Starbucks issued a new policy on Saturday: Patrons no longer need to make a purchase to sit in the cafe or use the restrooms.
According to the Associated Press, Starbucks executives have claimed the old policies were “loose and ambiguous,” which left the decision on whether or not people could use the bathroom or sit in the stores up to managers and employees.
Now, the company is telling its employees to consider every person entering the store a customer “regardless of whether they make a purchase.”
The new policy comes just weeks after two black men, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, were arrested and escorted out of a Philadelphia Starbucks on April 12. The men hadn’t ordered anything yet, because they were waiting for a friend to arrive. Read more…