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#1 User is offline   MontyPython 

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 03:58 PM

WALSH: Remember When Starbucks Caved And Opened Their Bathrooms To Non-Customers? Here's How That Worked Out.

Matt Walsh
The Daily Wire
Jan 9 2019

There are so many contrived outrages in a given week, let alone a year, that it can be hard to recall any individual instance of outrage after it has already passed. But the infamous Starbucks bathroom outrage was so phony, so absurd, and so disconnected from anything resembling logic or reason, that it deserves to be remembered.

In case you need a refresher course: a Starbucks manager at a location in Philadelphia came under heavy fire last spring after refusing restroom privileges to two non-customers. The men, who happened to be black, asked to use the restroom but were informed that only paying customers were granted access to the facilities. This was not a policy she invented on her own. At the time, many Starbucks locations enforced this rule, just as many other restaurants and stores enforce similar rules.

The men sat down and took up a table while refusing to purchase something. They were informed, again, that they would have to buy a coffee, or a snack, or anything else, if they wanted to sit at a table or use the bathroom. They continued to refuse. Finally, the manager called the police and reported them for trespassing. The incident went viral. "Racism" was immediately assumed, despite a total lack of evidence to support the charge. The Starbucks CEO publicly threw the loyal employee under the bus. Finally, in their last act of corporate cowardice, Starbucks reversed their restroom policy and announced that anyone, even non-customers, could sit in their restaurants and use their bathrooms.

Fast forward a few months. Certain Starbucks locations, less than a year after announcing this enlightened new restroom philosophy, now must install special disposal boxes for used heroin needles. They'll also be removing regular trashcans from some bathrooms after employees expressed concern about getting pricked with needles while changing out the bags. There have been reports of condoms, alcohol bottles, and blood stains on the floors. Indeed, this bathroom free-for-all has made bathrooms ironically less accessible as some Starbucks restaurants have had to close their stalls for extended periods due to, says the New York Post, "prolonged cleaning."

It may be fairly pointed out that Starbucks probably had many of these problems even before the new policy. Yes, and that's exactly the point. That's why the policy existed in the first place. A spacious, private, single-stall bathroom at a Starbucks in an urban area is an attractive place for drug addicts, drunks, vagrants, and other assorted characters. Most businesses are not interested in becoming de facto homeless shelters or halfway homes. Historically, that's why they reserve their bathrooms and their tables for people who are actually interested in purchasing their products. It's not a fail-proof plan, but it's relatively effective. There's a reason why these needle disposal boxes only became necessary after they changed the policy.

So, what have we learned here? It's likely that the suits at Starbucks have learned exactly zilch. The rest of us, though, have again discovered that caving to the unthinking, outraged masses will profit you nothing in the end. If you abandon a thoughtful, well-reasoned path just because a bunch of imbeciles are shouting some word that ends with -ist or -phobic, you will ultimately pay a much higher price than whatever price the imbeciles may have been able to extract.

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 05:21 PM

Only ever in a Starbucks once, and even then I didn't buy a coffee, but a summer drink. If I want quality mass coffee, I go to Café Nero or Costa Coffee.
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Posted 10 January 2019 - 05:55 PM

Listening to the radio earlier the leftist spin is that Starbucks is install the disposal boxes for diabetics.
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Posted 10 January 2019 - 06:16 PM

View PostJoe the Pagan, on 10 January 2019 - 05:55 PM, said:

Listening to the radio earlier the leftist spin is that Starbucks is install the disposal boxes for diabetics.


Or, maybe that's Dunkin' Donuts?

(And for the record I have no dog in the fight; If I HAVE to go to a coffee shop I like Caribou Coffee.)

Pet peeve with Dunkin' is that (last time I've been to one) you tell them what you want in your coffee rather than DIY. I like a scant tsp (about 1 packet) in about 16 oz of coffee. Tell Dunkin' you want "sugar" and you get what might as well be coffee syrup that would put anyone into a diabetic coma.
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Posted 10 January 2019 - 06:52 PM

View Postscotsman, on 10 January 2019 - 05:21 PM, said:

Only ever in a Starbucks once, and even then I didn't buy a coffee, but a summer drink. If I want quality mass coffee, I go to Café Nero or Costa Coffee.


None in the USA that I'm aware of. IMHO the best are...

#1 - Mine. You just can't beat doing it yourself. I have a single serve "capresso" machine (No, not one of these stupid Keurig things.) It has a basket, you put in a measure (2 TBSP US, 30cc or so elsewhere) of grounds and or whatever (I do like cinnamon from time to time), Make it your own. A minute or so late its done.

#2 - Carribou Coffee. I even have one of their "French Presses" though it seems kind of silly.

#3 - Tim Horton's (A nod to a canadian chain, though growing in the US.) Actually I go for the donuts. The coffee is at least passable.

#4 - Einstein Bro's bagels. Like Horton's, at least passable.

RULE OF THUMB: Trust me on this, I'm ex-Navy, I know a thing or two about bad coffee:

- Pour a cup. Add some cream/milk/whatever. If it immediately "curdles", solid starts to float on top. The problem is the cream rather than the coffee.

- Pour a cup. Add some cream/milk/whatever. Stir it. If it tends to stay in distinct 'swirls' rather than melding, the coffee is "old".

- Pour a cup. Add some cream/milk/whatever. If that makes it turn grey rather than merely light brown, the coffee is old.


Worst engineering project EVER: Salt Lake City UT, amongst a firm that was hugely mormon. The put on a pot of coffee at 7 AM just to humor us "heathens". Want another cup at 4PM for the ride home? Well, it's the same pot that's been there since 7 AM. It is what it is, they can do what they do. But there's a REASON I don't bid on too many projects in the SLC area these days.
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Posted 11 January 2019 - 11:34 AM

View PostJoe the Pagan, on 10 January 2019 - 05:55 PM, said:

Listening to the radio earlier the leftist spin is that Starbucks is install the disposal boxes for diabetics.


My wife is and I am a pre-diabetic, we have a pill bottle we each carry for the very small pen needles that every diabetic uses. not many vial users anymore. If that is the spin, why have they not put them in before the policy change, things that make you go hmmmm.
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Posted 11 January 2019 - 12:46 PM

View PostJoe the Pagan, on 10 January 2019 - 05:55 PM, said:

Listening to the radio earlier the leftist spin is that Starbucks is install the disposal boxes for diabetics.

And for IV drug users.
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