Why I Will Buy Expensive Coffee This Saturday: Encouraging Corporate Responsibility

I don’t normally think about Starbuck’s as a corporation whose policies I admire. (Actually, since I make my coffee at home or, at most, buy it at McDonald’s, I don’t normally think about Starbuck’s at all.) But I do like their coffee when I get to drink it. So I plan to buy a cup of their brew this coming Saturday on the off chance I might contribute to a national action that will neutralize any effect of a proposed boycott for that day.

“An advocacy group has called for ‘Skip Starbucks Saturday’ this weekend — a nationwide boycott on Aug. 24, to pressure the coffee giant to amend its current policy, which allows customers to carry loaded guns into Starbucks stores where permitted by state law. ‘Many moms are unaware that if they take their children to Starbucks, their children may be standing next to a customer who has a loaded weapon,’ says Shannon Watts, founder of the non-profit group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She says the group hopes to gather 25,000 signatures to ban guns at all U.S. Starbucks stores. She hopes to personally present the signatures to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.”

Right, because, if someone brings a gun to Starbuck’s to hurt other people, it will only happen if it is allowed by Starbuck’s official policy. As soon as Starbuck’s puts “no guns allowed” stickers on their glass doors suddenly everyone will be safe.

I am glad, however, that an organization has pointed out to mom’s that they are not in a gun free zone when they are at Starbuck’s. Because then it might dawn on them that they have safely ordered Ventis at the counter and drank them on the premises without ever noticing a gun, let alone experiencing gunfire. In short, moms and others need to realize they and their children have been and continue to be perfectly safe. They have never been in any danger.

Furthermore, if anyone was stupid enough to try to murder others in one of the Starbucks that allows firearms, their children would be more likely to be protected precisely because such places are not gun free zones. There is a higher probability that there will be armed good guys present.

Why should I care if Starbucks changes their policies? Simply because I don’t want the media to have another propaganda point they can use to build a fake consensus that will pressure other corporations.

I have no idea if Starbuck’s would really change their policies if a one-day strike hurt them. I suspect they realize that changing their practice would earn them a longer boycott from the other side.

But better safe than sorry.