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Will Starbucks coffee cups make the difference?

L.A. Times 2012/12/26 23:13:43
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When Obama administration officials and congressional lawmakers take a break from their wrangling over the "fiscal cliff" to grab some Starbucks coffee, they'll get a message right on their cup imploring them to strike a deal.

Employees in Starbucks Corp.'s Washington stores will write "Come Together" on customers' cups in hopes of pushing policymakers to avoid the tax increases and federal spending cuts coming on Tuesday.

"Rather than be bystanders, we have an opportunity -- and I believe a responsibility -- to use our company's scale for good by sending a respectful and optimistic message to our elected officials to come together and reach common ground on this important issue," Starbucks Chief Executive Howard Schultz said on the company's blog Wednesday.

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  • Ben 2012/12/27 22:07:26
    No
    Ben
    +20
    What would be effective is to charge the congressmen $100 a cup with an explanation written on side that says "Inflation, bitches. Thanks a lot."

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  • marty 2013/01/01 22:42:12
    No
    marty
    but nice try.
  • doofiegirl BTO-t- BCRA-F ~... 2013/01/01 09:35:05
    No
    doofiegirl  BTO-t- BCRA-F ~PWCM~
    +1
    NOTHING will make a difference except to get rid of the fools in Washington!
  • Jesferkicks 2013/01/01 07:53:07
    No
    Jesferkicks
    +1
    China is catching us. While we currently hold the lead with approximately one Starbucks for every intersection, Starbucks is going gangbusters in China with already one Starbucks for every 1.9 million Chinese citizens.

