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Starbucks asks customers to sign petition

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Starbucks, known for its piping hot coffee, is throwing itself in the middle of yet another heated national debate.

The world’s biggest coffee chain said Thursday that it will ask customers and businesses to sign a petition calling for an end to the partial government shutdown that has forced hundreds of thousands of federal workers off the job.

The petition, which will be available at all Starbucks 11,000 U.S. locations to sign beginning Friday, calls for reopening the government, paying…

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