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Free Starbucks Coffee Today For ANYBODY

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Just got mine a few minutes ago.

Originally they were just going to give it out to voters, and they said as much in this commercial…



However…

They ran into some problems when folks thought they were violating campaign laws by offering incentives for voting.

From Newsweek:

Election laws prevent individuals and organizations from offering monetary incentives to get people to the polls, keeping partisan hacks from bribing potential voters likely to swing their way. Unfortunately for national chains like Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, Ben & Jerry’s and sex-toys emporium Babeland, the definition of “monetary incentive” also includes offers of free stuff like coffee, donuts, ice cream, and, um, a certain sleeve-like contraption called “The Maverick.”

Would anyone actually pursue legal action against such altruistic institutions? Probably not. According to D.C.-based election law expert Kenneth Gross, the offers were neither partisan nor overly generous nor particularly concerned with verifying that customers actually cast votes, all of which makes the undertaking pretty benign in the legal scheme of things. “With or without a tall cup of coffee, I doubt any prosecutor will lose any sleep over this,” he said.

Try to do something nice…

In any event, I’m enjoying mine.

Thanks Starbucks!