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New Starbucks policy in U.S.: No purchase needed to sit in cafes

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If Starbucks is going to prevent its workers from keeping their paying customers safe, then I won’t go there anymore.

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Riff raff central.

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I can't wait to see how many homeless squatters show up to take up residence now. It's just publicity stunt. My guess is they will quietly change this policy back in the future.

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cla68Today  06:58 am JST

“If Starbucks is going to prevent its workers from keeping their paying customers safe, then I won’t go there anymore.”

Did you perhaps not read the article? Which says:

“The company said anyone can use its cafes, patios or restrooms without buying anything, but it noted workers should still call the police if someone is a safety threat.”

I wonder what what will happen if non-ordering customers occupy so many tables for so long paying customers can’t get a table? What then? I can think of a least two Starbucks in my hometown where that could easily happen.

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I went to college in West Philly. This is gonna be a disaster for paying customers. Do you want to pay 5 bucks for a coffee snd sit beside a homeless person smelling of urine?

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Ridiculous. How many examples does it take to show that social justice virtue signaling and common sense don’t mix? Starbucks staff are going to be really pleased when they have to deal with freeloaders etc taking up space instead of paying customers and cleaning up their mess.

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Do you want to pay 5 bucks for a coffee snd sit beside a homeless person smelling of urine?

Such people will still be removed.

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Somebody's gonna get fired or resign over this in less than 6 months.

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If I was homeless, needed a bathroom to shoot up, or just wanted a free office space now I know where to go.

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If I was homeless, needed a bathroom to shoot up, or just wanted a free office space now I know where to go.

In the US that would be a welcome improvement for the inhabitants of tent camps :)

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In order for this to work, they will have to remove the chairs and replace with "standing steats" and bench tables.

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And the Toilets will probably become coin ("deposit") operated, with the lock having a fixed timer of 20 minutes (or so), thereafter it unlocks, and the coin needs to be physically reinserted from the outside after a vacancy period of 2 minutes during which the cubicle undergoes automated cleansing.

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And not to forget the ambient music, this probably needs to be periodically inset with a Loud Jolt burst that will wake up any Customer attempting to sleep.

Coffee aromas will need to be strong, and made circulate throughout the shop premises, plus with a hint of sugary cinnamon in order to entice hunger...

I reckon Starbucks will make a few additional changes along with these new rules... otherwise, they're History.

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I've already seen foreign customers at Starbucks in Japan doing that very thing: having bought nothing but sitting there using the WiFi. Of course, the Japanese staff are not going to tell them to exit because they get to use that special "foreigner's pass".

As for Sbux in the U.S., as mmwkdw said, crank up that coffee aroma to an 11, and see your profits nosedive. There are other choices for decent coffee in places where it doesn't feel like you've walked into a Greyhound bus station.

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@Jalapeno: not sure which Starbucks you are using, but I get no free pass in Tokyo. They are very assertive about first ordering then finding a seat if available. However, because mostly Japanese salarimen (on the job apparently), female high school students (studying), and other Japanese, take all the seats with a small coffee for hours and hours, I rarely can sit.

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Speaking of which two weeks ago I was in NYC and it seems outside Starbucks front door is prime real estate for panhandlers to spend their day and greet you as you enter. Upon entering and ordering, then trying to use the toilet it was "out of order".

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To be honest, I rarely go to Coffee shops, Starbucks Coffee is just expensive coffee-like tasting water, as too many of it's competitors. A decent Coffee shop would probably end up being a small expensive boutique franchise catering to real Coffee connoisseurs, but now with this seating for free ruling, these too will probably go out of business. Perhaps Starbucks and the like need to go mobile, and sell their coffee from roadside vans - that way there's no argument about seating or Toilets, though I guess like AirBnB these mobile ventures will soon be kicked off the streets by the bricks and mortar businesses kicking up a fuss with the local governments.

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Great, one more reason to avoid Starbucks.

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Raw BeerMay 21 05:42 pm JST

Great, one more reason to avoid Starbucks.

On top of the overpriced second rate coffee

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