On the subject of communicating with Starbucks, I thought this was a great response, and thought I’d share:
Starbucks is currently receiving petitions from both pro and anti gun political organizations asking it to pick a side and make a political statement. I would like to urge Starbucks to ignore both sides and just continue to make great coffee.
I got a real thrill out of your initial response to this, it went something like “we defer to federal, state and local laws and regulations regarding this issue”.
Please continue to do so, I love your coffee, several friends are happy employees at Starbucks around the world, and your social efforts (free trade etc.) all stack up to a net good. No good comes from getting involved in contentious political issues.
I thought this was good because it stresses the point that this is a contentious social issue that a company like Starbucks ought not insert itself into. Their policy of deferring to state law on these matters is a smart one. The should concentrate on making good coffee, not making political statements that runs the risk of pissing off a lot of their customers. The Brady folks are essentially asking Starbucks to be social activists, and that’s not their role in our society. Their role is making good coffee.