as a plus for our side. If the only thing that most Starbucks managers and employees knew about the action was what WE told them, that is a win. Some of the managers were prompted to make some phone calls and do some homework, and were better educated as a result. We had more positive impact than the boycott had in NEGATIVE impact.
     
  17. csspecs

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    I went there with the wife and had a coffee... Asked if it was busy or light, girl said they had seen a lot of guys with camo in there for some odd reason...

    I don't really like starbucks but their response is pretty much that they have decided to not decide. Which is what companies should do.
     
  18. 2ndAmFan

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    I have 2 Starbucks fairly close to my house. I'll be visiting them more now than I would have before. Coffee isn't bad either.
     
  19. Pistola

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    Thanks for the info, I'll get an $8 cup on the 14th.
     
  20. 2WheelsGood

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    Have you looked at a calendar lately? :)
     
  21. Xiphoticness

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    Thanks from one of us on the inside.

    As one of us with a CCW on the inside, I wanted to thank all of you for supporting Starbucks in this issue. I'm just a lowly barista so don't take this as in any way representing the views, opinions, etc. of the corporation, this is from me as an individual. If Starbucks were to change this policy I would be changing my job, and I told my manager this when we heard about the boycott. I will say it stimulated some discussion in my store and I think most of our partners were on the positive side, though a few raised questions of "what do people need a gun here for?" and other such questions. Just a result of the general ignorance of the population really. Anyway, thank you all for the support and keep it up. I appreciate it and the rest of us in the company who agree with me do as well.
     
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