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Starbucks Allows Non-Customers to Use Bathroom

This is the newest offering at Starbucks across the country. You no longer have to be a customer to use their bathroom.

Posted: May 13, 2018 2:54 PM

SAN FRANCISCO - This is the newest offering at Starbucks across the country.

It's clearly not on the menu, but it is now part of the corporate policy.

You no longer have to be a customer to use their bathroom.

"I think it makes sense, especially in San Francisco where it's inclusive, to let anyone use the bathroom facilities," said Dave Post, a Starbucks customer. 

The move is spurred by an April arrest of two black businessmen in a Philidelphia store.

They asked to use the restroom but hadn't bought anything.

It triggered protests and got a direct response from corporate.

"This is the antithesis of values and everything Starbucks stands for," said Howard Schultz, the Starbucks executive chairman. 

So the coffee chain announced nationwide plans for racial bias training as well as opening its bathrooms up to anyone and everyone.

And while the chain said it doesn't want to become a public bathroom, locals say more pit stops are welcome in a city where sidewalks have served that purpose, though it likely means baristas duties will become a little more gritty.

"I've seen these little ladies in here and they control it- they become like pit bulls and when there's like a nasty person that doesn't want to get out, you know, like a street person, so I've seen that. All of a sudden the nice little barista becomes an enforcer," said Nick Petras, a Starbucks customer. 

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