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Starbucks Joins Call for National Service and Asks, “Are You In?"

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posted on Jan, 19 2009 @ 11:46 AM
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Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) and HandsOn Network are joining to launch the “I’m In!” campaign, an initiative to make it easy to participate in the President-elect’s call for national service. In participating Starbucks stores across the nation, the American public will have an opportunity to pledge five hours or more of community service toward a local volunteer opportunity of choice. Starbucks will honor each person who pledges with a free tall brewed coffee beginning Wednesday, Jan. 21 through Sunday, Jan. 25. The goal of the effort is to raise pledges in excess of one million hours of service from all over the country...


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Oh how sweet, you can spend a day reading books to sick children in the hospital or planting trees in the park or teaching homeless people how to skip to their loo. See, it's not such a bad idea. Thanks Starbucks, where do I sign up?

Peace


[edit on 19-1-2009 by Dr Love]




posted on Jan, 19 2009 @ 12:12 PM
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Gee, do you think Starbucks is feeling the pinch of having overpriced coffee during an economic downturn that they would resort to a cheap promotion for free advertising?

Or do you think they really truly care if the homeless can skip without tripping and falling?



posted on Jan, 19 2009 @ 12:16 PM
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If someone wants to volinter their time to help others, I think that is wonderful.


If Starbucks and others want to reward this volinteer service, I commend that.


HOWEVER.........................

If people are forced, then it is slavery, simple and pure.
( A blackman wanting slavery???:barf



posted on Jan, 19 2009 @ 12:21 PM
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Screw Starbucks and their over-priced coffee.



posted on Jan, 19 2009 @ 12:23 PM
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Hey Starbucks... keep your over-priced burnt coffee and your socialist agenda to yourself! If I want to "Volunteer" then I will do so. However, I possess the FREEDOM to choose where to invest my time and my money. I want neither YOU nor the new administration dictating what I do with my time or my money.



posted on Jan, 19 2009 @ 12:24 PM
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It's pretty blatant conditioning if you ask me. They'd never ask us to volunteer for something that wasn't sweet and innocent......would they?

Note to all volunteers, make sure you read the fine print.


Peace


[edit on 19-1-2009 by Dr Love]



posted on Jan, 19 2009 @ 12:28 PM
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This is nothing more than a PR stunt. If people really wanted to volunteer (meaning for nothing materialistic in return) they can do so on their own time.

I'm a thousand percent (that's right 1000%) sure that people won't choose to volunteer just for a coffee.



posted on Jan, 19 2009 @ 12:28 PM
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Dr, I thought Obama wanted this "volunteerism was to be federally forced; making it required service or slavery.


If you have any sources that say it will always be purely voluntary, let me know/see.



posted on Jan, 19 2009 @ 12:32 PM
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It will be forced eventually, they just have to condition the public first to the innocence of it all.

BTW, I've been known to be sarcastic a time or ten.


Peace



posted on Jan, 19 2009 @ 12:43 PM
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I can't believe the cynicism I'm seeing here. It's really sad to me that so many ATS members feel so negatively about a call to volunteer.


Originally posted by mrmonsoon
If people are forced, then it is slavery, simple and pure.


Where in the world are you getting the idea that it's forced?



posted on Jan, 19 2009 @ 12:49 PM
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I have never set foot in a Starbuck in my life. I certainly dont plan to change that just to volunteer to be an indentured servant of the new regime.
I think that taking my therapy dog to nursing homes on my day off by my choice of where and when is community service enough. If I want coffee, I will brew it.



posted on Jan, 19 2009 @ 12:50 PM
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Well, this little campaign hasn't reached the majority corporate customer base Starbucks I buy from every morning & every afternoon yet. I do find it a little interesting that they are running it apparently in the lower class neighborhood Starbucks and non-corporate locations. I guess they know a free cup of coffee to a man who's not broke isn't really much of an incentive.

BTW, unlike pretty much everyone else in this thread I won't be Starbucks bashing. Overpriced or not, I admit that I really enjoy their coffee and I drink at least 1, often 2, venti-6 shot double shots over ice a day. Costs me about $6 a day and it's worth every cent.

