Are you a coffee drinker? If so, I’ve got one word for you: Folgers. Because Starbucks, predictably, ain’t gonna be a place you want to hang out any more. Excerpt:
In an effort rehab their image, Starbucks Corp. announced they would no longer use old guidelines that a person present in the building or wanting to use their bathroom must purchase an item, according to the Wall Street Journal:
“On Saturday, the company told its employees in a letter that “any person who enters our spaces, including patios, cafes and restrooms, regardless of whether they make a purchase, is considered a customer.”
Under the new policy, when a customer is “behaving in a disruptive manner,” employees should follow the company’s procedure on handling disruptive guests, which will contain some new guidance, a spokesman said. Starbucks didn’t say what that procedure entails or define what constitutes disruptive behavior. If a situation presents an immediate danger or threat to employee or customer safety, Starbucks employees should call 911, the company said.
Having just spent a year in the Bay Area, I can product what’s going to happen in walk-in Starbucks stores in the major cities: They will turn into free campsites for every smelly bum in the area, and their restrooms will become shit-caked, disease-ridden hellholes.
Stupid is as stupid does. This new “policy” will cost Starbucks customers and, maybe, the company. And they will have had it coming.