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Starbucks Appreciation Day

Joe Huffman floated an idea to a few gun bloggers over the weekend to organize a Starbucks appreciation day. I thought it sounded like a good idea, so I’ll join in asking people to participate.

This coming Sunday, February 21st we’re asking folks to go to Starbucks and buy something. But, perhaps most importantly, to let them know you’re taking part in an appreciation day organized by Second Amendment bloggers. Joe suggests telling the local folks, but I’m going to suggest you tell Starbucks corporate after you make your purchase. Corporate are the decision makers. So, next Sunday, I would suggest something like the following:

Some Second Amendment bloggers have organized an appreciation day, asking their readers to go patronize their local Starbucks this Sunday. Just wanted you folks to know that I went myself and enjoyed some XXXX, YYYY, and ZZZZ in appreciation for Starbucks continuing its focus on making a great products and great service rather than making statements on contentious social issues as the Brady Campaign suggests. Thanks for standing up to them.

I figure even if they only get a few hundred responses, it at least gives them a sense of the depth of passion on this issue, and this isn’t something just being driven by interest groups in Washington (well, at least on our side).

9 Responses to “Starbucks Appreciation Day”

  1. Keith says:

    I agree that we should voice our opinions to companies that make decisions that affect our lives. Our opposition or support of company policies both in contacting the company and either boycotting them or patronizing them is the best way.

    I like the idea of showing Starbucks our appreciation but instead of a single day I would suggest expanding it to an entire weekend or week. This would give people who aren’t able to visit a Starbucks on Sunday, for various reasons, a little more time to do so.

  2. Sebastian says:

    I don’t think there’s any problem with going on Saturday instead of Sunday. The “day” is really just symbolic. The important thing is to contact Starbucks around that day.

  3. Freiheit says:

    I’m afraid I may need to reiterate a point here. I posted my blurb to the Starbucks contact page, and next thing I know my first post to Snowflakes is on the front page.

    Keeping businesses the hell out of i is a two way street.

    If ‘bucks all of a sudden gets all this crap they’re going to be in one of the following positions:
    1. Forced to make an anti-gun decision, and piss off and lose customers.
    2. Forced to make a pro-gun decision, and piss off and lose customers.
    3. Do nothing, and piss off and lose customers.

    They make coffee just let them do that.

    If we really want to turn this into a battleground against Helmke and Brady, it’d be better to take the angle that the anti-gunners are using a political issue totally unrelated to the businesses interests and attempting to get that business to get involved in something that doesn’t affect it. The businesses involved don’t need to be pro-gun, they just need to not be anti-gun and we win.

  4. Sebastian says:

    I agree with you Freiheit. But we still want them seeing this as a contentious issue, rather than as a no brainer in favor of the Brady position.

  5. Andy says:

    Except.. man, I hate Starbucks. Oh, not the company per se, I used to be a stockholder. I just think it’s terrible coffee.

    Guess I could get a scone. I do like their scones.

  6. Freiheit says:

    So Andy, are you suggesting that everyone must get sconed?

  7. Bram says:

    I appreciate Starbucks several times a week when they fill my travel mu with the flavor of the day. I have even taken to making their instant coffee on weekend mornings when I’m feeling lazy. Not bad for instant.

  8. I don’t drink coffee, period (I’m a Pepsi addict; coffee tastes terrible to me). But whenever the wife goes to Starbucks I’ll buy a hot chocolate. They do a pretty good job on those. So if you don’t drink coffee or eat scones, there are other options as well!

  9. Steve S says:

    here was my comment to starbucks, I left this under ‘Corporate social responsibility’, hopefully it’ll get to the right people.

    [quote]My wife and I patronized your store today Sunday, February 21st and enjoyed a few coffees specifically in support of the second amendment bloggers’ “Starbucks Appreciation Day” Thank you. We would not have been your customers today had your corporation decided to politicize serving coffee.[/quote]

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