12/05/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Starbucks' Election Bummer: Law Says Shop Must Provide Free Coffee For All

Starbucks promised to give every voter a free cup of coffee today. You didn't have to bring in any proof you actually voted.

Apparently, some party pooper pointed out this might violate election laws (providing goods in exchange for votes). So now--even better--the Wall Street Journal reports that Starbucks[SBUX 12.27 -0.26 (-2.08%) ] is giving away a tall cup of coffee to ANYONE who asks for it today, whether you voted or not! Yes we can!

So how much coffee might Starbucks have to give away? What is the cost? The company won't say.

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