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Hope it's ok to post this....Starbucks denies Marines
February 28, 2006
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Starbucks Denies Coffee to Marines !!

Recently Marines in Iraq wrote to Starbucks because they wanted to let them
know how much they liked their coffee and to request that they send some of it
to the troops there.

Starbucks replied, telling the Marines thank you for their support of their business, but that Starbucks does not support the war, nor anyone in it, and that they would not send the troops their brand of coffee.

So as not to offend Starbucks, maybe we should not support them by buying any of their products!

As a war vet writing to fellow patriots, I feel we should get this out in the open. I know this war might not be very popular with some folks, but that doesn't mean we don't support the boys on the ground fighting street-to-street and house-to-house for what they and I believe is right.

If you feel the same as I do then pass this along, or you can discard it and no one will never know.

Thanks very much for your support. I know you'll all be there again when I deploy once more.

"Semper Fidelis."
Sgt Howard C. Wright
1st Force Recon Co
1st Plt PLT

February 28, 2006
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I looked this up and it appears to be a hoax. Yet again. Here is a reponse from Starbucks.

Starbucks assured him of their support of the military and that the only reason any coffee was not donated was because the official Starbucks donation policy authorizes such gifts to officially designated public charities, including libraries and schools, and that the U.S. military or military personnel do not qualify. The company said that there have been employees that have showed their support through donations of coffee.
Starbucks told us that many of the company's employees (called "partners" by Starbucks) receive one pound of free coffee each week and some of that coffee has gone to members of the military or related organizations.

I don't drink coffee so I am bias to this. I do support our troops for I served in the military and have been deployed before. I pray that God looks after the troops.

Much Luv

February 28, 2006
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Thanks luv

February 28, 2006
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I think that it's perfectly fair to choose not to support a cause. I also love french wine and do not think that we should send back the statue of liberty (wasn't built here, you know). And I love Canada, who also chose seomthing different than America. And, I love a few very close friends who opt to fight in a war I do not support, and I would hope that they do not demand that I love exactly what I do to deserve their respect and friendship.

It's almost as if part of what makes this country great is the freedom to choose what you believe in and what you don't or something. I think it's an interesting concept, boycotting a place for exercizing their freedom to believe what they do in a country that prides itself on allowing exactly that...it sounds sort of unamerican to me really.

February 28, 2006
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Further, I do send my friend magazines regularly, but I don't hold a grudge against Vanity Fair for not doing it for me. I think if these troops wanted starbucks, their friends could send some, that would be supporting the troops. Asking for it free from the company is asking for support of the war. there is a difference between supporting troops and supporting a war.

March 1, 2006
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"It's almost as if part of what makes this country great is the freedom to choose what you believe in and what you don't or something. I think it's an interesting concept, boycotting a place for exercizing their freedom to believe what they do in a country that prides itself on allowing exactly that...it sounds sort of unamerican to me really."

WOOOOHOOOOOO... You go Exotic!!!!

Exactly, Exactly, EXACTLY.

FREE2CHOOSE

March 1, 2006
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I don't think the boycotting was about their take on the war itself but rather - on not supporting the men and women that are there.

I don't believe in the war at all. Not one bit!! But I do have a heart that reaches out for those men and women fighting there. When I open up my own coffee shop (dream I have) then I'll send the troops tons of coffee but I won't however - send it to the evil doers in the whitehouse!!

It's not unAmerican to have a choice and have an opinion about the war- it is however unAmerican to not support our fellow American's that are there.

t

March 1, 2006
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You know what would be a great idea would be to encourage a slew of letters to the whitehouse demanding that those poor boys have a case of starbucks delivered to them by our comfortable officials over here--they can certainly afford it! 😉

March 1, 2006
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I think regardless of what the intent was by the soldier or the company itself, they could have kept the publicity of it all under wrap by sending this soldier a bag of coffee. When I was deployed over in Bosnia that was a perk of being deployed. Companies would send us free stuff to show there support to us not what we did. They would inclose letters of thanks and appreciation. But to have a company say due to policy you don't meet the qualification to be sent anything is a bit much. Then I come to find out they sent over 50,000 lbs. of coffee over there injunction with the Red Cross to disperse it out to the troops in Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq. So in the end the Soldier won the quest for a good cup of Starbucks Coffee. This could have been avoided if they had just sent the soldier a cup. My thoughts.

Much Luv,

March 1, 2006
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I appreciate the interesting points you guys make so far.

You know…The slogan, "Support Our Troops" makes me feel duped theese days.

When did I become so cynical? There was a time when THAT phrase would incite all kinds of gratitude and nationalism and fire in me. I have several uncles, cousins and an ex who all bravely served to protect the good ole USA. But, in light of unfolding events, all the phrase does is inspire me examine the motive of the speaker and very carefully read between the lines.

Perhaps my suspicion comes from watching the current administration use phrases like, “support our troops” to silence opposers of the war in Iraq and brand them as un-American.

Or, perhaps it's because there is such discrepancy in the current administration between preaching the slogan (“Let’s Support Our Troops”) and following through with action.

It breaks my heart to learn how our troops don’t have the supplies and equipment they need in order to do what’s expected of them. And, to learn that corporations like Halliburton -who are contracted to manage emergency services, for our troops-get paid a wage several times larger for doing the same jobs (as our troops) in many cases. And, to learn of the existing and proposed funding cuts in areas like military housing and veteran health care…

It seems to me, that on a federal level, our troops are not getting the support that they need. How inconsistent this is, with the media images of those who reminding US to support our troops.

On the other hand, I really appreciate the way Cindy Sheehan supports our troops. Her 24 year old son was killed while he served in Iraq.

She is showing her support for the troops by rallying to bring them home-alive! She camped out near the president's ranch until he agreed to meet with her face to face. She got roughed-up and tossed of the building at the State of the Union Address by some congressional thugs. She (and her supporters)organized a tour to take her cause of supporting our troops everywhere it needs to be.

She does not intend to quit.

Now, when this woman talks about supporting our troops, I tend to listen.

Luv, thanks for letting us know the letter is a hoax...Starbucks IS the happiest place on earth for me, (better than Disney World) so I get anxious when they're underfire. My barista-a perky Gemini, studying to become a criminalogist-has my pick ready for me every morning.

PS. I can't boycott Starbucks.

Going 24 hours without a cup gives me terrible headaches and nausia.

March 1, 2006
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"She got roughed-up and tossed of the building at the State of the Union Address by some congressional thugs."

I should mention why...

She was wearing a tee-shirt with the number of fallen soilders from the war in Iraq, printed on the front of it.

I think the number was something like 2,424.

March 1, 2006
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y & r ~ love your post. My thoughts as well.

t

March 1, 2006
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Y&R, loved it too-thanks for sharing that all.

March 6, 2006
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I am perfectly willing to add Starbucks to my other boycotts:

1. Fancy restaurants
2. expensive jewelry
3. Day-spas
4. Gigolos
5. and brand new sports cars.

I am nothing, if not an activist!

March 6, 2006
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ROFL Zinnia!!! You are changing the world!!!

March 7, 2006
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exotic, we all have "make a difference" 😉

March 9, 2006
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I am no longer boycotting morning donuts. I boycotted them for two months and did not lose any weight. 🙁

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