Starbucks on Friday kicked off a petition drive to mobilize its customers and other businesses in hopes of ending the federal government shutdown.
"Please join us in doing what you—and your companies—can to give the American people the voice they currently lack, and are desperately crying out for," Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz wrote in a letter posted on the company's website. "And in the process, you can help to restore faith and trust in our government through your civil words and deeds."
Within the past 48 hours, Schultz has spoken with more than half of the CEOs of companies listed on the Dow 30, he said. They all were consistently disgusted with the situation, he added.
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"I'm saying enough is enough," Schultz said.
The petition comes as Americans' frustration with Washington politicians is high. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that 60 percent of Americans would opt to throw out every member of Congress at once if possible.
The Starbucks petition states: "To our leaders in Washington, D.C., now's the time to come together to: 1. Reopen our government to serve the people. 2. Pay our debts on time to avoid another financial crisis. 3. Pass a bipartisan and comprehensive long-term budget deal by the end of the year."
Starbucks is urging like-minded individuals to sign the petition online or to bring it into a Starbucks. They can also sign up for email or text updates, share them on social media and download a badge for their social sites. By Friday morning, the Starbucks post on Facebook had more than 70,000 likes.
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Earlier this week, the Seattle-based coffee chain started with a soft-sell campaign, urging customers to "pay it forward" by buying a coffee for another customer. Starting Friday, the company added to those efforts by stocking its stores with petitions, asking politicians to wake up to the people's wishes.