WELCOME TO STARBUCKS, PLEASE MAKE YOURSELF COMFORTABLE – Good news for everyone with continence issues or simply in a momentary need: in addition to public toilets available (or not), you can also now use Starbucks’ facilities:
Starbucks executive chairman Howard Schultz now says Starbucks stores will open their bathrooms to everyone, regardless if they’ve made a purchase.
Schultz’s comments follow the arrest of two black men at a Starbucks on Rittenhouse Square last month who had asked to use the bathroom without making a purchase but an employee told them it was only for paying customers. When they sat in the store without ordering anything, the manager called police, and the men were arrested for trespassing. No charges were filed.
As Ace blogged a while ago:
23. Now Starbucks is saying this was all contrary to their policy and, presumably, anyone who wants to sit in their shops and not order anything and use the bathrooms has the right to do so as long as they like.
24. Starbucks, in other words, has just announced its stores are not stores primarily, but are now privately-funded shelters and bathroom facilities for the homeless. You don’t have to spend a slim dime in the store to sit as long as you please and use the bathrooms.
25. That’ll be great for Starbucks’ business. Their yuppie douchebag clientele love the homeless in the abstract, but we’ll see how much they appreciate their coffee shops being jammed with them, close-up-like, occupying most tables and chairs.
26. I don’t even want to defend Starbucks; I want them to have the full taste of Social Justice Warrior progressivism. If this is the company’s ideology, then they should live that ideology to the full.
Starbucks – it’s not just a place with terrible coffee*
(* disclosure: when travelling around Europe, I generally get Starbucks coffee as it is consistent and consistently marginally better than the generally awful coffee served everywhere else. Now I will also be using their toilets.)