Starbucks Do Not Support The War Letter - Internet/Facebook Rumour

22 Jun 2012 - Article No: 1578. Filed under: General | Internet/Facebook Rumour


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Wont 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. 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! 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 troops on the ground fighting street -to-street and house-to-house


This image that is circlating virally claims that after a Marine contacted Starbucks to express how nice their coffees were and request some product to be sent, Starbucks sent back a reply refusing the request with the added assertion that they do not support the war nor anyone in it.

The rumour is false and has actually been circulating the Internet since 2004, via Internet forums and email, and this image represents the latest version of the rumour, which has hit Facebook virally.

According to Snopes.com who investigated the issue many years back, the message was started by Sgt. Wright who mistakingly heard from a colleague that the rumours were true and penned the message as a response. However after being contacted by Starbucks, Sgt. Wright had since found out that the rumours were baseless and quickly penned a retraction that read -

Dear Readers,

Almost 5 months ago I sent an e-mail to you my faithful friends. I did a wrong thing that needs to be cleared up. I heard by word of mouth about how Starbucks said they didnít support the war and all. I was having enough of that kind of talk and didnít do my research properly like I should have. This is not true. Starbucks supports men and women in uniform. They have personally contacted me and I have been sent many copies of their companys policy on this issue. So I apologize for this quick and wrong letter that I sent out to you.

Now I ask that you all pass this email around to everyone you passed the last one to.

Thank you very much for understanding about this.


However, the retraction was not circulated as prolifically as the original letter leaving many thousands with the false impression that the claims made in the message were true.

During the many years this rumour has circulated it has also had several variants created by hoaxers, including the assertion that Starbucks were being forced to remove their locations on military bases in response of the letter. Other versions change Starbucks to Oscar Mayer, or reworded Marines to Royal Marines thus making the hoax more relevant to British readers.

Additionally the continued and peristent success of this rumour led to an offical denial from Starbucks who state that they support US troops. Their statement can be read here.

The rumour, however, is completely untrue and thus should not be circulated. We strongly recommend readers research such rumours before sharing.

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