Petition to End Shutdown Ushers in Age of Starbucks Diplomacy

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Headed to the U.N. soon, no doubt.
Headed to the U.N. soon, no doubt. Photo: Courtesy of Starbucks

Starbucks is involving itself with politics again, this time with a nationwide petition calling to end the shutdown. On Monday, CEO Howard Schultz issued an open letter on the chain’s website, hinting he would launch "actions in the coming weeks to galvanize our customers," and, well, basically Starbucks is asking everyone to rip out the full-page ads it’s taking out in every major newspaper across the country this weekend, sign in the name of unity, and bring them to your nearest Starbucks. Also, why not get a nice hot mocha while you’re there?

Headed to the U.N. soon, no doubt.
Headed to the U.N. soon, no doubt. Photo: Courtesy of Starbucks

Here’s what Schultz wants for the "people of Starbucks":


1. Reopen our government to serve the people.
2. Pay our debts on time to avoid another financial crisis.
3. Pass a bipartisan and comprehensive long-term budget deal by the end of the year.

Here’s what Schultz wants for the "people of Starbucks":

Starbucks petition takes on government shutdown [USAT]
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