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Starbucks announced a big change to its bathroom policy after the #BoycottStarbucks incident
Starbucks Unveils New Bathroom Policy in Response to Philadelphia Arrests | HelloGiggles
Last month, two black men who went to a Starbucks in Philadelphia and did not buy anything were denied use of the restroom and asked to leave. Then an employee called the police and the men were arrested , prompting protests, boycotts and accusations of racism. Previously it might have fallen to store managers to decide whether people could sit or use the restroom without buying anything, The Associated Press reported. The men who were arrested in Philadelphia, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, were waiting for another man, Andrew Yaffe, who is white, for a business meeting on April 12 when the officers arrived.
Starbucks issued a new policy on Saturday: Patrons no longer need to make a purchase to sit in the cafe or use the restrooms. According to the Associated Press, Starbucks executives have claimed the old policies were "loose and ambiguous," which left the decision on whether or not people could use the bathroom or sit in the stores up to managers and employees. When using a Starbucks space, we respectfully request that customers behave in a manner that maintains a warm and welcoming environment," the policy reads. The new policy comes just weeks after two black men, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, were arrested and escorted out of a Philadelphia Starbucks on April
In that time, Starbucks has taken steps to apologize to the two men, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, even promising to close its franchise locations on May 29th for racial bias training. And yesterday, May 10th, the coffee chain announced that it is revising its bathroom policy in the wake of the incident. At the Atlantic Council in Washington, D. In an April 19th appearance on Good Morning America , Nelson said that he had asked to use the restroom at Starbucks after he and Robinson arrived to wait for a business meeting.