(TJV) Starbucks is shuttering 16 locations in major cities over incidents related to drug use and ‘other disruptions’ in its cafes, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The company on Monday announced that it would be permanently closing six stores each in Seattle and Los Angeles, as well as two in Portland, OR, and single locations in Philadelphia and Washington DC by the end of the month.
“We read every incident report you file—it’s a lot,” wrote operations leads Debbie Stroud and Denise Nelson in a message to U.S. employees Monday. “We cannot serve as partners if we don’t first feel safe at work.” (Starbucks refers to its employees as ‘partners’)
Starbucks also said that it would give store managers leeway to close restrooms, limit seating or reduce operations in response to safety concerns. The moves are part of policies aimed at addressing workers’ concerns, including about their safety on the job, the company said.
Managers can continue to change store layouts if needed, including limiting seating to customers, the spokeswoman said. The company said it would provide additional guidance to baristas in how to deal with active shooter scenarios and conflict de-escalation at work. -WSJ
In 2028, Starbucks went “woke” and started to invite non-customers to use their bathrooms, and started new policies allowing homeless people and drug addicts to hang out in the coffee shops, clean themselves in the bathrooms, and shoot heroin !!
Four weeks ago, Starbucks CEO Howard Schutz told the NY Times that the company was assessing increasing threats to public safety over its “all inclusive” 2018 bathroom policy that encouraged homeless people and drug addicts to make copious use.