    So, if you take the population of China and add in Hong Kong @ 7 million, Macao @ 1/2 million & Taiwan @ 23 million you'll get about 1.34 billion. Divide that by 1.9 million to derive 705 Starbuck shops in China Greator (the company claims 732). Starbucks in USA ≈ 13,000. Canada ≈ 1,300. Japan ≈ 977. United Kingdom ≈ 793. South Korea ≈ 473. Mexico ≈ 363. Philippines ≈ 204. Thailand ≈ 164. Starbucks is the 3rd largest restaurant chain in the world.
  • Zepland 2012/12/31 21:48:05
    No
    Zepland
    I am not surprised that they drink Starbuck's while I swallow Folger's.
    PIGS (people in government slots)
  • mike j 2012/12/31 20:25:31
    No
    mike j
    you know, i dont go in and get my Starbucks to have somebody give me a lecture on a cup
  • Wulfdane 2012/12/31 19:56:43
    No
    Wulfdane
    Of course not.
  • Emma 2012/12/31 16:16:38
    No
    Emma
    +1
    i dont think much will make a difference , especially not starbucks
  • BrianD3 2012/12/31 13:34:20
    No
    BrianD3
    compromise is suicide
  • ur XLNC-PWCM 2012/12/31 05:08:26
    No
    ur XLNC-PWCM
    +2
    It's ALL theater....same story as the debt ceiling. It's distraction and a problem THEY perpetrated by getting US to re-elect THEM to continue the theater!
  • Tom Trojan 2012/12/31 04:14:20
    No
    Tom Trojan
    Not unless they write "CUT SPENDING" on every cup.......
  • Sophia 2012/12/31 02:55:14
    No
    Sophia
    come on!!! next thing we know they will need pep talks to talk to each other provided by corporations and agencies!!!
  • Sofahead 2012/12/30 23:33:36
    No
    Sofahead
    +1
    Not only unlikely but probably regarded as annoying which is counterproductive.
  • Pistol Pete 2012/12/30 23:04:34
    No
    Pistol Pete
    +4
    No difference at all. Politicians ALL (both parties) work for the Lobbyists in this country. NOT their Constituents!
  • pammerjammer 2012/12/30 22:39:37
    No
    pammerjammer
    +3
    Lawmakers have their own agenda. Maybe if you taped money to the cup...
  • Sophia pammerj... 2012/12/31 02:48:41
    Sophia
    +1
    yeah...or increase their paycheck
  • Rick Armin 2012/12/30 22:32:20
    No
    Rick Armin
    +3
    I don't see how. Personally, I had to stop going to Starbucks when my credit rating went down and I couldn't get financing anymore.
  • Bolrog Rick Armin 2012/12/30 23:14:15
    Bolrog
    lol...good one
  • jennjenn.mac1 2012/12/30 21:45:34
    Yes
    jennjenn.mac1
    +1
    I feel anyone willing to try and help are better to succeed on getting a message across then those who are just bystanders. More people need to take a stand in this country and speak out against what their government is doing. If we do not try to make our voices heard, then we are just going to be lost in our sorrows & woe's when EVERYONE is placed in shackles.
  • roger.tafel 2012/12/30 21:35:18
    No
    roger.tafel
    +3
    Nothing makes a difference with the guys and gals on Capitol Hill unless it means that they will likely lose the next election. They care not what happens to America or Americans unless it means they lose their seat. It is a nice gesture and I applaud the fact that something is being done on a grassroots level, but nothing short of voting the bums out will solve the problem.
  • s2k 2012/12/30 17:45:45
    No
    s2k
    +5
    Starbucks is one of the reasons we're in the jam we're in. $6 for a 79 cent cup of coffee and Americans with no savings or retirement line up to "treat themselves" all day everyday
  • Mike 2012/12/30 17:27:51
    No
    Mike
    +5
    This is simply a marketing tool for Starbucks
  • MrsJJS 2012/12/30 16:09:11
    Yes
    MrsJJS
    +4
    Not perhaps for the fiscal cliff but definitely a lot of free publicity for Starbucks.
  • gregory.brown.5030 2012/12/30 15:29:30
    No
    gregory.brown.5030
    +1
    but, at least it's something positive.
  • Raymond59 2012/12/30 10:49:58
    No
    Raymond59
    +4
    "Employees in Starbucks Corp.'s Washington stores" would be better off just doing their Jobs & leave the Politics alone.
  • JekLtM 2012/12/30 08:59:22
    No
    JekLtM
    +2
    Kudos for small attempts
  • Zepland JekLtM 2012/12/31 21:51:47
    Zepland
    The people need to keep asserting their individual brain power. All the little things add up to a big difference. I think I'm beginning to see hope.
  • redhorse29 2012/12/30 06:05:02
    No
    redhorse29
    +5
    None at all. The politicians are wrapped up in an annual dance only they understand. The nation and people are secondary to the politics.
  • Flamingolady 2012/12/30 04:54:37
  • Mike 2012/12/30 04:17:47
    No
    Mike
    +3
    what difference ?
  • Zepland Mike 2012/12/31 21:52:54
    Zepland
    It's a small thing to do to let them know we own their jobs and we're everywhere.
  • Christopher Kirchen 2012/12/30 03:43:49
    No
    Christopher Kirchen
    +7
    Most of those dinks don't give a damn what their constituency says, or their coffee cups. They know most people vote by party and by name recognition so they figure they have it made as long as they're alive.
  • T A Christo... 2012/12/31 07:07:29
    T A
    They set up the districts to ensure the outcomes. They absolutely are set for life. And their constituents didn't pay for their campaign. Of course they don't care. And finally, they get paid whether they do what they said or not and they get a lavish retirement regardless. And people expect accountability? Really? What a scam.
  • brunyon 2012/12/30 03:41:29
  • calvin236 2012/12/30 03:29:09
    No
    calvin236
    +1
    It could, but i doubt it.
  • USAF Vet 2012/12/30 02:45:26
    No
    USAF Vet
    +3
    This is nothing more than a 'feel good' PR gimmick.
  • Golden Panther 2012/12/29 20:14:12
    No
    Golden Panther
    +4
    It figures the idiots in congress would drink Starbucks, the most expensive and overrated brand that you can buy... hell, McDonalds and am/pm make better coffee and they are almost $4 cheaper..
  • CaptShu 2012/12/29 20:07:47
    No
    CaptShu
    +7
    Silly politics, but good marketing. Any time you can get your company's name in the headlines at no cost by pretending to "care", do it. I don't blame Starbucks at all for this. I kind of feel sorry for the poor saps that thinks this means anything, though.
  • darkest soul 2012/12/29 18:53:00
    No
    darkest soul
    +2
    No more so than Dove chocolate thinking it will make their chocolate any better by printing positive messages on their wrapers. Or Halls Cough Drops and their little bit of inspiration. Sure, it may put a positive spin on a bleek situation, but how will that help things?

    Plus, i'm sure that if they start printing that stuff on the cups the price of their coffee will go up even more because they'll have to pass on the cost of the printing to it's customers.

    Thanks, but no thanks. I will stick with good old Stewart's coffee. Cheaper and just as good. (Our local chain convenience store. And they help the economy of Upstate NY because they buy local. Now THAT is putting words into action!)
  • Mike darkest... 2012/12/30 04:20:05
    Mike
    +2
    almost as idiotic as Gerald Ford's "Whip Inflation Now!" buttons that he came up with during his unfortunate reign!
  • Sharon Harmon 2012/12/29 18:34:03
    No
    Sharon Harmon
    +1
    Unless and until Starbucks wants gov't interfering with their coffee purchasing practices, I think business (Chamber of Commerce?) needs to stay out of politics. Politics is for Humans, not big business whose agenda is not relevant. They're in it for profit.

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