If you’ve heard Starbucks does not support the troops and that the popular coffee company refused Marines some java despite their sacrifices for this country, you’re not alone — the spurious bit of information has experienced a resurgence on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter (it would seem) after Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz voiced support of a minimum wage hike and marriage equality in the same week.
A letter about Starbucks refusing Marines coffee has actually been circulating for some time, though it also manages to be rediscovered every time someone wants to bang a political drum against Starbucks. And as the Starbucks CEO’s words were published last week, the hoax has been revived anew to drum up bad Starbucks sentiment — despite the original message having been penned nine years ago.
If on Facebook you have seen a “Won’t Be Drinking Starbucks Anymore” missive with the tale, it may include a fuzzy picture, but always the same old (very old) text — in fact, Snopes managed to debunk this particular claim years ago. As did Media Matters. And Starbucks itself.
The viral “Starbucks doesn’t support troops” email begins:
“Guess I won’t be drinking Starbucks anymore! … Recently Marines in Iraq wrote to Starbucks because they wanted to let them know how much they liked their coffees and to request that they send some of it to the troops there.”
It goes on:
“Starbucks replied, telling the Marines thank you for their support of their business, but that Starbucks does not support the war, nor anyone in it, and that they would not send the troops their brand of coffee … So as not to offend Starbucks, maybe we should not support them by buying any of their products!”
The writer adds:
“I feel we should get this out in the open. I know this war might not be very popular with some folks, but that doesn’t mean we don’t support the boys on the ground fighting street-to-street and house-to-house … If you feel the same as I do then pass this along, or you can discard it and no one will ever know.”