Please don't bring your gun to Starbucks
September 18th, 2013
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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has a message for gun owners: Please don't bring your weapons into our stores.

Schultz told CNN that the company is not instituting a ban, and is simply making a request "through the lens of civility and respect."

The company was roped into the gun debate last month when a group of gun owners announced plans online for a "Starbucks Appreciation Day" in recognition of the chain's policy of allowing gun owners to bring in their weapons where permitted by state law.

In response, the Newtown Coalition For Corporate Responsibility - a group including family members of victims from last year's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School - published an open letter calling on Schultz to ban guns in all Starbucks stores.

"We've seen advocates on both sides of this debate use Starbucks as a staging ground," Schultz said. The company, he added, is "not pro- or anti-gun," but believes that guns "should not be part of the Starbucks experience."

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  1. Mike M

    I have a personal policy against shopping at stores that have policies that single out customers for any trait or conduct that is completely legal and does not directly result in undue disruption within their establishment. I never went to Starbucks, anyway (I don't really like their coffee), but this just gives me more reason not to go. I've had about enough of corporate activism. I don't want my mundane daily purchases to be political statements, and I don't think anyone else should have to verify how a company's CEO feels about them and their choices before buying a cup of coffee.

    September 21, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
    • Thinking things through

      Hmm, I don't eat at Starbuck's or Chick-fil-A anyway - when can you find me an eatery I can boycott where it would mean something?

      September 23, 2013 at 11:52 am |
  2. Capt. Obvious

    News Flash – The easiest store to rob is Starbucks

    September 21, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
  3. NealR2000

    This silly feel-good attempt at placating their lefty customers will probably only encourage gun owners to go into Starbucks with a weapon just to challenge it.

    September 21, 2013 at 10:44 am |
  4. rt ben

    Starbucks coffee is weak garbage and overpriced. Try Vietnamese coffee if you want a good strong tasty drink.

    September 20, 2013 at 1:01 am |
    • Livexaloha

      Vietnamese coffee is the bomb for only $2.75 it can keep me up for my whole work day

      September 21, 2013 at 7:14 am |
      • AleeD®

        ~_~ Really? ~_~

        September 21, 2013 at 10:37 am |
    • Thinking things through

      Never heard of Vietnamese coffee, where would I find it?

      September 23, 2013 at 11:45 am |
      • Derp


        September 23, 2013 at 12:23 pm |
  5. Tony

    As a gun-toting American... My coffee standards are too high to want to drink at Starbucks. Sorry Starbucks, but your coffee taste bitterly burnt. Fix the taste of your coffee please to want me to visit your store, then we can talk about your "starbucks experience".

    September 19, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
  6. sallyedelstein

    Did CEO Harold Schultz have the NRA in his sights when he pulled the welcome mat right out from under them? What's a coffee lovin' firearm-totin' patriotic American to do now that Starbucks has asked them to leave their heat at home?

    September 19, 2013 at 10:54 am |
  7. Brian J.

    What's next; a memo stating that black people are not welcome because they scare some of your customers, but you will not enforce it? All constitutional amendments are of equal value. Your lack of respect for the US Constitution is a lack of respect to all Americans. You have clearly picked a side and it is the wrong one. Looks like I will be going to other coffee shops from now on.

    September 19, 2013 at 3:56 am |
  8. Bill

    Big ᴘᴜѕѕy out by Starbucks on this one.

    They have done so much right in the past; they were bound to slip up sometime.

    September 19, 2013 at 12:45 am |
    • Alex

      This debate is ridiculous. Western Europe, Australia, and Canada all have severe gun restrictions and I can feel safe in any of those areas/countries day or night. FACTS have shown that gun bans do work in the rest of the developed world. Yet the US is a gun happy nation that is the largest exporter of guns in the world and therefore unfortunately we suffer the consequences. Many of the mass shootings in this country and in other countries are caused by US MANUFACTURED GUNS obtained LEGALLY. Please do some actual RESEARCH if you state that only criminally obtained weapons cause deaths. And Please, Do not state that "Guns don't kill people, People kill People." This is an inane comment. Historically, no one caused mass fatalities like we have experienced in the last thirty years with a sword or knife.