[edit on 19-1-2009 by burdman30ott6]



posted on Jan, 19 2009 @ 01:12 PM
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This is another propaganda scam by Fourbuck$ Coffee. They talk a good con game but it is all simply an attempt to get more customers and profit.

Starbucks (aka Fourbuck$) is well known for their fake "social concern" One good example is their claim of using only Fair trade coffee beans. They claim to pay poor local coffee farmers a decent price for their efforts. The Truth is that Fourbuck$ uses only 6% fair trade coffee in their business. The majority of their coffee comes from companies that rip off local farmers and do not pay them a decent livable wage. Companies that ruin the ecosystem with chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Companies that only care about maximizing profit, much like Fourbuck$.

Starbucks: Fair Trade, or "Tradewash"?

Now they wish to come off as a socially concerned company, involved with Obamas call to volunteer. What they truly are doing, is looking for a way to improve customer relations, increase customer numbers, and most important, improve profit. Ask yourself, how many of the corporate officers will do any volunteer work???? How many of the middle managers will do any volunteer work?? If they truly wanted to work for a better tomorrow, they would lead by example and not simply offer a cup of coffee bribe, for you to do what they themselves should be doing.

Boycott Fourbuck$ and make them BEGIN doing something for a better tomorrow by insisting on 100% fair trade coffee beans.



posted on Jan, 19 2009 @ 01:13 PM
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Because barok saying things like required service for college students.

Required service for high school students.


Anyone who is forced to do this is being forced into slavery.

Anyone who does this out of the kindness of their hearts, great and more power to ya.



posted on Jan, 19 2009 @ 01:15 PM
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Seems at worst a harmless program.



posted on Jan, 19 2009 @ 01:17 PM
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This is nothing more than a PR stunt. If people really wanted to volunteer (meaning for nothing materialistic in return) they can do so on their own time.

I'm a thousand percent (that's right 1000%) sure that people won't choose to volunteer just for a coffee.



Let's say you're right on #1 (pr stunt), but wrong on #2. What's the downside?



posted on Jan, 19 2009 @ 01:22 PM
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Originally posted by Dr Love
Note to all volunteers, make sure you read the fine print.:

You said it!
And i agree ... considering what wifeypoo said - it'll be forced eventually.

"Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zone . . . Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual - uninvolved, uninformed." - Michelle Obama

videos found here

Someone should tell STARBUCKS that if they want to do some service for the country, they should drop the price of their coffee by at least 50% and also get better coffee. It's overpriced MUD.



posted on Jan, 19 2009 @ 01:30 PM
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who is liable if someone gets hurt while volunteering? Big bro? this is his initiative by the way.

another opportunity for obamanites to sit around and pat each other on the back for working one day at something they should have already been doing.

I feel bad for MLK Jr., because this is turning out to be obama day around here.



posted on Jan, 19 2009 @ 01:36 PM
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Maybe this is exactly what is needed to get the left-leaning "socially conscious" to give. Seeing as Conservative Americans have no problem giving of their money and time to help people, I think this is aimed at the Liberal American crowd to finally get them off their duffs, and start backing up their words with action. But, I'm sure they're gonna think this is just another conspiracy to deplete their gland juices, or get them on a list for FEMA concentration camps, or some other screwballed idea.



posted on Jan, 19 2009 @ 01:37 PM
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Originally posted by kozmo
Hey Starbucks... keep your over-priced burnt coffee and your socialist agenda to yourself! If I want to "Volunteer" then I will do so. However, I possess the FREEDOM to choose where to invest my time and my money. I want neither YOU nor the new administration dictating what I do with my time or my money.


Hey, they're not FORCING you.

Calm down.


Personally, I think it's a good idea.
No, I don't like that Starbucks are using this cynically to gain advertising and PR, but corporate business is like that.

People should invest more in their community, and there are ways to do it without signing up to a corporate idea of what it means or what is acceptable.

I found something I enjoyed doing, and volunteer my time that way. I didn't need my government telling me it was a good thing to do, I knew it was. I didn't need a reward from a global corporation, the reward was achieving something and helping others in a small way.

It's sad that something as simple as helping others meets such outrage, as if your being attacked in some way.




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