I had a feeling this was going to happen sooner or later:
If it’s just a “request”, why even bother? It basically just makes Starbucks look spineless… pick one side of the issue or else simply go with the “we just go by whatever the laws say you can do” stance they had before.
Recently, however, we’ve seen the “open carry” debate become increasingly uncivil and, in some cases, even threatening. Pro-gun activists have used our stores as a political stage for media events misleadingly called “Starbucks Appreciation Days” that disingenuously portray Starbucks as a champion of “open carry.” To be clear: we do not want these events in our stores. Some anti-gun activists have also played a role in ratcheting up the rhetoric and friction, including soliciting and confronting our customers and partners.
You can read the full Open Carry letter from Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz at the link.
Hahah bonus points for using the word “ratchet”… too bad not in the way I hoped.
Consider buying an ENDO Apparel Guns And Coffee t-shirt to make sheeple who are against open carry and drink coffee feel uncomfortable.
Hat tip: The dozen people who sent me related stories.