My name is Tim. I live in Hoover, Alabama.I decided to Open Carry today and I passed a Starbucks and decided I wanted a cup of coffee. I walked in Open Carrying, placed my order, and handed them a $20. bill.
THEY WOULD NOT ACCEPT IT!
I asked why they would not take my money, and they said, "It's free."
I asked why and the lady at the counter replied by saying, "Because you are helping make a difference by exercising your rights to Open Carry."
I begged her to take my money and even asked a manager to take my money and they wouldn't hear of it.
Thank You Starbucks for allowing lawful gun owners to open carry in your stores!
Also, Open Carry Blood Drive on April 10, 2010 in Birmingham. Contact me to let me know you'll be there! THANX!
TimBrandTheGreat2@myspace.com or 205-305-2214
That's great. Where is the blood drive in Birmingham?
The location has not been set up yet. We are still trying to get enough donors to set up the event. I want to try and get at least 30 and I'm hoping for 75 or so. Wishful thinking... i know. I'm currently talking with the American Red Cross and they have agreed to bring a donation bus to my specified site. I just have tp call them on Monday with a location. I need to find a business that won't mind and that also allows Open Carry. That way the donors have a place to shop and eat so they don't get too bored. LOL
I'm open to suggestions!
I sent a thank you response to Starbucks and they replied! The reply is below.
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We recognize that there is significant and genuine passion surrounding the issue of open carry weapons laws. Advocacy groups from both sides of this issue have chosen to use Starbucks as a way to draw attention to their positions.
While we deeply respect the views of all our customers, Starbucks long-standing approach to this issue remains unchanged. We comply with local laws and statutes in all the communities we serve. In this case, 43 of the 50 <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comffice:smarttags" />U.S.states have open carry weapon laws. Where these laws don't exist, we comply with laws that prohibit the open carrying of weapons. The political, policy and legal debates around these issues belong in the legislatures and courts, not in our stores.
At the same time, we have a security protocol for any threatening situation that might occur in our stores.Partners are trained to call law enforcement as situations arise.We will continuously review our procedures to ensure the highest safety guidelines are in place and we will continue to work closely with law enforcement.
We have examined this issue through the lens of partner (employee) and customer safety. Were we to adopt a policy different from local laws allowing open carry, we would be forced to require our partners to ask law abiding customers to leave our stores, putting our partners in an unfair and potentially unsafe position.
As the public debate continues, we are asking all interested parties to refrain from putting Starbucks or our partners into the middle of this divisive issue. As a company, we are extremely sensitive to the issue of gun violence in our society. Our Starbucks family knows all too well the dangers that exist when guns are used irresponsibly and illegally. Without minimizing this unfortunate reality, we believe that supporting local laws is the right way for us to ensure a safe environment for both partners and customers.
We appreciate you taking the time to share your perspective.
Starbucks Coffee Company
800 23-LATTE (235-2883)
Monday through Friday, 5AM to 6PM (PST)
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