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Preacher
11-04-2008, 04:42 PM
As the election official said... no good deed goes unpunished.

Free Starbucks Coffee On Election Day After Illegal Ad

POSTED: 6:26 pm PST November 3, 2008
UPDATED: 5:34 am PST November 4, 2008
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SEATTLE -- Seattle-based Starbucks is making fast changes -- after being accused of breaking the law with an offer to voters.Prior to Monday afternoon, Starbucks was promoting an ad that said anyone who says enters a Starbucks on Election Day and says that they voted would get a free cup of tall coffee.http://www.kirotv.com/sh/images/ibs_icon/cox/video.gifRAW VIDEO: Starbucks' Election Day Ad (http://www.kirotv.com/video/17885255/index.html)Election officials for the state of Washington told KIRO 7 that rewarding voters with free coffee is illegal."No good deed goes unpunished," said Nick Handy, director of elections.Handy said there is a federal statute that prohibits any reward for voting.Starbucks' good deed can be perceived as paying someone to vote, and thatís illegal, Handy said."The way it is written, it expressly prohibits giving any kind of gift," Handy said.Handy said the intent of the statute is aimed at special interest groups trying to influence who and how people vote.To fix the situation, Starbucks had agreed to give a tall cup of coffee to anyone who asks on Election Day.A statement from Tara Darrow of Starbucks says, "We've been excited by the number of positive responses received about our free coffee offer. To ensure we are in compliance with election law, we are extending our offer to all customers who request a tall brewed coffee. We're pleased to honor our commitment to communities on this important Election Day. We hope there is a record turnout on Tuesday and look forward to celebrating with our customers over a great cup of coffee."





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Vis
11-04-2008, 04:48 PM
Latte or Mocha?

Preacher
11-04-2008, 05:03 PM
Latte or Mocha?

Well, I have heard that Latte has some rather dubious relationships!! :rofl:

stlrtruck
11-05-2008, 07:39 AM
Seriously, encouraging people to get out and vote while not promoting a specific candidate is frowned upon?

People need to take a chill pill.

Godfather
11-05-2008, 08:26 AM
Seriously, encouraging people to get out and vote while not promoting a specific candidate is frowned upon?

People need to take a chill pill.

Agree. The time you wait in line and the gas to get to the polling place are worth more than a cup of coffee.

Eat N' Park used to do the same thing and I don't remember anyone complaining.

Stu Pidasso
11-06-2008, 01:44 AM
Huh. Maybe I should call the police. I got a home-made cookie from the nice 84 year old lady working the polling booth after I voted. That bitch!

Preacher
11-06-2008, 01:51 AM
Seriously, encouraging people to get out and vote while not promoting a specific candidate is frowned upon?

People need to take a chill pill.

It makes sense if you think about it...least a little bit of sense.

Companies that reside in specifically liberal or conservative areas could give stuff out for voting. That would quickly escalate to the Reps and Dems targeting those communities, and working with companies to do that very thing.

No thanks.

I think Starbucks was trying to do something really cool. Really patriotic without any bias or malice. Its just one of those things that sometimes a good deed still goes punished.

xfl2001fan
11-06-2008, 06:52 AM
Huh. Maybe I should call the police. I got a home-made cookie from the nice 84 year old lady working the polling booth after I voted. That bitch!

OMG I literally laughed out loud and was thankful I wasn't drinking anything when I read this. Too freaking funny.

SCSTILLER
11-06-2008, 07:34 AM
Agree. The time you wait in line and the gas to get to the polling place are worth more than a cup of coffee.

Eat N' Park used to do the same thing and I don't remember anyone complaining.

The reason Eat N' Puke didn't get punished is that they figured nobody was eating there anyways :flap:

fansince'76
11-06-2008, 07:41 AM
The reason Eat N' Puke didn't get punished is that they figured nobody was eating there anyways :flap:

I don't get all the Eat 'n' Park hate. I used to love it when I was a kid - admittedly, I haven't eaten there or lived in PA for years. Has it gone downhill or something?

xfl2001fan
11-06-2008, 07:42 AM
I don't get all the Eat 'n' Park hate. I used to love it when I was a kid - admittedly, I haven't eaten there or lived in PA for years. Has it gone downhill or something?

I think it's grouped with Golden Corral (Golden Trough) and other such places. I really don't believe they are bad places to eat (personally) but it's far from high-cuisine.

It's like a step above a Waffle House and many other fast food joints...but several steps down from Applebees.

X-Terminator
11-06-2008, 07:51 AM
I don't get all the Eat 'n' Park hate. I used to love it when I was a kid - admittedly, I haven't eaten there or lived in PA for years. Has it gone downhill or something?

It has actually improved somewhat over the years - in fact, they revamped their entire menu a couple of years ago and have some things on it that you would find in a mid-priced restaurant like Applebee's. So it isn't as bad as some make it out to be.

SCSTILLER
11-06-2008, 08:06 AM
I don't get all the Eat 'n' Park hate. I used to love it when I was a kid - admittedly, I haven't eaten there or lived in PA for years. Has it gone downhill or something?

I don't hate Eat n' Park, actually like it. Granted I haven't eaten there in years either, but I never had any complaints about their food. Just using the good ole joke about the eatery.

Vis
11-06-2008, 08:07 AM
How does it compare to Piggy Park?

xfl2001fan
11-06-2008, 08:48 AM
How does it compare to Piggy Park?

Never been to a Piggy Park. If it's not a national chain type eatery...I wouldn't know. My Foray's into the coastal regions south of Virginia have been extremely brief...

I was stationed in Mississippi once for about 8 weeks of training...and once took a weekend trip to Pensacola Florida...

Other than that, a drive from Columbus to the northern portion of Alabama...frequent trips to Nashville and a couple of layovers in Atlanta...that's my SEC travel life.