Starbucks Offers A Free Cup Of Coffee With A Condition

In these divisive times, CEO Howard Shultz is urging people to talk to one another. Starbucks is offering free coffee if you buy someone else a coffee. Think of it as subsidized conversation.

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Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep with shutdown beverage news. New breweries cannot open. The partial government shutdown prevents the Treasury Department from approving them. You can still get coffee at Starbucks. CEO Howard Shultz, who spoke up for gun rights - then had to ask people to stop bringing guns to his stores - waded into politics again. He's urging people to talk to one another, offering free coffee if you buy someone a coffee - subsidized Starbucks conversation.

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