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Starbucks cups to come with political message

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 26, 2012 at 10:36 a.m.

— Starbucks is using its coffee cups to jump into the political fray in Washington.

The world’s biggest coffee chain is asking employees at cafes in the Washington, D.C. area to scribble the words “Come Together” on cups for drink orders. Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz says the words are intended as a message to lawmakers about the damage being caused by the divisive negotiations over the “fiscal cliff.”

It’s the first time employees at Starbucks cafes are being asked to write anything other than customers’ names on cups.

This isn’t the first time the coffee chain is using its platform to send a political message. In the summer of 2011, Schultz also asked other CEOs and the public to stop making campaign contributions until politicians found a way to deal with a crisis over the debt ceiling that led to a downgrade in the country’s credit rating.

For the latest push, Starbucks is taking out an ad in the Washington Post on Thursday showing a cup with the words “Come Together” on it.

The “fiscal cliff” refers to the steep tax increases and spending cuts set to take effect Jan. 1, unless the White House and Congress reach an agreement to avoid them.

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Redlab says... December 26, 2012 at 12:38 p.m.

Who cares what Starbuck's does, they have disgusting coffee anyway. It tastes like warmed up dishwater.

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Gale_Gill says... December 26, 2012 at 2:06 p.m.

I disagree with Redlab. I enjoy going to Starbucks, but I admit I like flavored coffee and treat myself to the various choices. Also, I prefer frappaccinos (sp?) even in the winter.

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GAITOR says... December 26, 2012 at 2:38 p.m.

Starbucks neees to set up shop in the White House and pass out their cups with messages.

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FreeSpiritMan says... December 26, 2012 at 3:07 p.m.

Is "Come Together" not neutral enough for you right wingers, what should be said on the cups.

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Redlab says... December 26, 2012 at 5:46 p.m.

Bill Smith - How about just the name of the company, that will work. Everything is not political but people and companies sure try to make it that way which IMO is pathetic. When I buy something such as coffee I want just that and no politics involved but as I said in my original comment who cares what Starbuck's does etc.

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PaulRevere says... December 27, 2012 at 9:09 a.m.

Good coffee, but too expensive. Don't go there much, but I would just request another cup of coffee without the politics. Taken by themselves, the words "come together" are neutral enough, but knowing the company's politics, their political comments are not acceptable to me.

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sawyerandfinn08181801 says... December 27, 2012 at 9:41 a.m.

The Common Good is a virtue that has been around a while:

This is the rule of most perfect Christianity, its most exact definition, its highest point, namely, the seeking of the common good … for nothing can so make a person an imitator of Christ as caring for neighbors.

—John Chrysostom (ca. 347–407)

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