Budget Battle: Starbucks asks customers to sign petition

(AP) — Starbucks says it will ask customers and businesses to sign a petition calling for an end to the partial government shutdown that has forced hundreds of starbucks-coffee-logothousands of federal workers off the job.

The petition will will be available at all Starbucks 11,000 U.S. locations to sign beginning Friday.

It calls for reopening the government, paying debts on time and passing a long-term budget deal by the end of the year. In addition to Starbucks customers, the company is trying to get the CEOs of the nation’s largest companies to sign.

While big brands generally steer clear of politics to avoid alienating customers, Starbucks and its outspoken CEO, Howard Schultz, in recent years have run toward the spotlight by trying to gain a voice in national political issues.


  • herding_turtles

    A) Do they really think a petition is necessary? Do they think the government thinks we all WANT the shutdown? “What, Starbucks and the American people DON’T want us shutdown? Well, then we better just open back up….”
    B) I’m tired of hearing each side blame the other for the shutdown. Seems each side thinks they are in the right and are standing their ground. Which is not a horrible thing. But at this point it’s becoming a pissing match to see who is more stubborn. You’ve proved your point, now each side needs to give a little, work together and figure it out. I would also appreciate if we had some good reporting. I’m tired of hearing the news skewed to whatever the network/reporters opinion of things are. I don’t care about your opinion, Mr. Reporter. You should report the facts so we can form our own opinion of things. If I wanted my opinion formed and spoon fed to me I would ask for it. I would just like to know the simple, cold, hard facts.

  • Guie LeDeuche

    That’ll work