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Isn’t Starbucks supposed to be coffee for intellectuals?

Posted by Lissa on November 4, 2008

You would think, therefore, that they would be up on their Google-fu, but nooooooo:

SEATTLE — Seattle-based Starbucks is making fast changes — after being accused of breaking the law with an offer to voters.


Prior to Monday afternoon, Starbucks was promoting an ad that said anyone who says enters a Starbucks on Election Day and says that they voted would get a free cup of tall coffee.


Election officials for the state of Washington told KIRO 7 that rewarding voters with free coffee is illegal.

This is one of those situations where you would THINK that someone, anyone, would have caught this.  Seriously.  Not one person involved in this idea checked the election rules?  Someone in Starbucks Communications?  Or, y’know, the Legal Department?  (shaking head)

Oh well, free coffee for all!

“The way it is written, it expressly prohibits giving any kind of gift,” Handy said.


Handy said the intent of the statute is aimed at special interest groups trying to influence who and how people vote.


To fix the situation, Starbucks had agreed to give a tall cup of coffee to anyone who asks on Election Day.

(h/t Mike)

UPDATE: Fixed a typo.


One Response to “Isn’t Starbucks supposed to be coffee for intellectuals?”

  1. secretlivesofscientists said

    Yo, screw starbucks! They claim to have “free wifi”…they don’t. And besides that: worst.bagels.ever.

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