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Reed Becomes Barista for a Day

Talks Tax Reform and Higher Education with Starbucks Employees

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Jamestown, NY, February 9, 2018 | comments
Today, Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23) participated in the Starbucks “behind the bar” program at the Jamestown location.

“Tax reform it transformational not only for our region, but for the country. It is great to see companies like Starbucks accelerate their paid family leave plans and give back to their employees as a result of our new tax laws,” Reed stated.

The event began with a roundtable discussion with Starbucks employees on issues including tax reform, higher education and workforce training.

“Thanks to Starbucks for allowing me to shadow as a barista. I got to spend time with a lot of great people and hear their personal stories and also learn about the educational and health care benefits that Starbucks provides,” Reed added.

After the conversation Reed put on the Starbucks green apron and learned how to become a barista, including filling brewed coffee orders, pulling pastries, warming sandwiches, offering customers samples.

Reed also was able to meet with area residents who came to the Starbucks. He was available to answer questions regarding recent tax reform legislation as well as local issues.

“With tax reform, we know that everyone will benefit because the economy will be better in the long run. Thank you Congressman Reed for fighting for tax reform!” said Mary, a Bemus Point resident who happened to visit the location while Reed was there.

Please visit our Facebook page for pictures of the event.

A video wrap up of the event can be found here.

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