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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Starbucks makes its position clear

I've been talking a lot about Starbucks lately (although not, I guess, as much as the Brady Bunch has). Almost a month ago, I had this to say:

Starbucks' response was pretty much what one would expect of a large corporation with enough sense to not be interested in being conscripted into either side of a culture war.
At risk of coming off a bit smug, I'll have to say that this Starbucks press release indicates I nailed that call (my emphasis added).
We recognize that there is significant and genuine passion surrounding the issue of open carry weapons laws. Advocacy groups from both sides of this issue have chosen to use Starbucks as a way to draw attention to their positions.

While we deeply respect the views of all our customers, Starbucks long-standing approach to this issue remains unchanged. We comply with local laws and statutes in all the communities we serve. In this case, 43 of the 50 U.S. states have open carry weapon laws. Where these laws don’t exist, we comply with laws that prohibit the open carrying of weapons. The political, policy and legal debates around these issues belong in the legislatures and courts, not in our stores.

At the same time, we have a security protocol for any threatening situation that might occur in our stores. Partners are trained to call law enforcement as situations arise. We will continuously review our procedures to ensure the highest safety guidelines are in place and we will continue to work closely with law enforcement.

We have examined this issue through the lens of partner (employee) and customer safety. Were we to adopt a policy different from local laws allowing open carry, we would be forced to require our partners to ask law abiding customers to leave our stores, putting our partners in an unfair and potentially unsafe position.

As the public debate continues, we are asking all interested parties to refrain from putting Starbucks or our partners into the middle of this divisive issue. As a company, we are extremely sensitive to the issue of gun violence in our society. Our Starbucks family knows all too well the dangers that exist when guns are used irresponsibly and illegally. Without minimizing this unfortunate reality, we believe that supporting local laws is the right way for us to ensure a safe environment for both partners and customers.
In other words, F**K OFF, Brady Bunch!


Left Coast Conservative said...

I disagree with your conclusion. Starbucks is not taking either side, so they are not saying "f*** off" to anybody. They are not supporting open carry either. They are punting, preferring not to waste effort and resources taking a political position in a debate that both sides of which have no upside to their bottom line.

Kurt '45superman' Hofmann said...

This is my thinking:

Starbucks is not taking either side . . .

I completely agree, but the Open Carry side isn't asking them to take a side--they're only asking them to sell them expensive coffee.

The Brady Bunch, on the other hand, is demanding that they do so.

. . . so they are not saying "f*** off" to anybody.

Yes, they are--to the Brady Bunch, for demanding that they take a side, when, as you rightly point out, they have no incentive to do so, and every incentive not to.

I agree that they aren't taking the Open Carry side, either, and it wouldn't make business sense for them to do so, but Open Carry has never tried to force them to do so, while the Brady Bunch seems to have put more effort into raising awareness about that recently, than they have regarding McDonald.