SEATTLE – Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks, has decided that all of the attention that his organization has received in allowing people to open carry inside coffee shops where the law allows it needs to stop.
To that extent, Schultz went to the bloggersphere last night to put an end to it, once and for all.
“…Today we are respectfully requesting that customers no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas,” Schultz wrote, “even in states where ‘open carry’ is permitted – unless they are active law enforcement personnel.”
The reason behind this shift is that Schultz is uncomfortable being at the center of a polarizing topic in the United States, saying that they were unwillingly thrust into the debate. This was especially the case with the many recent Starbucks Appreciation Days.
“To be clear,” wrote Schultz, “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.”
Schultz says this isn’t an outright ban, but instead wants responsible gun owners to do the right thing. “…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.”
Reaction to Schultz’s post yesterday has been mixed, with many open carry supporters stating they’ll never go to a Starbucks again. Others have said since it’s just a request, they’ll choose to ignore it. Others have said they’ll spend twice as much to make up for gun rights activists who choose not to frequent Starbucks any more.
Whatever the case may be on the individual level, one fact is for certain: Starbucks has decided that they don’t want to take a side in the gun rights debate after all.
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