Last week, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz wrote an open letter to his legally armed customers: don’t pack heat in my stores. (And we really don’t appreciate that open carry thing.) It was a “request” rather than a legally binding ban. Nonetheless, the non-ban ban warmed the cockles of the gun control industry’s heart. And so businessinsider.com reached out to McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts to see where those corporate giants stand on the issue of guns in stores. Here’s McDonald’s statement . . .
“We recognize 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.”
So Ray Kroc’s mob expect franchisees to run their stores in accordance with local and state firearm laws, but leave it to the franchisees to decide whether or not to allow open carry, but expect their franchisees to run their stores in accordance with local and state firearm laws. Clear as mud.
Speaking of brown colored liquids, Dunkin’ Donuts is not conflicted on the subject. Here’s their statement:
“Dunkin’ Donuts 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.”
Perhaps the Dunkin Donuts dudes recognize that A) their stores usually have more cops in situ than a police station on a Tuesday night, and B) their food poses the greatest risk to their customers’ health and longevity. Or something.