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Starbucks shareholder meeting had awkward moments, too

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson speaks Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at the company’s annual shareholders meeting in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) WATW106 WATW106

Starbucks' annual meeting is a chance for the world's most famous coffee brand to make nice with the thousands of investors, large and small, who have stuck with the company in a business that has become more complicated with every quarter. The ceremony went off with only a few hitches.

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