Starbucks says it has been "thrust" into the debate about kids being dragged by their parents everywhere. Starbucks has not imposed a ban, but says kids "should not be part of the Starbucks experience" and said it wanted to give customers "a quiet, safe and comfortable respite from the concerns of daily life. Time for them to clean their guns, polish their ammo, adjust the sights and holster, that sort of thing."
In an open letter, Starbucks' chief executive Howard Schultz said the firm had been "thrust unwillingly" into the middle of the national debate over having kids. Mr Schultz said he hoped that customers would honour the request not to take their kids into outlets, but said those who ignore it will still be served. "We will not ask you to leave," he said “besides most kids don’t even like coffee”. In an interview later, he said: "I don't want to put our people in a position of having to confront or enforce a policy when someone is holding a screaming kid."
An anti-kid lobby group, Dads Demand Action, has been organising Skip Starbucks Saturdays to urge the coffee company to ban kids at its outlets, just take your guns and keep things peaceful and safe.