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Starbucks launches campaign urging lawmakers to come together

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Starbucks launches campaign urging lawmakers to come together

By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Oct 10, 2013

Seattle (KTNV) -- In the face of the government shutdown and showdown in Congress, Starbucks has launched a "Pay It Forward" campaign.

From Wednesday, Oct. 9 through Friday, Oct. 11, customers who buy a drink for a fellow patron will get a free tall brewed coffee.

In a letter to employees, CEO Howard Schultz said the government shutdown and other factors have created a period of uncertainty in the United States.

He said it would be understandable if many workers and customers felt cynical, powerless or disengaged.

Schultz said the "Pay It Forward" campaign is meant to help fellow citizens support one another in this challenging time.

For more information from Starbucks on the campaign, click here.

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Krista Hostetler is the Senior Web Editor for and KTNV Mobile.