Mediocre coffee, but a company with pretty good corporate practices. Starbucks, thought it would do a good deed by giving a free cup of coffee to anyone who came in to a store claiming to have voted. However, those spoil sports here in Washington state Secretary of State's office have told Starbucks that giving away a free cup of coffee to voters is an illegal inducement. So, now Starbucks says it'll give a cup of free coffee to anyone that asks. Sam! Lighten up! A free cup of coffee does not a vote buy. While we're talking about inducements, here are a few other other ways to buy a vote -not a vote for a particular candidate, just a vote:
- Free ice-cream: go to Ben & Jerry's for a free cup or cone
- Free Doughnuts: a free doughnut for voters at Krispy Kreme (if you're Seattle, you're better off paying for a doughnut at Top Pot!)
- Free GOTV calls for Credo Mobile members during voting hours
- Free chicken sandwiches at Chick-fil-A. (sorry, no Chick-fil-A's in the Northwest)
- Free sex toys: and last, but certainly not least, Babeland is offering a free Silver Bullet vibrator, or something called a Maverick sleeve to anyone coming in to their New York or Seattle stores with a voter registration card or proof of voting between Nov. 4-11. Interestingly, there's no indication that the Washington Secretary of State has contacted Babeland to shut down their vote buying operation. Sorry Starbucks.