I get it, Starbucks is arguably the most popular chain in the world right now. Not only do people love the coffee, but it has become a meeting spot for professionals, the go to wifi network for travelers and overall the most popular quick stop for a morning breakfast with coffee. But it comes at a cost.
Yesterday morning, I went to my local Starbucks to get a cup of coffee before work. I went to get my usual and had to quickly use the restroom. As you are all aware, Starbucks has a open restroom policy and allow anyone, including people who don’t buy any of their products, to use the facility. Living in Los Angeles, this means that all Starbucks restrooms are a disgusting cesspool of germs from homeless individuals.
When I walked in, there was a pile of human shit on the ground and a homeless man passed out with a needle still stuck in his arm. He was snoring loudly and had passed out after he shot up. Is this what we think in benefiting them? Starbucks is far to reliant with who they let into their restroom. I have friends who quit working there because they felt that they might as well be security guards and not baristas because they had to stop so many people from doing drugs/drinking in the restroom. One friend even needed to take an STD test because they pricked their finger on a used needle while taking out the trash.
I understand accommodating for people in need, but does being this lenient help them in the long run? Or just give them a safe place to continue bad behavior?