Starbucks CEO says guns not welcome in stores
Starbucks is becoming a gun-free zone.
After months of wrangling over the highly-emotional issue, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz late Tuesday announced that guns are no longer permitted in Starbucks stores — or in Starbucks outdoor seating areas.
Schultz made the comments in an open letter to his "Fellow Americans" that was posted on the company's website.
In an interview with USA TODAY, also Tuesday, Schultz says: "The presence of a weapon in our stores is unsettling and upsetting for many of our customers."
But, to be clear, Starbucks will not slap an outright ban on guns, he says, because enforcing such a ban "would potentially require our partners to confront armed customers."
Full-page newspaper advertisements announcing the change will appear in Thursday's editions of USA TODAY, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.
For Starbucks, which has been embraced by the gun lobby for permitting guns in stores in those parts of more than 40 states that allow them, it's a major change of policy certain to have immediate blow-back from pro-gun enthusiasts.
Black Blade: Well, their coffee tastes like dog piss anyway. I tried it a couple times and was not at all impressed. I can go to my local coffee shop (owned by a LA hippy no less) where guns are no problemo at all. I tried a double cafe Americano in Starbucks in Salt Lake City airport and it was like drinking hot water. I tossed it after a couple sips. I guess besides low quality coffeewe now have low quality management willing to cave into political pressures.