This week, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz caused a stir by asking customers to leave their guns at home.
While Schultz stressed that customers who did legally bring guns into stores wouldn’t be kicked out, the comments offended a lot of people.
We asked two Starbucks competitors, McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Doughnuts, if they had gun policies for their thousands of restaurants.
Both companies said they simply abide by the laws of that state or region.
Here’s a statement from McDonald’s spokeswoman Lisa McComb:
“We recognise that there is a lot of emotion and passion surrounding the issue of firearms and open carry weapons laws.
While we respect the differing views of all our customers, McDonald’s company-owned restaurants follow local, state and federal laws as it relates to open carry weapons in our restaurants.
For franchisee-owned restaurants, operational decisions regarding open carry weapon laws are made by the independent franchisee.
That said, as with all aspects of operating a McDonald’s restaurant, we expect our franchisees and their crew to follow local, state and federal laws.”
And Dunkin’ Doughnuts spokeswoman Michelle King:
“Dunkin’ Doughnuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants are owned and operated by individual franchisees who are required to follow all federal, state and local laws with regard to firearms.”
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