An interesting and unsolicited email that I received follows…
“Recently Marines in Iraq wrote to Starbucks because they wanted to let them know how much they liked their coffees and to request that they send some of it to the troops there. Starbucks replied, telling the Marines thank you for their support of their business, but that Starbucks does not support the war, nor anyone in it, and that they would not send the troops their brand of coffee.
So as not to offend Starbucks, maybe we should not support them by buying any of their products! I feel we should get this out in the open. I know this war might not be very popular with some folks, but that doesn’t mean we don’t support the boys on the ground fighting street-to-street and house-to-house.
If you feel the same as I do then pass this along, or you can discard it and no one will never know.
Thanks very much for your support. I know you’ll all be there again when I deploy once more.
Sgt Howard C. Wright
1st Force Recon Co
1st Plt PLT
PLEASE DON’T DELETE THIS . . ALLOW IT TO BE PASSED TO ALL IN MEMORY OF ALL THE TROOPS WHO HAVE DIED SO THAT WE MAY HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE TO SUPPORT THEM OR NOT! ! !
Also, don’t forget that when the Twin Trade Towers were hit the fire fighters and rescue workers went to Starbucks because it was close by for water for the survivors and workers and Starbucks charged them! ! !
JUST A NOTE TO THIS; STARBUCKS HAD STORES ON SEVERAL MILITARY BASES IN THE UNITED STATES. THEY ARE NOW BEING REMOVED BECAUSE OF THIS. GO GET ‘EM AMERICA . STAND-UP FOR OURSELVES!”
Now keep in mind, I have my oldest son currently serving in the Army and have the moments of shear panic when I think of him NOT having something he “needs” but being able to send a box of things he “wants” is the LEAST of which I could do! How dare a major corporation such as this turn their backs in disdain – oddly enough, I had heard someone comment that Starbucks wasn’t doing so well – GOOD! Maybe they just need to close their doors and go support their own freedom. How do the employees of Starbucks feel? Would any of those nice people care to standup for the American Way?
Please, always check things like this on http://www.snopes.com
it is false.
Thank you for the additional information – I will still find other places to support as reading through all of the material indicates a company whose policy is to benefit from the consumers and not really take the pro-active steps forward when faced with decisions of integrity. Why would a company NOT reconcile the wrong of “one misguided employee” during a time that should have been stand up for humanity and support a person (especially public official during the terrorist attack.)