Photo: Reproduced with permission from Satosatosatochi (@satosato_3104_
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Starbucks, closed due to COVID-19 infecting staff member, gets unexpected response

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By Mujo, grape Japan

According to the Japanese government and various news agencies , COVID-19 infections continue to spike, with national record-highs reported in December.

Posters on JR trains read “the new normal” of train travel, announcing their frequent spray-down of train cars aimed to reduce infections and keep passengers safe.

Similar preventative measures can be observed at restaurants, department stores, gyms, and all sorts of businesses across Japan.

From body temperature scanners and alcohol spray available at all entrances, to limited seating, everyone is doing their best to stay safe while still staying open.

Many businesses have been able to avoid infections, but not all.

Twitter user Satosatosatochi (@satosato3104) is a regular customer at his local Starbucks.

On Dec 1, he tweeted an image of a temporary closure notice (photo above) posted at his Starbuck’s entrance because an employee was infected with COVID-19.

"There was a sign on the Starbucks I always go to…which says they’ll be closed for a while. As I walked by, day after day, people keep posting these heartwarming messages on the door.

I hope the employee gets better soon. I look forward to the day I can enjoy your delicious drinks again."

Starbucks customers are undoubtedly loyal, as you can sometimes tell from the long lines of people waiting patiently when they could just as easily get a cheaper coffee from 7-Eleven.

Upon learning that their Starbucks was closed and one of their beloved staff was infected, one after one, customers stuck up notes to express their sympathy, gratitude and well-wishes for the sick staff.

"Drinking your coffee is always a pick-me-up when I’m tired from work. Thanks so much!"

"I pray that we can overcome this pandemic and return to the happiness I took for granted. I hope the staff recovers soundly."

"You always served me with a bright and gentle demeanor. I took that daily blessing for granted."

"I pray that the infected person recovers quickly and we can return to regular daily life. We don’t lose to Corona!"

These messages can teach us quite a profound lesson about how much we take for granted. And especially for those of us living in Japan, we still have so much to be grateful for. As other countries’ citizens are not able to go out and continue living as we are.

Reopening!

On December 5th, Satosatochi updated his Twitter with the following image.

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Looks like his Starbucks was able to reopen and everyone’s messages were well-received by the staff.

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That is very nice from these customers.

I am very happy to see that kind of support.

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this is why I love japan.....

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Good sentiments. Terrible coffee.

Starbucks customers are undoubtedly loyal, as you can sometimes tell from the long lines of people waiting patiently when they could just as easily get a cheaper coffee from 7-Eleven.

Starbucks has trained customers to think they prefer burnt coffee, which is easier to consistently create than properly lightly or even medium roasted coffee beans. https://www.mashed.com/225579/the-real-reason-coffee-shops-burn-their-coffee-beans/ Some coffee producing countries had to get govt approval to sell the bad beans to Starbucks. It was illegal.

In places with coffee culture, Starbucks only survive in tourist areas. Walk just a few blocks and get wonderful cup almost anywhere else, for less.

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Fantastic to see, and very japanese attitude!

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Why is the specific *$$$ store not mentioned?

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Can we ever get to read an article about Starbucks without half or more of the comments basing their coffee or their prices? Some of us don’t care where you guys but your coffee

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(Japanese) People don’t go to Starbucks for their coffee.

They go their to read, study, work or have a meeting.

Enjoying their coffee is way down the list

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(Japanese) People don’t go to Starbucks for their coffee.

They go their to read, study, work or have a meeting.

Enjoying their coffee is way down the list

So....like every Starbucks in every country everywhere?

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