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Starbucks may close its Bathrooms to the Public Again

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has stated that his firm may not be able to maintain its public restrooms open. After two Black males were denied access to a restroom in a Philadelphia Starbucks while waiting for a buddy, the coffee business opened its facilities to the public in 2018. A Starbucks employee phoned the cops when they sat in the store without ordering anything and were arrested for trespassing. No charges were ever brought against him.

Protests and unfavorable publicity followed the tragedy. The corporation apologized and shuttered all of its stores for a day so that staff could get racial prejudice training. However, during a New York Times DealBook conference in Washington, DC on Thursday, Schultz stated that the corporation may have to adjust its strategy again.

Starbucks may close its Bathrooms to the Public AgainHe said that a rising mental health problem was endangering employees and customers, and that the present policy made it impossible for Starbucks employees to run their locations. “We have to fortify our stores and offer safety for our workers,” Schultz said during the conference, according to the Times. “I’m not sure we’ll be able to keep our bathrooms open.”

When Schultz was the company’s executive chairman in 2018, he argued that allowing everyone who asked to use the restroom was the proper option because of the implicit bias that occurs when they are denied entry. Schultz was recently reassigned as temporary CEO of the store and has been dealing with mounting employee discontent. Employees at the company’s stores are attempting to form a union. Despite the fact that the union has only won votes in a tiny percentage of the company’s 9,000 US shops, it has had overwhelming success in the ballots held so far.

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