Starbucks CEO starts petition against government shutdown
NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Starbucks Corp plans to circulate petitions to customers across the United States (US) urging lawmakers to reopen the partially closed government and avoid a looming default, the coffee chain's chief executive (CEO) Howard Schultz said on Thursday.
Mr Schultz said he was acting because of a "sad and striking realisation that the American people have no platform with which to voice their frustration and outrage" over the shutdown, which began last week after Democrats rejected Republican efforts to undercut the Affordable Care Act.
The "voluntary, non-partisan" petition asks Congress and the White House to reopen the government, pay US debts on time, and pass a long-term bipartisan budget deal by the end of the year.
Copies will be available in Starbucks stores, online, and in tear-out ads due to run on Friday in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and the Washington Post. From this Friday through the weekend, people can take a signed petition to a Starbucks store or sign it in a store. They can also sign the petition online.