      September 19, 2013 at 6:59 am |
      • Richard

        UK banned guns, gun crime is higher now, ask Tony lairs daughter.

        September 19, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
      • Tony

        I wouldn't feel safer in Wales or the UK. Violent crime rate is worse there than in the USA. Scarey stuff.

        September 19, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
        • Alex

          At least READ the article you are referencing. " In the U.K., where all guns require licenses and are hard to obtain legally, they’re used in 1 in 13 homicides. In the U.S., they’re used in two out of three." Furthermore, " '“You’ve got 10 times the likelihood of being killed in violent crime in the U.S. than you have in the U.K.' " This is from the article dated 24 April, 2013, titled: U.K. Gun Curbs Mean More Violence Yet Fewer Deaths Than in U.S.

          September 20, 2013 at 2:24 am |
  9. Bill

    Big pussy out by Starbucks on this one.

    They have done so much right in the past; they were bound to slip up sometime.

    September 19, 2013 at 12:44 am |
  10. Rkenned

    Technically, all they can do is ask you to leave. A sign on a door does not negate my legal right to keep and bare arms. In fact, all it does is embolden criminals. I will carry mine and shop elsewhere. But thanks for alerting thieves where they can commit their crimes without fear of my S&W .40.

    September 18, 2013 at 8:57 pm |
    • Wakka Wakka

      You cannot bare arms...most places have a "no shirt, no service" policy...

      September 19, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫


        September 19, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
    • Common Sense

      @Rkenned: I had no idea the only thing protecting us from danger was your S&W .40.

      September 21, 2013 at 10:57 am |
  11. David Jackson

    Dunkin Donuts announced today that, effective immediately, only armed customers with be allowed into their establishments. The CEO explained, "Our polling indicates that most gun owners love caffeine and prefer to be jacked up when they're carrying. Also, it will help us expand our presence into the Deep South and particularly Texas, the Florida Keys and Arizona. We will be partnering with gun stores with coupons for our menu based on the size of caliber purchased. We expect a big bang for this promotion."

    September 18, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
    • Brian J.

      I live in New England; have a graduates degree and always carry. Your a generalizing moron.

      September 19, 2013 at 3:57 am |
      • RC

        A graduates degree in stupidity? BTW, it's *you're*, not *your*.

        September 19, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
        • Richard

          spell nazi, sure sign you have nothing to add of note.

          September 19, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
    • Richard

      we have krispy kreme in the south, we don't need your gay yankee garbage.

      September 19, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
      • Derp

        speaking of adding nothing of note ...

        September 23, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
  12. Truth™

    Sanity at last! This can solve the whole issue!

    September 18, 2013 at 11:32 am |
    • Richard

      I love to go into a business like that since I get to tell the owner if I am injured or killed in their place they are liable for a massive civil suit. Their fear of guns goes away fast when shown they could get millions lost in law suits.

      September 19, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
  13. RichardHead

    What about my Metal Spork--a Defensive weapon given to me from Tazer Warrior Princess? I carry it with me at all times.

    September 18, 2013 at 10:39 am |
    • Andy

      I'd rather face 1000 50 Cal Desert Eagle Magnum Pistols than a metal spork in the hands of a professional. So versatile, so deadly...

      September 18, 2013 at 10:47 am |
    • Truth™@RichHead

      Tazer would be most proud to know she is still warmly remembered here in the Klatch...I'm not even sure she is writing her blog anymore...

      September 18, 2013 at 10:49 am |
  14. Truth™

    Here's a news flash for the anti gun crowd. Every day you are rubbing shoulders with people who are armed and you do not even realize it. At work, at the grocery store or gas station and at church. EVERY day.

    September 18, 2013 at 10:34 am |
    • RC

      Amen, bro. Plus where I live in Wa. it's an open carry state. I just might go to Starbucks today.

