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Starbucks Petition to End Shutdown: Locals React

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A trip to Starbucks may get you more than a fresh brew, it's a chance to encourage lawmakers to get the government back up and running.

A three-day campaign is underway for customers to sign a petition called "Come Together."  

The giant petition drive encourages congress to pass the long awaited budget and get federal workers back on the job. Starbucks is asking customers to sign ads in USA Today, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, and bring them into their local Starbucks over the weekend.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says he will share the petition with Washington officials.

The coffee chain also has the petition in the store for anyone who wishes to sign.

Here are what people in Erie are saying about the petition, and the government shutdown.

"Well, it's not going to cause any harm doing it. I mean how bad can it get? It can't get any worse," said Jim Klemm, an Erie resident.

"It's a great initiative from a business standpoint to just go out there and ask people, because it's something that affects the businesses as well," said Juan Mendez, a Mercyhurst student.

"I think it's a good idea because I think it'll be great to open national parks," said Babar Vagas, a London resident who is visiting Erie for a conference. "Especially for visitors like me, because that's a major attraction in this area. I think grownups need to get together in a room, decide how to over come this, and really, stop acting like children," he said.

Most of the people we spoke with on Saturday seemed beyond ready to have the government re-open.

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