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Simple red Starbucks cups stir up controversy

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 01:04

Some customers say they aren't getting the Christmas feel from Starbucks' minimalist red cups this year. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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These simple red coffee cups are generating a lot of buzz. Some religious conservatives are upset that Starbucks is eliminating its holiday cup designs, and going with a far more minimalist approach. SOUNDBITE: LOS ANGELES STARBUCKS EMPLOYEE, SKYLER SHELLEY, SAYING: "Couple customers come in and are like why are there no snowflakes and this and that." SOUNDBITE: UNIDENTIFIED CUSTOMER, SAYING: "It doesn't give me the 'wow, it's Christmas!' do you know what I mean?" Even Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has spoken up: SOUNDBITE: REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "No more merry Christmas. Lots of big things, little things. If I become president, we're all going to be saying Merry Christmas again, that I can tell you." But many customers, like Ursula White of Phoenix, say they really don't care. They just want coffee SOUNDBITE: CUSTOMER URSULA WHITE, SAYING: "It's what's in the cup that's important. Not what the cup looks like." Previous years' cups featured snowflakes and sometimes Christmas ornaments. But this year, Starbucks has issued a statement saying, "We wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories."

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Simple red Starbucks cups stir up controversy

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 01:04