This past weekend, I was privy to an emailed back-and-forth among the gunblogger elites* concerning this Starbucks Appreciation Day. It's been suggested that gun owners (blog-reading gun owners, apparently, because who else would know really about this?) visit Starbucks, purchase a beverage and then say to the barista something like:
"Please know I'm here because firearm owners across the country want to show Starbucks our appreciation for your decision not to ostracize customers who own and carry guns."
Some think this is a great idea.
See, I've been a barista (not at Starbucks and I was called a server, but it was the same old coffeehouse, java-slingin', pastry-arranging job). Deal with the public enough and you become tired of small talk. You learn to do a convincing smile&nod when someone starts talking about their personal issues. You're tired, you've been on your feet for hours, the counters need cleaned, the trash needs to be taken out, the creamers need refilling and you just want them to pay for their half-caff, sugar-free, vanilla hazelnut, skim milk, extra-froth coffee and go already.
Add in the fact that your barista might be a bubbleheaded, 20-something, art major hoplophobe (like I was) and some stranger standing at the counter talking about owning and carrying guns might make her very alarmed indeed, no matter how innocuously it was worded.
Writing a letter of appreciation to Starbucks HQ is probably the better choice all around - your message is guaranteed to reach the people actually in charge of making store policy and you won't have to risk freaking out a non-gunnie. Win, win...plus hot chocolate!
(UPDATE: read Stingray's take - I'm still giggling.)
*I'm so glad my blog hits make me useful.