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I got this in an e-mail and it really pissed me off, especially since I spent 7 years in the Army.

P.S. I hope I got this in the right forum.




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!
As a war vet writing to fellow patriots, 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 for what they and I believe is right.
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.

"Semper Fidelis."
Sgt Howard C. Wright
1st Force Recon Co
1st Plt PLT

PLEASE DON'T DELETE THIS ... ALLOW IT TO BE PASSED TO ALL IN MEMORYOF ALL THE TROOPS WHO HAVE DIED SO THAT WE MAY HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE TO SUPPORT THEM OR NOT!!!

Not sure if this is true or not, but I'll pass it along anyway...

Text of Sgt. Wright's Email:

Dear Readers,

Almost 5 months ago I sent an e-mail to you my faithful friends. I did a wrong thing that needs to be cleared up. I heard by word of mouth about how Starbucks said they didn't support the war and all. I was having enough of that kind of talk and didn't do my research properly like I should have. This is not true. Starbucks supports men and women in uniform. They have personally contacted me and I have been sent many copies of their company's policy on this issue. So I apologize for this quick and wrong letter that I sent out to you.

Now I ask that you all pass this email around to everyone you passed the last one to. Thank you very much for understanding about this.

Howard C. Wright
Sgt USMC
1st Force Recon Co
1st Plt PLT RTO Return

 

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I don't drink coffee anyhow so I'll back you on this.

Without getting into a political debate, I'm not a big fan of the war either. BUT, I support our troops 110%. They are doing their jobs, they fight for us, the people. Say what you want about the politicians or the government but support our troops. If it wasn't for them protecting our freedoms we'd not have the liberty of sitting at home / work and berating our own government.
 

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Starbucks Statement on Refusal to Donate Coffee to U.S. Marines
Response to Internet rumor



Thank you for taking the time to contact Starbucks regarding coffee donations to those serving in our armed forces.

Starbucks has the deepest respect and admiration for U.S. military personnel. We are extremely grateful to the men and women who serve stateside or overseas. We sincerely appreciate that they are willing to risk their lives to protect Americans and our values of freedom and democracy. While Starbucks as a company cannot directly donate to military personnel, many of our partners (employees) show their support by donating coffee.

Recently, there was an e-mail circulating the internet that contained misinformation about Starbucks and our support of the military. Starbucks was able to locate the author who turned out to be a Marine Sergeant. He was very grateful that we contacted him and apologized for any misunderstanding, as he did not intend to spread the rumor. He subsequently sent an e-mail to his original distribution list correcting his mistake, which I've included at the end of this e-mail.

I would like to take this opportunity to clarify Starbucks policy regarding charitable contributions. We are able to donate to nonprofit organizations that are designated as public charities under Section 501(c) (3) of the IRS Code, including public libraries and schools. The U.S. military or individual military personnel do not qualify as a public charity.

However, on an individual level, many Starbucks partners have collected and shipped numerous pounds of Starbucks coffee overseas. Starbucks partners receive one pound of free coffee each week as an employee benefit (known as "partner mark-out"). Many of our partners have elected to send their weekly mark-out of coffee to members of the military or military families, and related organizations.

As an example of this generosity, our partners in our Atascadero, California store sent their weekly mark out coffee to troops in Afghanistan so they are able to enjoy a little piece of home. Our customer relations department in Seattle donated hundreds of pounds of coffee to the sailors in the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier group. These are just a few examples of our partners supporting the troops. We recognize and appreciate the very personal connection that customers have with us and how they might miss their Starbucks Experience while overseas.

Thank you again for writing and ask you to accept our deepest appreciation to servicemen and women and hope you remain a valued Starbucks customer. If you have any additional feedback or would like to discuss this further, please feel free to contact us at (800) 235-2883 or email us at [email protected].

Sincerely,
David Campbell
Customer Relations
Starbucks Coffee Company

Text of Sgt. Wright's Email:

Dear Readers,

Almost 5 months ago I sent an e-mail to you my faithful friends. I did a wrong thing that needs to be cleared up. I heard by word of mouth about how Starbucks said they didn't support the war and all. I was having enough of that kind of talk and didn't do my research properly like I should have. This is not true. Starbucks supports men and women in uniform. They have personally contacted me and I have been sent many copies of their company's policy on this issue. So I apologize for this quick and wrong letter that I sent out to you.

Now I ask that you all pass this email around to everyone you passed the last one to. Thank you very much for understanding about this.

Howard C. Wright
Sgt USMC
1st Force Recon Co
1st Plt PLT RTO Return

 

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a little big but thats what i just got off the web. not a coffee drinker but if ur going to boycott a company might as well get the facts straight.


RLTW
 

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no way will i boycott starbucks. i support them with 4 bucks everyday. venti caramel macchiato. ohhhh mannn i think im going right now... but seriously, im addicted to coffee
 

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Jesus. People jumping to conclusions as usual.

Having worked for Starbucks for a LONG time, they generally try to donate to everyone, no matter the cause. On a corporate level, they are not allowed to donate to any churches, military, etc etc. Think about it. If they donate to some Catholic church at the CORPORATE LEVEL, then everyone ELSE will start screaming that Starbucks favors Catholicism. Same goes for the military. They DO encourage us to donate to the community at a store level at our discretion. Many of our partners have donated to the military, specific religions, schools, etc.

As a huge corporation, I think they have done an excellent job contributing to our communites, as well as the coffee communities in the countries of origin where they purchase coffee.

I don't even work for them anymore, but everyone wants to pick on them because they're so big. Think before you speak.
 

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starbucks seems like a pretty good company to me. They may spread like wildfire, charge alot for their sub-par coffee, and try to sell you as much mindless crap as they can, but they do support the community, and the few in my town all employ mentally handicapped people.

I personally don't go to starbucks because i don't need to overpay for someone else's ass juice. I make my own.
 

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if people are buying, why not raise the price a little more and people would still pay for it. It's all about business guys. Some people don't mind paying $4 bucks for some coffee and starbucks is happy that people are paying that much.
 

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I don't think people understand how much work it really takes to make just one cup of coffee... They charge $1.75 for a LARGE cup of coffee.

The $4.00 drinks include espresso, milk, some sort of something else like chocolate or whipped cream, and a topping like caramel. Then they have to pay someone more than $7 an hour to make it for you. Think about the cost of the paper goods, milk, chocolate, coffee, equipment, labor... Don't complain. They only make a lot of money because of their volume.

I am starting up my own coffee shop, and really - Starbucks doesn't overcharge.
 
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