- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is so annoyed by the government shutdown that from Wednesday to Friday, the chain is offering a free coffee to any customer in the U.S. who buys another person a beverage.

“In times like these, small acts of civility like these make a big difference,” the company website reads. “We’re hoping this small motivation will encourage you to be the spark of connection that helps bring us all a little closer at a time when showing our unity is so important… #payitforward—and lets see what can happen.”

The offer is a way to help fellow citizens “support and connect with one another, even as we wait for our elected officials to do the same for our country,” Mr. Schultz said in a memo to staff on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.

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It’s not the first time Mr. Schultz has waded into the national political debate. Soon after the Washington Navy Yard shooting, he requested patrons not bring guns into Starbucks stores.