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Starbucks launches job creation campaign

WASHINGTON — Coffee chain Starbucks on Monday told US customers their country needs them — to help create jobs. The chain, omnipresent in many US cities, announced the launch of a donation drive, with proceeds being used to back loans for small job-creating businesses. “Small businesses are the backbone of…

In a first for Starbucks, Chile workers strike

SANTIAGO/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Starbucks Corp has been hit with its first strike at a company-operated cafe in Chile, where some workers are seeking pay and benefit increases, union and company representatives told Reuters on Friday. Starbucks was quick to say that its 31 cafes in Chile would remain open…

Beer, wine may be coming to Starbucks near you

(AP-Raw Story) Something new is on the menu at a renovated Starbucks in Seattle: beer and wine. The store that reopened Monday is the first under the Starbucks brand to offer alcohol. Draft beer and local wines go on sale after 4 p.m. The idea is to offer drinks and…

Put down that latte and stroke my pistol

Anne at Balloon Juice posted on what initially seems like the stupidest “protest” of all time—men parading around Starbucks showing off their guns to protest…..nothing, really. Starbucks lets them do it, it turns out, though now the gun wavers have provoked gun control advocates to respond in anger and fear,…

Could be the recession, or could be that everyone learned the calorie count of the Frappuccino

I never completely understood the early morning Starbucks run, myself—it always seemed to me faster to make your own coffee at home and drink it while getting showered and dressed. 99% of my early morning coffee runs over a lifetime are due to either to the fact that I’m moving…

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