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May 29, 2018

#Woke Starbucks Closes for One Day To Undo All the Unconscious Bias Its Employees Have With a Single Seminar

From John Sexton at Hot Air: who knew you could eliminate unconscious bias with just a couple of speeches?

Sexton makes a very dangerous point, as far as Starbucks' business goes: It's not just that the homeless and junkies will use Starbucks' toilets now without fear of getting kicked out.

It's that Starbucks employees already have to throw out heroin needles they find on the bathroom floors, and now that this policy is in practice, they'll have to throw out even more.

One employee talked about being pricked with a needle he didn't talk about when he threw out the trash.

Now, obviously, this is bad for Starbucks' employees.

But I imagine customers' aren't going to love hearing stories like this either.

Now, Starbucks has already attempted to "clarify" its new policy, stating that drug use or sleeping on the premises wouldn't be permitted.

The Seattle-based retailer on Saturday had said it would allow all guests in its U.S. company-owned stores to use its cafes, including its restrooms, whether or not they make a purchase. That announcement, which attracted some support, also drew complaints that cafes wouldn't have enough seats for paying customers and would turn into homeless shelters and drug havens.

On Monday, Starbucks revealed more about the policy, telling The Wall Street Journal that employees now have detailed instructions on what to do if someone is behaving in a disruptive manner, such as smoking, using drugs or alcohol, using restrooms improperly or sleeping.

At issue, in essence, is whether Starbucks views itself as a business that caters to customers, or a quasi-public place generally welcome to all.

But no one openly shoots heroin or walks around with the needle out. They wait until they're alone in the bathroom.

Announcing that you'll let anyone use your bathrooms or chairs so long as they aren't sleeping or openly brandishing drug needles is surely a magnet for junkies.

Believe it or not, this isn't even the #Wokest story of the day about a shop.

A Portland, Ore., bakery caved to a disgruntled customer's allegations of racism and fired two employees after they wouldn’t serve a customer because the shop was closed.

Back to Eden Bakery sent multiple apologies and public statements admitting it’s racist because it refused to serve a black woman who entered the shop after hours and asked to buy a pastry even though the shop had closed.

The incident occurred in early May and is now circulating in the news, garnering a strong public response on Facebook and social media. A woman named only as "Lillian" entered the bakery at 9:06 p.m. after the shop had already closed, according to the bakeshop’s Facebook post about the event. Confusion arose because the shop was unusually busy for the late hour and there were still a few customers in line who the shop agreed to serve but who'd been informed the shop was officially closed. The lighted "Open" sign had been turned off.

After the bakeshop employees informed Lillian that they were officially closed and they could serve no more customers, Lillian video recorded the experience and claimed the bakery was racist because it served the two white women who had arrived at the shop earlier, but refused to serve her.


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