Corporate stupidism Starbucks style

Stupidism? Yes, I know, not a word, but, frankly, I think it describes the idiocy and cowardice of many corporations. Legal Insurrection fills us in

It has now been been 8 months since the famous purveyor of caffeinated confection, Starbucks, declared their bathrooms “open to the public” without the need to purchase their products.

The last time we reported on the caffeine giant, a New York Post team had investigated several Manhattan bathrooms and found that there wasn’t an open stall among the stores they visited. Many employees complained of blood, discarded syringes, and potentially infectious materials strewn throughout the toilets.

Sensible corporate leaders might reconsider the open-door policy, in light of the health risks to both employees and their customers.

However, this is Starbucks we are talking about. Its executives opted to add a new menu item: Needle-disposal boxes.

The coffee giant is exploring remedies after employees expressed fears about being pricked by uncapped needles and experiencing related health risks. Starbucks is testing solutions, including installing sharps-disposal boxes, using heavier-duty trash bags to prevent needle pokes, and removing trash cans from certain bathrooms.

“These societal issues affect us all and can sometimes place our partners (employees) in scary situations, which is why we have protocols and resources in place to ensure our partners are out of harm’s way,” Starbucks representative Reggie Borges told Business Insider.

The problems revealed by the New York City report are not limited to that area. Complaints about the bathrooms are being generated across the country, by workers who are not comfortable in being directly identified.

As of Thursday, more than 3,700 people signed a petition on the site petitioning Starbucks to place Sharps Containers in “high-risk bathrooms.”

One Starbucks barista, who declined to have her name published out of fear for her employment, said she was jabbed with a needle last year. She has lobbied her bosses and the company to get medical waste containers.

“Honestly, safe Sharps disposals in the bathrooms because that’s going to protect us that’s not going to fix the problem overall, but it’s going to protect the employees and the customers,” she said.

The barista said several of her colleagues had also been jabbed.

“It’s a coffee shop. It’s not a coffee shop’s problem to solve the drug problem, it’s to protect the employees.”

Again, Stupidity reigns. In an attempt to be sensitive, and compassionate, Starbucks has begun a descent into madness. One simple rule of life, and one Starbucks ignored is that you do not win by rewarding bad behavior. In fact you only make it worse. Wisdom, trumps compassion. Reality trumps sensitivity. 

Excusing, tolerating and in fact enabling bad behavior does not work. Yet Starbucks is so afraid of negative publicity. Put me in charge of Starbucks, and I would return the no loitering policy, and insist that ONLY paying customers be allowed to use the restrooms. And if some activists do not like it, tough! If someone wants to call such policies “unjust” or “insensitive”, that is OK with me. I prefer safe working environments. Starbucks, it seems, is OK with their workers becoming infected by dirty needles, or some other type of exposure to contagions. Leadership, Leftist style

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