On Saturday the nation’s most ubiquitous coffee chain just took a giant step towards becoming the stinkiest as the corporation announced that their formal policy has been set that the customer doesn’t come first – at least when they are of the paying type.
The week after chairman Howard Schultz let it slip that the chain would provide public restrooms to non-paying customers, Starbucks has now decided that not only would the toilets be havens for junkies, hookers and the homeless but that the dregs of society would also be able to relax and enjoy themselves in the dining areas too even if their occupation of the premises will deprive the people who pony up $7 for a cup of steamy delights of a place to sit.
It’s rare to see such a large corporation deliberately destroy itself but that is exactly what the future holds for Starbucks after an extreme overreaction to two black loiterers being arrested in Philadelphia. It’s hard to see how this is going to end well, especially when sanity returns and the company has to reverse the policy which will trigger social media Armageddon.
Starbucks announces new policy that allows anyone to sit in cafes — even if they don't buy anything. https://t.co/fm4fSg0QUU
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 19, 2018
Starbucks announced a new policy Saturday that allows anyone to sit in its cafes or use its restrooms, even if they don’t buy anything.
The new policy comes five weeks after two black men who hadn’t bought anything were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks.
Company executives have said its previous policies were loose and ambiguous, leaving decisions on whether people could sit in its stores or use the restroom up to store managers.
Starbucks said it has told workers to consider anyone who walks into its stores a customer, “regardless of whether they make a purchase.”
The company said anyone can use its cafes, patios or restrooms without buying anything, but it noted workers should still call the police if someone is a safety threat.
“We are committed to creating a culture of warmth and belonging where everyone is welcome,” Starbucks said in a statement.
It’s impossible to see how this is going to be anything but brewing up a king-sized pot of problems, especially in urban areas with large homeless populations. The summer is going to be bad enough as vagrants look to cool off in a nice air-conditioned environment where they can hang out all day but just wait until wintertime when the temperatures plunge in such places as Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago and New York and hundreds of homeless seek refuge from the elements.
The only ones happier with this than the homeless are the owners of other businesses who now have been relieved of their own problems thanks to the liberal nincompoops at Starbucks. They will likely implement strict customer-only policies and just direct the freeloaders down the street to Starbucks while providing a clean and comfortable environment for former Starbucks customers.
What’s next? Free coffee too? Don’t put it past Schultz and his yes men who have shown that they will jump through flaming hoops if it spares them from being accused of racism.
Coming soon: tent cities in the parking lots.