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What exactly do these stealth provisions in the contract do?
The forced arbitration clause means that if you ever have a dispute with the company, you can’t go to a public court. You’ll have to go to a private, secretive tribunal chosen by Starbucks — in Seattle!
The class action ban means that you can’t band together with other customers to make pursuing claims worthwhile. If Starbucks rips off every gift card holder by a few dollars, that would mean millions of dollars in ill-gotten gains with no accountability.
- Public Citizen's David Arkush on Starbucks, AT&T and the Corporate Mugging of Our Rights, via Huffington Post
- Read Our Letter to Starbucks (PDF)
- The Language We're Asking Starbucks to Remove
- Tell Congress: Stop Corporations From Using the Fine Print of Contracts to Deny Consumers Access to Courts
Tell Starbucks: Stop Taking Away Your Customers' Rights
If you receive a Starbucks gift card, you should know that it comes with a stealth attack on your legal rights.
In fine print that most customers never see, there’s a forced arbitration clause and a ban on consumers joining together in class actions.
Starbucks tries hard to be seen as a company that cares. It shouldn’t get away with stripping people of their legal rights.
Sign the petition to tell Starbucks that you don’t want to sacrifice your rights in order to buy or use its prepaid card.
Petition to Starbucks:
We, the undersigned, call on Starbucks to remove from its prepaid gift cards the forced arbitration clause and the ban on joining together in a class action. Starbucks should not make its customers sacrifice their legal rights in order to buy or use a prepaid card.
|Number||Date||Name||Add a Comment|
|15417||Tue Feb 07 12:54:16 EST 2012||Danny DeTora|
|15416||Tue Feb 07 12:38:06 EST 2012||Jeanette Battista|
|15415||Tue Feb 07 12:35:25 EST 2012||William Hoffer|
|15414||Tue Feb 07 12:11:06 EST 2012||dan holibaugh|
|15413||Tue Feb 07 12:05:27 EST 2012||Anonymous||enough already. cant you just be thrilled that someone is PREPAYING for your product. When will you all stop being so greedy|
|15412||Tue Feb 07 11:41:13 EST 2012||Madeline Van der Voort|
|15411||Tue Feb 07 11:20:07 EST 2012||Marie-Claude Perigon||I will boycott Starbucks if it continues with anti workers practices|
|15410||Tue Feb 07 11:07:27 EST 2012||doug franklin|
|15409||Tue Feb 07 11:07:27 EST 2012||doug franklin|
|15408||Tue Feb 07 11:07:26 EST 2012||doug franklin|
|15407||Tue Feb 07 10:37:58 EST 2012||leopoldo mutis||Stop the abuse and try not to interfere with your coffe drinkers who support your business.|
|15406||Tue Feb 07 10:11:57 EST 2012||Marion Beagen||Unjust!!!!|
|15405||Tue Feb 07 09:29:25 EST 2012||Evelyn Arden|
|15404||Tue Feb 07 07:33:30 EST 2012||Arthur Kvarnstrom|
|15403||Tue Feb 07 07:31:46 EST 2012||Donna Schall|
|15402||Tue Feb 07 06:44:33 EST 2012||Shiu Hung|
|15401||Tue Feb 07 05:20:38 EST 2012||Jim Byrne|
|15400||Tue Feb 07 04:43:21 EST 2012||Terran Steinberg|
|15399||Tue Feb 07 03:06:45 EST 2012||Charlotte Wells|
|15398||Tue Feb 07 02:12:49 EST 2012||Anonymous||StarBucks- you have just ruined my day. I'm not making any purchases from your shops. get rid of your nonsense|
|15397||Tue Feb 07 02:11:14 EST 2012||Anonymous|
|15396||Tue Feb 07 01:58:58 EST 2012||Maria Battaglia|
|15395||Tue Feb 07 01:40:58 EST 2012||Patricia McGrath||As a loyal customer I am dismayed that you would include such a provision in a gift that is meant for enjoyment. Remove the clause and let me a proud customer again.|
|15394||Tue Feb 07 00:59:52 EST 2012||Anonymous|
|15393||Tue Feb 07 00:49:54 EST 2012||Anonymous|
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