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Starbucks, the nationwide coffee shop chain, is asking its customers to petition officials in Washington D.C. to reopen the federal government.

As of Friday morning, there were petitions on the counters of every Starbucks in the country. The petitions call on the Congress and the President to reopen the government.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, in a video news release, expressed his concern: "We are literally headed for a collision course with time, as we head to the 17th [of October], and the possibility of defaulting on our [government] debt payments."

The Starbucks executive says the "nonpartisan" petition calls on political leaders to pay America's debts on time, and to fashion a bipartisan budget deal by the end of the year.

During our visit to the Starbucks on Pennsylvania Avenue in Southeast D.C., we observed the vast majority of customers signing the petitions.

"I'd like my husband to go back to work," said Kate Miller holding her 16-month-old daughter. "He's home. And the checkbook is getting a little scary."

Aimee Occhetti signed enthusiastically.

"I think grassroots efforts always make a difference," Occhetti told us. "I really do think that people should sign a petition, and get out there, and tell the government we need to stay open. [The shutdown] is ridiculous."

Dorian Bean-Lipscombe also affixed her signature, declaring, "This is allowing an opportunity for a lot of people to speak out, [people] who normally wouldn't be heard."

Although we saw a couple of Starbucks customers decline to sign the petition, during our visit, over 80 percent of the customers were putting down their names on the plea to reopen government.

Starbucks executives plan to collect signatures through Sunday, then deliver the petitions to Washington early next week.

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