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Starbucks giving free coffee to those who pay it forward

Wednesday, October 09, 2013
(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Want a free cup of Starbucks coffee? The chain is asking you to pay it forward!

From today through Friday, if you buy a drink for someone else, you can get a tall brewed coffee for free.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says he launched the "pay it forward" campaign because the government shutdown has put us in a period of uncertainty.

Schultz said in a memo to staff that the offer is a way to help fellow citizens "support and connect with one another, even as we wait for our elected officials to do the same for our country."

A retail analyst says the offer won't likely do much to change attitudes in Washington but could make for great marketing.

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