Boycott Watch
August 30, 2006
Free Starbucks? Too Late
Summary: All good things must come to an end, and his one worked a bit too good.
   An email has been circulating featuring a coupon for a free iced coffee at Starbucks. The coupon, however, was intended for limited distribution to Starbucks employees, their family and friends, but a modified version ended up making its rounds over the Internet, and was distributed way further than Starbucks had intended for the original coupon. As a result, Starbucks has expired that deal, so if you get that coupon, don't bother trying and don't pass it along.

   "The problem with Internet-based coupons is that they get a life of their own, and keep circulating even if there is an expiration date on the coupon because the fine print can be hard to read on-screen and people may not even look for that when printed" said Fred Taub, President of Boycott Watch. "In this case, the coupon was altered, thus making it fraud, and another attack against Starbucks. Starbucks has no obligation to honor fraudulent coupons. Expiring all such coupons, therefore, was the best and only thing Starbucks could do."
Our Voided version of the Original Cuopon:
Start Of Starbucks email:
Rumor Response
August 29, 2006/8:00 p.m. PDT
Starbucks Response to Free Iced Coffee Email

An email offering a free Starbucks iced coffee was distributed to a limited group of Starbucks partners (employees) in the Southeast United States on Wednesday, August 23, 2006 with instructions to forward to their group of friends and family. Unfortunately, it has been redistributed beyond the original intent and modified beyond Starbucks control. Effective immediately, this offer will no longer be valid at any Starbucks locations.

We apologize for any confusion and inconvenience as a result of this offer.

Contact Information:
Starbucks Customer Relations
(800) 235-2883
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