Starbucks CEO Calls For End to Government Shutdown

Howard Schultz says he's 'utterly disappointed by the level of irresponsibility and dysfunction' in Washington

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Howard Schultz, president and chief executive officer of Starbucks Corp.

The outspoken CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, penned an open letter Monday calling for an end to the federal government shutdown and partisan discord in Washington, asking fellow business leaders to help “address the crisis of confidence that is needlessly being set in motion.”

“Like so many of you, I find myself utterly disappointed by the level of irresponsibility and dysfunction we are witness to with our elected political leadership,” Schultz wrote on the company website as the government shutdown entered its second week.

“I’d like to encourage you to consider what your companies and organizations can do to help shift the norms of our country back toward civility, compromise and problem-solving,” he said.

This isn’t the first instance in which Schultz has waded into politically charged waters. The CEO of the world’s largest coffee chain called in 2011 for lawmakers to reach a deal during a rancorous debt ceiling debate. Last month, after a spate of mass shootings, Schultz asked customers to voluntarily keep guns out of Starbucks stores.

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The_Realist
The_Realist

Don't lie about Schultz' gun policy rationale. The Open Carry Crowd and Moms Demand Action were essentially engaging in political Jets vs Sharks on his stores' premises. If you want to be a news organization, sell the facts. You might find yourself in a better financial position.

Btw, you still missed the Starbucks story: "Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) CEO Howard Schultz is offering free coffee to customers in a bid to get the nation's lawmakers to come together to end the government shutdown, which has dragged on for more than a week now."

SpyTronix
SpyTronix

Good for Howard Schultz - how true! Over 70% of our staff are retired military veterans, and some of our guys did not receive a full paycheck. > Spy-Tronix.