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.
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.
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Wed Feb 08 11:59:03 EST 2012
Wed Feb 08 11:48:33 EST 2012
No Starbucks business from me until you fix it.
Wed Feb 08 11:31:01 EST 2012
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Wed Feb 08 10:32:49 EST 2012
great news go after those greedy bastards
Wed Feb 08 09:40:24 EST 2012
Wed Feb 08 09:26:03 EST 2012
Let's fix this, Howard.
Wed Feb 08 08:50:07 EST 2012
Wed Feb 08 06:58:05 EST 2012
Be the company you started out to be.
Wed Feb 08 05:40:08 EST 2012
This type of practice by any corporation should be illegal. I will take my business elsewhere if Starbucks continues this practice.
Wed Feb 08 04:23:48 EST 2012
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Tue Feb 07 22:21:59 EST 2012
People have rights in a democracy! Don't try to take them away. You are ruining your corporate image by such heavy-handed tactics. People who want to use your cards should have full legal rights. Imposed More....arbitration is a way of taking away rights and individual freedoms. No! People are smarter than to accept that.
Tue Feb 07 22:18:00 EST 2012
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Tue Feb 07 20:07:24 EST 2012
Now that I've been warned, I simply won't buy any Starbucks prepaid cards. Wish I had the same luxury to avoid using credit cards.
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