Starbucks As a Bathroom
USA – May 24, 2018
Starbucks has introduced new rules: anyone is now welcome to spend time in its stores and use the restroom, even if they don't make a purchase. The new rules are a result of an official statement by put out by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.
But there are limits. Starbucks employees fear that the coffee shops may become too hospitable to undesirable and dangerous individuals.
"We don’t want to become a public bathroom, but we’re going to make the right decision 100% of the time and give people the key because we don’t want anyone at Starbucks to feel as if we are not giving access to use the bathroom," said Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.
Some employees think that new policy puts people's safety at risk. It includes smoking, using drugs or alcohol, panhandling, sleeping or improperly using the restroom.
The company offered specific guidelines in a document shared with employees. And if a Starbucks employee thinks the situation isn't safe, he or she should call 911.
The new policy came after two black men were arrested for trespassing at a Starbucks restroom in Philadelphia last month. The manager called the police, but no charges were filed.