Please don't bring your guns here....

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  1. gator996
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    Gun activists getting a little ahead of themselves... :laugh:


    http://news.yahoo.com/starbucks-guns-in-stores-letter-140015379.html
    Starbucks CEO to customers: Please don't bring guns into our stores

    Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz is asking customers not to bring their guns into the stores but says he is not banning them.

    In an open letter to customers posted on the Starbucks website late Tuesday, Schultz explained the company had been "thrust unwillingly" into the middle of the gun debate, after gun rights group announced plans for a "Starbucks Appreciation Day" to recognize the Seattle-based chain's policy of allowing gun owners to bring in their weapons where permitted by state law.

    "That’s why I am writing today with a respectful request that customers no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas," Schultz explained. "From the beginning, our vision at Starbucks has been to create a 'third place' between home and work where people can come together to enjoy the peace and pleasure of coffee and community. Our values have always centered on building community rather than dividing people, and our stores exist to give every customer a safe and comfortable respite from the concerns of daily life."

    He continued:

    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.
    But Schultz said customers who ignore his request to leave their guns at home would not be asked to leave.


    This is a request and not an outright ban. Why? Because we want to give responsible gun owners the chance to respect our request — and also because enforcing a ban would potentially require our partners to confront armed customers, and that is not a role I am comfortable asking Starbucks partners to take on.

    Schultz added:

    For those who champion “open carry,” please respect that Starbucks stores are places where everyone should feel relaxed and comfortable. The presence of a weapon in our stores is unsettling and upsetting for many of our customers.


    The company said it plans to buy ad space to publish the letter on Thursday in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and USA Today.
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    The open carry crowd is going to push the issue until Starbucks bans guns altogether. Then they'll cry and whine about how their 2nd amendment rights are being taken away. If only there was a way to carry a gun into Starbucks in such a way that it didn't bother other people...you know like hide it on your person in such a way that it's concealed or something.
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    I will not pay $5 for a cup of coffee-but if I wanted to go in there with my gun holstered to my waist-I will do so-company is out of Seattle-what more do you need to know
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    Starbucks sucks anyway.
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    Gun toters are notoriously associated with quasi-hip over-priced coffee shops, so this makes sense.
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    Seems like gun activists were "appreciating"..
    Now they're just straight "hating"...

    :laugh:

    What happened to the idea of property owners rights?

    You guys want to defend the right of a restaurant to deny service based on race but seem a little pissed off when the owner doesn't want guns on the premises.


    Hypocrites.
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    Oh darn! How do they expect us to stir our coffee, with those little sticks?
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    "Asked not to bring a gun in the store but no ban."

    He can ban them, as this is a matter of property rights. That said, I think I would comply with his request.

    I don't carry all the often anyway.
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    Starbucks is freaking McDonalds...


    If you think Starbucks is quasi-hip it says more about you than you realize.
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    I think quasi-hip (meaning not hip at all) is pretty accurate.
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    No need for the over the top reaction.

    quasi-
    combining form
    1.
    seemingly; apparently but not really.

    source: google.com
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    What over the top reaction?

    I'm laughing at you for your joke.


    The gun activists chose Starbucks...not the other way around.
    I guess there are more gun activists that like "quasi-hip" coffee shops than you realize.
    :laugh:
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    Pseudo-hip might be better, but quasi-hip works fine, and it was a joke anyway. No need to hyperventilate over the word choice.
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    Who's hyperventilating? :grin:

    The joke is the rural gun owners must be city coffee house wannabe types....
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    maybe they should only serve decaf to those carrying guns...now THAT is something to fight about!
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    So guns aren't welcome, but if you wear one in their store they won't do anything or kick you out but will continue to serve you as normal.

    They are attempting to not take a stance but are, in fact, taking a stance and pissing off a lot of people
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    Rep for laughing out loud causation.

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