Soon you will be able to pay for a Starbucks purchase with the Square mobile app.
This fall, Square will begin processing all credit and debit card transactions at Starbucks stores in the United States and eventually customers will be able to order a grande vanilla latte and charge it to their credit cards simply by saying their names.
The process is faster than using debit and credit cards so lines will move faster too.
On Monday, July 19th, members of the Industrial Workers of the World’s Starbucks Workers Union met at the house of Starbuck’s CEO Howard Schultz to wish him a very happy 56th birthday and to assure him that the Starbucks Union isn’t going anywhere. We had members from all parts of the country in attendance. It was a high-energy action with plenty of press.
Recognizing the potential impact the Plentaâ„¢ presents for municipal waste collection, Starbucks is also suggesting several subsequent uses for the Plentaâ„¢ cup post coffee enjoyment. Suggested usage options include popcorn receptacle, rain hat, perennial planter, lampshade or yoga block. The Micra also serves as a convenient milk dish for kittens, soft boiled egg cup or paper clip holder.
Starbucks, replying to a petition from a gun control group, has said it will not ban the carry of handguns in its stores, if permitted by local law. The controversy ignited in Walnut Creek, CA when members of Bay Area Open Carry, a group advocating the legal carry of loaded handguns, began carrying open, unloaded handguns at Starbucks (which is generally legal under California law, with some exceptions.)
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence responded to this by starting a national campaign to have people sign a petition to demand Starbucks ban guns. Starbucks, so far, has refused. As you can imagine, this controversy has both the pro- and anti-gun control factions, well, up in arms.
Should customers be free to sip Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Lattes at their laptop screens while brandishing a gleaming Ruger .357? So far, Starbucks executives say yes, claiming they are quite safety-minded within a policy that “supports the federal, state and local laws in the communities in which we do business.”
Jeez, I’m thinking no self-respecting .357 owner would be caught dead drinking one of those fat-laden, syrupy sweet, coffee-flavored confections anyway. Maybe a Starbucks Black Eye. But not one of those mango fudge coffee spritzers, that’s for sure.
However I digress.
Fortunately, Californians are treating the showdown at Starbucks as far from settled. Thousands are signing petitions from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, wisely begging the chain not to jangle its trademark caffeine serenity by tolerating firearms. Starbucks should listen.
Ahem. In some areas of the country, carrying handguns is quite legal, not a big deal, and part of the culture. It’s quite possible such locals have no problem with armed coffee drinkers. But might with a remote newspaper on the East coast telling them how they should behave.