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Starbucks: Please Leave Your Guns Out of Our Stores

In a move that may only be surprising in that it hadn’t already been made, Starbucks has issued a polite request that their customers not carry any guns into their stores. They’re not banning guns, per se—gun-toting coffee drinkers will be served like any other customer—but Starbucks would just rather you didn’t bring them into the store. Admittedly, there aren’t a lot of stores urging their customers to arm themselves before entering, so it’s hard to see what Starbucks is aiming for here, but it’s a move that CEO Howard Schultz feels deeply about. “I’ve spent a significant amount of personal time on this issue in the last several months,” he wrote in an open letter. “And I’ve seen the emotionally charged nature of this issue and how polarizing it is on both sides.” Schultz told the New York Times that “I want to make it very clear that Starbucks is not a policy maker and as a company we are not pro- or anti-gun” …

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