      September 18, 2013 at 10:39 am |
    • hcruickshank

      News flash: We do know it – and we're deciding not to participate.

      September 18, 2013 at 11:17 am |
      • Richard

        of course you know. Might explain that stain running down your leg. HAHAHA

        September 19, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      In Alaska, I think 1 in 10 people AREN'T packin' heat.

      September 18, 2013 at 11:28 am |
    • I Love Food

      We are QUITE aware of that , and it scares the living daylights out of us! I realize that YOU presume that all people carrying guns are "good law-abiding citizens" that would never do anyone harm, but we are NOT CONVINCED! Most ALL of the crazed gunmen who have purpetrated these horrific mass shootings were also so-called "good law abiding citizens" , right up until they started murdering innocent people! This is why I have NEVER, EVER stepped into a Starbucks and probably never will! I'm glad your guns keep YOU warm! Just keep them away from ME, and we'll get along just fine.

      September 18, 2013 at 12:20 pm |
      • We're everywhere!

        It's not just Starbucks...We're everywhere. In the grocery store, at the office, in the movie theatre, at church, or standing next to you at the bank. And for the record, NONE of the recent shooters had concealed carry permits. None.

        And for the record, one of us are far more likely to save your life than to take it. But stay home and hide under the bed if it makes you feel better.

        September 18, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
        • me

          And if you're carrying a weapon, there is a higher chance that you will accidently discharge is than if you weren't carryiing a weapon. And if a shooter comes in, I'm really not sure you're not going to shoot me by mistake or I will get caught in the crossfire when all the gun nuts pull out their guns and start shooting at everyone that is shooting. I REALLY don't feel safer because you are carrying a gun, so get over yourself.

          September 18, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
        • Oleg

          No, you are not everywhere! There are plenty of more progressive and more civilized countries, where it is safe to go to public places, post offices and supermarkets, even in the presence of local crazy people. Cause none of them has gune

          September 18, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
      • Richard

        you do know that the fear of inanimate objects is a mental disease.

        September 19, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
  15. Joe

    When this story makes big news, this country is in deep trouble. I live in a no gun neighborhood. No brainer.

    September 18, 2013 at 10:25 am |
    • Trigger

      So, You live in the Chicago or D.C.?
      How's that gun free zone working for 'ya

      September 18, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
  16. Joe Wallendorff

    This company is trying hard to stay nuetral in an issue that they should not even have to address nor should any business. The Laws of our nation is based in the Constitution, which says a person can carry open, and if we expand the reasoning for carrying open or concealed the idea of self protection is good enough. If Strabucks would post a sign saying they don't want them in there, they have that right and it should include all people, employee's and law enforcemnet when they are not on duty. Otherwise you can chose to go somewhere else as there are plenty of coffee shop. The real problem is if you honor their simple request then the weapon is in your car, available for any criminal or would be criminal. How is that responsible on your part and what good does it do in there if that mentally ill person goes crazy or some group decides to get vendictive over something. Conceal and carry is the best but it's not easy or completely non visible. I think both groups are using Starbucks now; one legally and one in protest of the law. Which they have the right to protest but not in Starbucks or they can threat to drink coffee somewhere else, so what if they feel safer in that gun free zone then they should be there.

    September 18, 2013 at 9:54 am |
  17. Andy

    What about swords? I have to know, are they pro or anti sword control?

    September 18, 2013 at 9:35 am |
    • Joe

      If you really need to know that, you better just stay home.

      September 18, 2013 at 10:29 am |
      • Andy

        Simple cutlery? Yay or nay?

        September 18, 2013 at 11:49 am |
    • Richard

      I keep a viking battle axe in my trunk. Hmmm.

      September 19, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
      • Andy

        I think that's fine as long as you are getting decaf...

        September 19, 2013 at 7:03 pm |
    • AleeD®

      Don't forget maces. Great for upper body workouts Those stores are usually pretty cramped but have great high ceilings, so you'll have to use an upswing instead.

      September 21, 2013 at 10:43 am |
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