Downing a large cup of coffee at Starbucks may soon be a risky venture -- especially for people with weak bladders.
The company is considering permanently closing its restrooms to the public, says CEO Howard Schultz. The reason for the looming bathroom ban, however, isn't exactly clear. "We have to harden our stores and provide safety for our people,” Schultz says. "I don’t know if we can keep our bathrooms open."
It wouldn't mark the first time Starbucks has closed its restrooms to the public. In 2018, the company temporarily locked its bathrooms after employees at a Philadelphia location refused to let two Black men relieve themselves. The employees then had the men arrested for trespassing.
Should restrooms be required at businesses in which customers stay for an extended period of time?