More than 3,700 people, believe it or not, have already signed a petition at Coworker.org calling on Starbucks to do something about the problem, including many Starbucks "partners" (the company name for Starbucks employees) who say they have to take antiviral drugs regularly in order to protect themselves while on the job.
Reports indicate that the Seattle-based corporation is already beginning to install the syringe disposal boxes at some of the more "high-risk" Starbucks locations, including in Lynnwood, Washington, where employees who spoke with Business Insider on the condition of anonymity explained the horrors they find in their stores on an almost daily basis.
"My coworkers and I had all experienced needles left behind in the bathroom, store, and even in our drive-thru," one partner who signed the petition stated. "My primary fear when I worked there would be taking out the bathroom garbages. I was terrified that if I went to take the bag out, I would get poked by a needle I didn't know was there."
All of this insanity started last spring after a pair of black men cried racism upon being told that they couldn't use the restroom at a Philadelphia Starbucks location unless they purchased drinks. The incident gained national attention, and in typical Leftist, virtue-signaling fashion, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz caved to the politically-correct pressure to "do something" by announcing that all Starbucks restrooms would, from then on, be open to the public.
That decision has since turned into an absolute nightmare for Starbucks, which has now earned the reputation of being America's public toilet – dirty drug syringes and all. In other words, by pandering to phony Leftist outrage, Starbucks has now turned its stores into dangerous drug dens that put both employees and customers at risk of serious harm.
But rather than reverse course by reverting back to being a respectable business rather than a chain of homeless shelters, Starbucks is doubling down on its horrible decision by pandering even more to the vagrants that are tainting its property. Instead of taking out the trash, so to speak, Starbucks has decided to give that trash a home – all in the name of tolerance and acceptance, of course.
"I think the bathroom policy has definitely changed the store's environment," revealed on Starbucks manager at a Southern California location to Business Insider about Starbucks' "open borders" policy. "It's great that Starbucks wants to try and include everyone, but that means that they include absolutely everyone."
This same manager added that his employees have actually had to shut down the location he manages on several occasions after finding drugs, needles, and even blood inside the store. In one instance, a worker cleaning the restroom was pricked by a used needle, potentially exposing this individual to disease.
According to Starbucks representative Reggie Borges, employees are always permitted "to remove themselves" from any situation that they deem dangerous and "alert their manager." He added in a statement that Starbucks is "constantly evaluating our processes and listening to partner feedback of ways we can be better."
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