Things are getting more interesting in Starbucks since they changed their bathroom policy. Their new policy is very simple. Only customers can use the restrooms but you don’t need to buy anything to be considered a customer.
When the policy was first announced, regular customers of Starbucks was worried that it could become a hangout for drug addicts. Starbucks and the liberal media assured them it would not and that they were worried for nothing. But it is now being reported that Starbucks employees have found needles, drug baggies, and blood in the bathrooms. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that one employee got stuck by a needle in the bathroom.
“We are committed to creating a culture of warmth and belonging where everyone is welcome,” Starbucks said.
Because customers who pay north of $5.00 for a fancy latte want to have a side of syringes.
Starbucks enacted this policy after they faced a huge backlash when two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia location.
A Starbucks employee reportedly found syringes, drug baggies and blood all over the walls in the bathroom.
Fox News reported:
In a Starbucks subreddit, people are voicing concerns that the new policy will lead to stores being filled with homeless people and drug users. One user who claims they work at a Chicago Starbucks wrote that a homeless person using the bathroom got into a fight with a customer and police requested to see the store policy before taking action.
“This is exactly the kind of behavior that I fear will drive all the regular customers away, at least from urban locations. Opposing racism is nice and all, but it is not the responsibility of Starbucks to resolve all urban problems at one location let alone turn its stores into homeless drop-in centers,” another user wrote in response.
On another thread debating the new policy, a Starbucks customer expressed similar concerns. “I can’t see how this will work in urban areas with large homeless/mentally ill populations… I just worry about how many employees will be put in danger (or get fired) until this happens,” the user wrote.
Someone claiming to be an employee who works at a store in the loop in Chicago said they hate the new policy because the store bathrooms have turned into a hub for drug activity. “We haven’t been allowed to change our bathroom codes since April. So almost all the junkies and homeless people know the code now. About once a week we find needles, drug baggies, blood all over the toilet or walls,” the user wrote.
However, others argue that while there was never an official policy in place until now, many stores operated under similar guidelines before the April incident.
“I was trained on this two years ago when I started. That whole controversy was caused by someone who didn’t follow policy. In fact, they went completely against policy. The only time we’re supposed to kick anyone out of the store is if they are bothering other customers or are damaging the café,” someone wrote.