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January 1, Starbucks CEO Hints at Doing Away with Public Restrooms



Starbucks might make its bathroom private again, CEO Howard Schultz hinted during a recent interview.

The coffee giant made its restrooms available to the public, even without a purchase, after a high-profile incident in 2018. But Schultz told The New York Times Andrew Ross Sorkin that private bathrooms might be necessary to maintain a “safe environment.”

“There is an issue of just safety in our stores, in terms of people coming in, who use our stores as a public bathroom, and we have to provide a … safe environment for our people and our customers,” Schultz said.

“[The] mental health crisis in this country is severe, acute and getting worse,” Schultz said. “I don’t know if we can keep our bathrooms open.” 

“Again, Starbucks is trying to solve a problem and face a problem that is the government’s responsibility,” Schultz said. “And when I think about the issues that we, our business is facing and the challenge that our people are facing, almost every, every question you ask is a question about what the government’s responsibility is, and what I realize more and more, the government is no longer gonna solve any of these problems.”



  1. Tired of It

    June 13, 2022 at 8:14 am

    The current administration excels at creating problems, not solving them.

  2. Truth Vaccine

    June 13, 2022 at 10:03 am

    Buy coffee from your local deli and street carts.
    Small, black coffee.
    Thank you.
    Say no to Globalism.

  3. Jack

    June 13, 2022 at 4:52 pm

    What if I’m a paying customer?

  4. Jack

    June 13, 2022 at 4:53 pm

    What if I’m a paying customer?

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