Can’t say as I ever really cared much for Starbucks swill – in a pinch – groggy after a extended shift and desperate for caffeine maybe, but – Caribou is my coffee of choice.
Well, now…I guess I will just choke down a Red Bull or can of Coke or something if I need a pick me up from now on and my favorite Caribou’s is not around…..
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.
You don’t say Howie – 80 Million of your potential customers ….you just told pretty much “fuck off”. Let me know how that works out next Quarterly Earning report pal m-kay?
Polarized and Emotional is it? I never get emotional about guns Howie, never. Nor does any well trained gun owner that I know – unless it’s to smile with glee when putting a nice tight grouping on a piece of paper that beats your last attempt by a country mile. No Howie… Its the GFW crowd that gets all weak kneed and weepy at the mere site of a weapon – and with your little missive – you can sugar coat it all you want and couch it in all the buzz-word catch phrases you can…you just told me I’m no longer welcome. Got it.
And I respectfully have to decline your request Howie, you see my civil rights are not a mater of debate – as a matter of fact, it’s so NOT a matter open for debate that I just put a goodly chunk of hard earned scratch towards a political candidate – the one running against the RINO Alexander Lamar from TN for making that same erroneous choice – thinking my right to keep and bear arms was a “matter that should be open for debate”. It’s not. It never will be. Not ever.
From the beginning, our vision at Starbucks has been to create a “third place” between home and work where people can come together to enjoy the peace and pleasure of coffee and community. Our values have always centered on building community rather than dividing people, and our stores exist to give every customer a safe and comfortable respite from the concerns of daily life.
Every customer with the exception of those who believe in the US Constitution and specifically the 2nd Amendment ….then – not so much….right Howie?
How’s this for an idea Howie . take your “community building” and take a hike … and oh if you would; take the Sasquatch fucking Kenyan with you …. and your community building latte sipping busybody whiny customers too.
And oh, BTW? You just declared your stores a free fire zone for the likes of Aaron Alexis … good luck with that.
We appreciate that there is a highly sensitive balance of rights and responsibilities surrounding America’s gun laws, and we recognize the deep passion for and against the “open carry” laws adopted by many states. (In the United States, “open carry” is the term used for openly carrying a firearm in public.) For years we have listened carefully to input from our customers, partners, community leaders and voices on both sides of this complicated, highly charged issue. And we decided that wild eye bitter clinging gun toting citizens just don’t fit in with our oh so hip version of Utopia of next Tuesday…
Fixed it for you – No charge. Because isn’t that what you are trying to say here Howie? Really?
You took a side – the wrong one, and trust me – people vote with their wallets Howie…and the only fitting end for your already struggling bastion of asshatery called “Starbucks” is to watch it fold; slowly, painfully, and with much agony into Chapter 11. Hey maybe your Klingon fucking buddy from Kenya will deem you “too big to fail” and bail your worthless business out at the expense of the taxpayers…. hope springs eternal and all that. The flip side of that is … Karma is truly a bitch.
Our company’s longstanding approach to “open carry” has been to follow local laws: we permit it in states where allowed and we prohibit it in states where these laws don’t exist.
You permit it because otherwise – you’d get the living snot sued out of you. Let’s not be coy here Howie, if you could shoot every gun carrying patron that walks through your doors…you’d do it. With Glee. But that’s why you made it a ‘request’ …isn’t it? Because you know in states where open carry is the law, you ain’t got a fucking snow balls chance in hell of stopping people from exercising their Constitutionally guaranteed rights.
We have chosen this approach because we believe our store partners should not be put in the uncomfortable position of requiring customers to disarm or leave our stores. We believe that gun policy should be addressed by government and law enforcement—not by Starbucks and our store partners.
Uh huh, sure Howie…..And so when someone “respectfully” tells you to cram your gun grabbing agenda up your ass Howie…and walks in with a Glock strapped to his or her hip…then what? Fucking liberals, I swear…. you people never can make a coherent argument. Grow a set of balls Howie, for the love of the man Jesus!!
Just say it – “Starbucks is a gun free zone – we forbid firearms on any of our premises”. Then, I’d call a lawyer – you’re probably going to need one. See – easy? But no, you want to play both ends against the middle, and you know what? That pisses me off even more.
Not that I even like your overpriced vomit in a leaky cup that you brazenly call “coffee” I don’t; but if I did, as a Gun owner, if you had the balls to say right out you don’t want guns on your property, guess what, I’ll probably still not frequent the place just on principle… but I might have said, “well it’s their property their rules, it’s my choice to frequent it or not”. But you can rest assured now…I won’t so much set foot in your stores not to buy coffee, not even to piss on the floor.
You see, trying to do the whole “pragmatic” thing Howie? It’s a bad business idea and business model…always has been – always will be. Most people appreciate being dealt with in a straight forward manner – it saves time. You’re not dealing with us gun owners in that manner – you’re flipping and flapping around like blown tire. I for one resent it. I’m not good enough to be trusted with a gun in your stores, but you still want me to spend money there?? Cake and eat it too is it? No, sorry Howie…. It just doesn’t work that way.
Recently, however, we’ve seen the “open carry” debate become increasingly uncivil and, in some cases, even threatening.
And I’m just SURE it’s the gun owners acting like irresponsible little brats, after all, it was our candidate that was out there telling people that “I want you to get in other peoples faces”…right Howie? It’s all those gun toting bitter clingers out there screaming like a bunch of little bitches about “social justice” and “racism” at every fucking dust bunny that happens by…. isn’t it Howie?
How this for “uncivil” Howie…fuck you. And fuck Starbucks. And Fuck your whiny customers that you took sides with …the ones that can’t deal with the site of a firearm with out pissing in their pants and screaming for their binkies.
Howie’s little missive blathers on for a bit longer, go read it it if you wish, I’m out of patience with the asshattery …..
But before I go – Howie? I hope your business takes a header…and when it does, I hope you follow it right off the fucking cliff into oblivion you patronizing anti-American pansy ass prick.