Starbucks is offering free coffee for customers who buy other patrons their favorite beverages.
Starbucks wants its customers to set a good example for the U.S. government.
In an effort to "show our unity" and end the government shutdown, the coffee chain will give c ustomers who buy someone else their favorite drink a free, tall brewed coffee, now through Friday.
As Starbucks explains on its website, " We’re hoping this small motivation will encourage you to be the spark of connection that helps bring us all a little closer at a time when showing our unity is so important."
In an e-mail to the company, CEO Howard Schultz explains the rationale behind the free coffee offer, encouraging Starbucks customers to come together in "another period of uncertainty in our country."
" It's that simple – 'pay it forward,' and Starbucks will pay you back," he says.
This isn't the first time Schultz has spoken out on political issues. In 2011, he ran an ad in The New York Times announcing a pledge to boycott campaign donations.
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