When I read yesterday about Starbuck’s offering a free cup of coffee to anyone who would go into one of their shops and say they had voted, I thought: “What a neat and generous idea.” Appears though, such a thing is illegal. Poor Starbucks.
Prior to Monday afternoon, Starbucks was promoting an ad that said anyone who says enters a Starbucks on Election Day and says that they voted would get a free cup of tall coffee. RAW VIDEO: Starbucks’ Election Day Ad
Election officials for the state of Washington told KIRO 7 that rewarding voters with free coffee is illegal.”No good deed goes unpunished,” said Nick Handy, director of elections. Handy said there is a federal statute that prohibits any reward for voting.
So, Starbucks decided, We’ll give a cup of coffee to anyone who comes in on election day and asks for one.
Go! everyone. Vote, dash into the nearest Starbucks and claim a free tall cup.
Not going to vote, you say? Well, Starbucks has decided to give you a cup anyway, but do you deserve it?
What possible reason is there for not voting? I’d like to hear from you if you will not be voting today. We’ll be nice, and promise not to chew you up and spit you out!
EDIT: Seems there are other food outlets involved in the election day give-away.
MILWAUKEE -Americans will pick a new leader for the country on Tuesday, and will be able to pick up some free coffee, ice cream and other goodies too.–Starbucks Corp. is offering a free cup of brewed coffee to anyone who asks on Tuesday, while Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. is giving away star-shaped doughnuts. Ice cream maker Ben and Jerry’s is offering a free scoop as part of a celebration of the election.–Seattle-based Starbucks had originally planned to give away the “tall” brewed coffees to anyone who reported that they voted, saying in an ad: “If you care enough to vote, we care enough to give you a free cup of coffee.”–The company broadened its offer to all customers to ensure it was in compliance with election law, spokeswoman Tara Darrow said Monday evening.–“We hope there is a record turnout on Tuesday and look forward to celebrating with our customers over a great cup of coffee,” she said in a statement.–David Ammons, spokesman for the state elections division of Washington state, had said earlier that a promotion tied to whether people voted could be construed as rewarding someone for voting and could violate federal and state law. He said the state’s attorney general’s office contacted Starbucks about the issue on Monday.