posted on Dec, 3 2010 @ 01:51 AM
On the other hand, thanks to our resident LadySkadi, here is the Starbucks response in full:
Starbucks Support of the Troops/Military [Updated September 2010]
January 11, 2005 (updated September 2010)
On behalf of Starbucks more than 160,000 dedicated partners (employees), we want to set the record straight on an old rumor concerning Starbucks lack
of support for the military and our troops. This rumor, dating back to 2004, claims a lack of Starbucks support for the U.S. Marines, and has evolved
to include a lack of support for the British Royal Marines. In both instances, the rumor is not, and has never been, true.
When Starbucks learned of the original email, we immediately contacted the author, a Marine Sergeant, who subsequently sent an e-mail to his original
distribution list correcting the mistake. Unfortunately, rumors have a way of continuing even after the truth has been revealed.
At Starbucks, we respect the efforts of the men and women who serve their country in the military – including our fellow partners who serve during
this time of war. In fact, Starbucks has partnered with the American Red Cross and the United Service Organizations (USO) to provide coffee to relief
efforts during times of conflict, donating more than 141,000 lbs of coffee. In 2009 alone, Starbucks provided over 71,000 lbs of coffee to the USO for
distribution to troops serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait. Additionally, troops all over the world are enjoying Starbucks VIA™ Ready Brew in
care packages they receive not only from Starbucks, but from their family and friends as well. Through August of 2010, Starbucks has provided 770,000
3-packs of Starbucks VIA® to the USO for their care package program.
Confirmation that this rumor is a blatant untruth can be found online at snopes.com, boycottwatch.org, truthorfiction.com and starbucks.com. Below you
will find the text from the Marine Sergeant correcting his mistake.
Almost 5 months ago I sent an e-mail to you my faithful friends. I did a wrong thing that needs to be cleared up. I heard by word of mouth about how
Starbucks said they didn’t support the war and all. I was having enough of that kind of talk and didn’t do my research properly like I should
have. This is not true. Starbucks supports men and women in uniform. They have personally contacted me and I have been sent many copies of their
company’s policy on this issue. So I apologize for this quick and wrong letter that I sent out to you.
Now I ask that you all pass this email around to everyone you passed the last one to.
Thank you very much for understanding about this.
Howard C. Wright
1st Force Rcon Co
1st Plt PLT RTO
Dated: August 17, 2004”
We have worked hard to put this rumor to rest, so that it no longer distracts from the many outstanding demonstrations our partners have made – on
their own and together – to support the troops.