Food-Drink

How to Get Free Starbucks Coffee During the Gov't Shutdown

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 (Reuters)

Has the country's recent government shutdown got you feeling weak and weary? Then what you need is a free small coffee, says Starbucks.

In some kind of protest against the government's state of affairs, Starbucks is offering a free coffee to any customer who buys someone else a Starbucks beverage. It's kind of a confusing promotion at first, so it might be helpful to reread the concept in Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's own words:

"If a customer buys someone else their favorite beverage, we will offer that customer a free tall brewed coffee in return. It's that simple — 'pay it forward,' and Starbucks will pay you back."

Schultz hopes this "Come Together" promotion will encourage the country's citizens to support each other "during a particularly challenging time," or at least until Friday, because that's when the promotion ends.