Starbucks starts petition to end shutdown, ask customers to sign

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Posted on October 11, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 11 at 4:48 PM

WHAS11--The CEO of a popular coffee company is firing back at lawmakers.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz had harsh words for members of Congress amid the government shutdown.

The company is asking customers to help pressure lawmakers in Washington to end the partial government shutdown and solve the debt crisis.  Friday the company distributed a petition asking Congress and the White House to re-open the government and serve the people.

“And what's so perverse is, this is not something that has been invented,” Schultz said. “This is something that is self-induced. This is something that is just political. We have to bury the hatchet in terms of our political differences as civil discourse and let people get in a room and commit to themselves they're not going to leave the room until they solve the problem for the American people.”

Ads were also placed in Friday’s newspapers, like the New York Times and USA Today, that can be torn out, signed and dropped off at any Starbucks location.

 

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