More on thoughts on Starbucks policies.

I made a post about Starbucks last night that has generated far more traffic than I anticipated and ruffled a few feathers. Here’s the deal. As I said before, it really should come as no surprise. Starbucks, up to this point, has been neither friend nor foe to the firearms community. Because they chose to openly state they were going to obey the law, they started taking heat from anti-gun folks who believed the company to be a largely liberal-leaning organization.

That was bad enough but, then a bunch of folks decided to poke the anti-gun folks in the eye by staging “Starbucks Appreciation Days.” That wouldn’t be a problem except that it unlike the Chick-fil-A appreciation days for their Christian stance, it actually ended up driving more customers away from Starbucks than it brought in. Counter protests and social media campaigns by the anti-gun folks did nothing to help matters.

In the end, the company’s operations were being impacted and they were loosing money when these events happened. It’s a publicly traded corporation that has to answer to its shareholders. The company is trying to take a stand to answer shareholder concerns and yet stay out of a very public debate. Unfortunately, any public stance they take is going to be a problem for one side or the other. Quite honestly, if they’d simply chosen to say nothing publicly, they would have been better off all the way around.

Read the CEO’s letter. And the memo to their employees. They have not banned guns but, if you actually look at what’s being addressed here, it’s the open carry issue. While not banning firearms outright but, they still ask that that firearms not be brought into the store and one can infer that the mean those carried openly as they have no way of knowing a gun is present if said gun is concealed. They go on to instruct their employees that people are still welcome even if carrying a firearm (again, the only way they’d know is if you did so openly) and that they should not confront anyone who is carrying a firearm nor should they ask that person to leave because they are carrying a firearm. While some will see it as a wishy-washy policy, in essence it says, “please don’t bring your political fights to our stores.”

Furthermore, Starbucks specifically instructs their employees to leave customers alone unless they are disruptive. The instructions go on to say that even if someone is carrying a firearm and a customer becomes offended by this, Starbucks has instructed their employees not to ask anyone to leave. Again, only if someone is being disruptive should they be asked to leave.  That’s a policy common to all establishments open to the public. Most would consider reasonable regardless of political stance. In fact, it’s a policy that could result in the anti-gun party being the one who is asked to leave.

As members of the firearms community, we certainly can choose to boycott Starbucks. But if I didn’t make this clear before, that’s a numbers game we will not currently win. Everyone has to make their own decision. Some folks will actually continue to patronize Starbucks while others take umbrage and take their money elsewhere. I’m not a Starbucks customer because I’ve never gotten into the coffee addiction so this policy has no impact on my life.  But as I’ve watched the Open Carry movement, I am constantly reminded of scenes of the 1960s and the height of the Civil Rights movement when similar actions by the Black Panthers led to California beginning it’s slippery fall into being the anti-gun state it is today.  All I can say is tread lightly. We have every right to swing our fists in anger but, that right generally stops at the next guys nose and he’s got every right to ask that we not swing our fists in his shop.

8 thoughts on “More on thoughts on Starbucks policies.

  1. I’ve never been a Starbucks fan but I had nothing against them outside of a casual disdain for their silly, cutesy lexicon, outrageous prices and what I perceive as trying too hard to be trendy. Like you, I’m not a coffee drinker but my family all drink coffee and I have occasionally accompanied them into a Starbucks and had a cup of tea and a snack. I always felt that their officially neutral stance was reasonable and propper.

    I’m also not a huge fan of open carry demonstrations. I support the right and have exercised it on very rare occasions but on those occasions I had far more immediate and weighty concerns than making a political point. When it comes to the politcal arena, however, I’m not convinced it’s a winning strategy.

    Starbucks was dragged into the debate by a small but very vocal bunch of anti-gun radicals. In the absence of the visable presence of firearms thats how the issue would continue to have been framed. In my humble opinion, support for Starbucks’ neutral policy could have been demonstrated in a less provocative fashion.

    • To continue…

      The open letter from Starbucks’ CEO is not the policy shift that the anti-liberty fruit loops were looking for. Still, it does come down slightly in their favor and, for that reason, I’m compelled to act in solidarity with the pro-freedom demonstrators and add Starbucks to the growing list of places that do not deserve my money.

  2. I am not a Starbucks fan but have visited their stores on occasion. If you do not NEED to be armed to visit Starbucks then you should continue going. Enjoy. If it makes you nervous to visit these gun free zones, especially those in liberal conclaves, just stay away. It is all about customer service, not the customer servicing Starbucks.

  3. Well I guess Starbucks felt the need to cut their own throat. I’ve never been in one and don’t plan on it any time soon. Piss me off and my money gets spent elsewhere.
    They always struck me as a bunch of Libtards, effete snobs, feminazis, PETA and ecoloons and college rejects. Come on, coffee is coffee, I don’t give a sh** what THEY call it.

  4. If I go to Starbucks I will continue to carry as I always have and the only way I legally can. Concealed.

    Now If I feel that I absolutely must be armed anyplace I Patronize I will seriously consider if I want to go there or if I want to choose a venue with a lower risk level to conduct my business.

  5. Okay, so if they have a badge and a gun in the open, then no one sis made uncomfortable, but if I walk in with a rifle or open pistol then that’s a bad thing. Hypocrisy. Reality maybe, but hypocrisy.

  6. Let me get this right, if two ugly chicks (or guys) holding hands and kissing makes me uncomfortable . . . They should not be able to engage in that behavior in Starbucks because it makes me uncomfortable?

    Maybe I can get used to this new limit on the exercise of our rights?

    Anyone with me? I mean, what’s good for the conservative pro 2nd amendment goose is good for that homosexual gander . . . Right?

    Didn’t think so!

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