Advertising Age reported that Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz published an open letter to customers that featured the following key message:
For these reasons, today we are respectfully requesting that customers no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas -- even in states where “open carry” is permitted -- unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel.
Um, Starbucks prohibits customers from smoking in their stores. Consuming alcohol is generally banned too. You probably are even forbidden from bringing beloved pets onto the premises. But Schultz is only “respectfully requesting” that patrons not pack heat?
Would you like a shot of espresso? No, thanks, I’ve got a shotgun.