Starting Oct. 11, copies of a petition to end the government shutdown were available for customers online and in Starbuck’s stores. The petition was available to be signed and taken into stores that Friday through the weekend.
Starbucks’ CEO Howard Shultz wrote on the Starbucks’ website “Please join us in doing what you and your companies can to give the American people the voice they currently lacka��”
Earlier that week, Starbucks held a soft-shell campaigna��urging customers to “pay it forwarda�� by purchasing a coffee for another customer. Immediately after this, their stores were filled with the petitions.
The petition reads; “To our leader in Washington D.C., now’s the time to come together to: 1. Reopen our government to serve the people. 2. Pay our debts on time to avoid another financial crisis. 3. Pass a bipartisan and comprehensive long-term budget deal by the end of the year.”
On Oct. 10, Shultz had sent letters to business leaders and spoke with over half of CEOs of companies listed on the Dow 30. He encouraged them to join in on this initiative. Schultz said that, “every CEO I spoke to shared my concern and my outrage about the situation in Washington.”
Shultz claims that he is acting primarily as an “American citizen and not as an executive” in order to provide the American people some sort of platform to voice their opinions and frustrations.
Copies of the petition were also available in tear out ads in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and the Washington Post. Starbucks urged its customers to sign up for email or text updates, share them on social media and download a badge for their social sites.