Now that political correctness has forced the coffee chain Starbucks into allowing anybody, whether they are a paying customer or not, to use their restrooms, employees fear that the neighborhood hangout could soon become a free-for-all homeless encampment.
Earlier this month, controversy erupted when a Starbucks in Philadelphia called the police on two black men who wanted to use the restroom and refused to purchase anything before a third member of their party arrived. As a result, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz effectively instituted a nation-wide policy allowing anybody to use the restroom regardless if they are a paying customer or not.
"We don’t want to become a public bathroom, but we’re going to make the right decision 100% of the time and give people the key, because we don’t want anyone at Starbucks to feel as if we are not giving access to use the bathroom," said Schultz.
Some welcome the new policy while others fear it could have unfortunate consequences.
“I’ve definitely done it. So I don’t see a problem with it,” employee Nicole McDonald told CBSLA.
“I think it should have always been that way, especially because of the way racism is you know,” said another employee.
Some customers feel otherwise.
“If you go into a business and you just sit there and you don’t buy anything you are taking up space at the table,” said Melrose Larry Green.
“You could end up having a squatters problem where you just have people coming and staying. I mean if they are going to do that they need to limit how long people can stay in there,” said Joe Selva.
Another said "it will be a homeless camp. At least we won’t have to deal with them on the street."
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Some employees, at least those not yet indoctrinated into the Starbucks cult, say the policy puts people's safety at risk.
“We get attacked a lot. Hollywood Boulevard. So I feel like obviously if you get attacked then we have the right to say no. We have the right to say no and call the police,” said Starbucks employee Ayumi.