PORTLAND, Ore. – If you hurry, you can order a grande no-whip peppermint mocha and help end the government shut down before you get to work Friday.
That’s Howard Schultz’s idea, anyway.
Starbucks' CEO stocked the company’s stores with petitions that went out Friday, aimed at convincing Congress and the White House to do three things: Reopen the government, pay the United States' debts on time and pass a bipartisan budget deal by the end of the year.
“We at Starbucks have been asking ourselves, literally, what can we do to use our scale for good, and how can we possibly make a difference in this situation?” Schultz said in a video message he made.
The petition was off to a slow start at least one Starbucks on Friday morning. By 6:30 a.m., nobody but employees had signed a petition at a location on S.E. Powell Blvd.
“I think I’m kind of surprised,” said Kim Simmons, who was waiting in line at the drive-through. “I need to look into it more. I don’t think I would sign it right now, but it’s very interesting that they’re taking this stance.”
Employees at the store said they were told not to push the petition – customers must take the initiative and ask about it.
As the day wore on, the petitions gathered some steam.
"I think that Starbucks probably act with more constituents of our congressman on a daily basis than our congressman does," said Kim Upham, who said she signed the petition. "So they are probably closer to the pulse of the people and know what people want."