|Murdoch Pizgatti of Dontcomply.com, whose real name is Horton|
“It’s not unusual to see people coming to Starbucks to chat, meet up or even work. We’re a neighborhood gathering place, a part of the daily routine – and we couldn’t be happier about it. Get to know us and you’ll see: we are so much more than what we brew.” - Starbucks corporate website
Dallas – Open carry activism took a bitter turn today.
The international corporation that operates Starbucks stores politely requested that open carry activists not enter its locations bearing weapons.
The confrontation has been building with visits from police in cities all across Texas who inform assault-rifle wielding activists that they are alarming other customers, to please leave the premises with their rifles, though carrying a long gun is legal in Texas.
According to a question and answer list prepared for barristas to use as a guideline, they are not to confront rifle-bearing customers directly, but call 9-1-1 if they refuse to take their guns elsewhere.
“What do I say if a customer asks about our request” We are respectfully requesting customers not bring weapons into our stores...
“What if a customer asks, 'Am I no longer welcome in your store?'” Everyone is welcome in our stores, but weapons are not.
According to an entry in “Come and Take It Dallas,” a Facebook page, “Now we know exactly how Starbucks feels about us and our rights.”
“Now we can confidently spend our hard earned money with someone else who deserves it. We got exactly what we wanted. Thank you all for participating in our events to flesh out the true feelings of Starbucks. They want every Starbucks to be a target for mass shootings like every gun free zone is, so don't bring your children anywhere near one. We can now stop aiding the enemy. Great job!” said Murdoch Pizgatti, a man whose real name is Horton. Mr. Horton lives at Little Elm, Texas, near Lake Lewisville.
Enemy? The barristas at Starbucks?
Our children? Tears spring to one's eyes, and that's not a good sign.
One would like to ask Melville. Would Mr. Starbuck have taken his pipe out of his mouth to say all this? Just asking.