Update, 9/17/13 - 2200 PST: It's Official - Starbucks is barring weapons, passive-aggressively as is typical of Seattle.
I read this evening that Starbucks is rumored to be preparing to cave to the anti-gunners and criminalize (in many states) law-abiding CPL holders who dare to darken their door. Later I watched this carefully anonymized chat fly past me. None of the names resemble of any of those in reality, and that's the way I intended it - it's the tone and message that count, not the messenger.
I hope that Starbucks, if they are actually considering this step, will re-evaluate. Such a course will gain them nothing - the Anti's will not be satisfied until their is a sign on the door of every Starbucks reading "We don't serve dogs or gun owners." And realistically, short of implementing mandatory carry when visiting Starbucks, the Anti's can't get any angrier than they already are - they've shot their wad.
On the other hand, as noted below by several in the conversation, this sort of step WILL be seen as a betrayal by the Gun Owning community. The Gun Community has gone a long way out of its way to support with cash, advertising and support a core-liberal company that has only refrained from engaging in bigotry against members of that community...and this will be seen as a betrayal of every bit of that support by Starbucks.
80 million gun owners is a lot of coffee.
I'm pretty sure "NuTone" has the best analysis. The conversation speaks for itself.
[20:51] <+DiamondJoe> "According to an internal document dated
9/16/2013, Starbucks Coffee stores will “request that Starbucks customers not
bring weapons into our stores.” The request will come in the form of an open
letter from Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to national media outlets that will be
shared Thursday, 9/19/2013."
[20:51] <+Statesmen_Variant> well, I guess I'm done with starbucks
[20:52] <+NuTone> DiamondJoe, I suspect threading the needle is just
going to piss off everybody.
[20:52] <+WretchinMordor> I've read the memo. They won't ask someone to
leave, they won't enforce it, and sounds like they aren't even going to post
[20:52] <+WretchinMordor> they want to be left out of the debate, that's
[20:52] <+WretchinMordor> and I can't hate them for that
[20:52] <@teddybear> wanna start a starbucks boycott day for the
20th? The anti tried it and failed miserably, wanna see what 80 million gun
owners can do?
[20:52] <+DiamondJoe> And here in my state, such an open letter would
constitute a notice that guns are not allowed on the premises... Which means
anyone carrying would be a criminal.
[20:53] <+Statesmen_Variant> WHERE WILL I PUT MY PITCHFORK NOW
[20:53] <+WretchinMordor> good luck proving that i saw that letter.
[20:53] <+DiamondJoe> I expect we shall see one start soon
[20:56] <+GREYEMINENCE> ...annnnnd starbucks returns to the overpriced,
burned coffee that it always was. The modicum of respect I had for them when
they gallantly offered NOT to pander to the antis is now officially gone...
[20:59] <+DiamondJoe> WretchinMordor: you would have to prove that it was
not a "statement by the person in legal possession or control of the
[20:59] <+DiamondJoe> You don’t have to have read it for it to apply to
[21:00] <@teddybear> I wonder how much of that was push from the
individual store managers?
[21:00] <+WretchinMordor> OK DiamondJoe. You're right, I'm wrong, I still
dont' give a fuck.
[21:00] <+WretchinMordor> In fact, I think I'll stop and get a frapp on
my way to work tomorrow, just because I can
[21:01] <+Statesmen_Variant> WretchinMordor: no shit
[21:01] <+Statesmen_Variant> pretty sure people just want to argue to