Starbucks hopes free coffee, kindness can end the shutdown

10/9/2013 | Bloomberg

Starbucks is running a "pay-it-forward" campaign to encourage cooperation and sharing among customers that it hopes will trickle down to feuding federal lawmakers. Starbucks customers who buy someone else their favorite drink will get a free tall brewed coffee through Friday, according to an e-mail from CEO Howard Schultz. "This is a different yet authentic way Starbucks can help our fellow citizens to come together by supporting one another during a particularly challenging time," wrote Schultz.

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