Starbucks urges Washington to compromise over coffee

Starbucks urges Washington to compromise over coffee

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The CEO of Starbucks is sending a message to Washington with the help of company baristas.

Starting tomorrow, employees of stores in D.C. will pen "come together" on each cup urging politicians to reach a solution before spilling over the fiscal cliff.

One block south of the state capitol, is a Starbucks at 10th and Congress. It's a likely spot Texas lawmakers would stop for coffee during session.

The CEO of the company is hoping to capitalize on his D.C. locations as politicians return from the Christmas break by not only filling people's cups, but their heads with compromise.

"That's awesome. That's awesome," said customer Cathy Treadaway.

CEO Howard Schultz posted a blog on Wednesday stating he asked his baristas in and around our nation's capital to write "come together" in addition to the usual names with each order.

Schultz says, "We have a unique opportunity to unite and take action on an incredibly important topic."

The topic is the national debt crisis. On January first tax hikes and spending cuts are set to take effect unless congress and the president make a deal.

Starbucks customers are supportive of the CEO's message for the most part.

"I'm really kind of hoping it will have an impact," said customer Shay Capelo.

"I think more companies need to take a stand because the people don't get heard until companies step up. We don't have a lot of voices out there," Treadaway said.

"I think it's a massive problem, it's going to be a serious problem to solve. It's neat to have the cups and everything, but I'm not optimistic but hopeful they can have a serious solution," said customer Chuck Howard.

On Wednesday, some stores got things started early.

As word spread on social media unfavorable comments also surfaced.

On the Starbucks website, RoryBellows wrote, "Let's come together to cut social security, Medicare and Medicaid by buying $5 coffees."

philemon33 said, "Starbucks could do a lot to jump start the economy by giving all of their employees a dollar an hour raise."

Schultz will also run an ad in the Washington Post on Thursday. It will feature the same cup on his blog with "come together" on it.

"Just get it done and let's move on," said Capelo. "This affects their bottom line, it affects my pocket book. We're all in this."

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