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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Starbucks goes down the toilet

The road to perdition is lit by virtue signals. Starbucks is traveling down that road. The journey began last April when Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson decided to squat in a Starbucks restroom in Philadelphia without buying squat.

Employees called the police on them for trespassing.

But the media portrayed this as racism. The men got on "Good Morning America." Embarrassed, Starbucks management gave them an apology and pledged $200,000 to a tax-exempt program to help young entrepreneurs.

Then Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz got out his virtue signalling spotlight. From now on, anyone could use a Starbucks restroom regardless of whether they were customers.

He said, "We don't want to become a public bathroom, but we're going to make the right decision 100% of the time and give people the key, because we don't want anyone at Starbucks to feel as if we are not giving access to you to the bathroom because you are less than; we want you to be more than."

Less than? More than?

Here is a lesson, moron.

Business Insider reported, "Starbucks is installing boxes for safe disposal of syringes in the bathrooms of certain locations, following workers' reports of discarded needles and sometimes concerning conditions.

"The coffee giant is exploring possible remedies after employees expressed fears about being pricked by uncapped needles and experiencing related health risks. Starbucks is testing solutions including installing sharps-disposal boxes, utilizing heavier-duty trash bags to prevent needle pokes, and removing trash cans from certain bathrooms."

So all the junkies are using the clean, warm Starbucks restrooms to shoot up.

The dirty needles are a hazard to the health of the employees.

Starbucks representative Reggie Borges told Business Insider, "These societal issues affect us all and can sometimes place our partners (employees) in scary situations, which is why we have protocols and resources in place to ensure our partners are out of harm's way."

This is not a societal issue. This is a business boner. Schultz put the lives of employees and paying customers at risk so he would not appear to be racist because two men in Philadelphia were arrested for trespassing.

Go to Starbucks?

Not me. I am not putting my health at risk.


  1. It would be interesting to see the if the sales at those certain locations has plummeted after their work decision.

    And removing trash cans from rest rooms sounds like another disaster waiting to happen.

  2. Starbucks' single-user, lockable bathrooms are everything a junkie could ask for.

    They've turned themselves into neighborhood drug injection centers.

    It's mind-boggling that senior management is willing to expose customers and employees to the HIV, hepatitis, and infectious bugs from A to Z that homeless junkies carry.

    Hoping that junkies will clean up after themselves is a joke. They no longer observe the social compact. They simply don't give a f**k.

    1. Right you are, and more.

      Reminds me of a volunteer financial literacy gig I did at H.D. Woodson HS back in like 2012. Had to piss at one point and entered the Boys Room. Easily 6-8” of used paper towels on the floor around the trash can. Staff didn’t care, kids didn’t care, no one cared. Howard, this policy is not about caring, it’s about enabling. A swift kick to someone’s ass is sometimes the highest form of caring.

  3. Love Don's writing--
    "Here's a "less"-on,"mor"-on."
    Ha ha!

    1. Thanks! I had missed that one..

  4. While I hope that no employees or innocent customers get pricked, literally, by any infected needle, I wouldn't bet $1 million it won't happen.

    I think Starbucks is -- since I'd guess any victim of this policy would have a good suit against Starbucks for such gross endangerment.

    Actually, most "victims" are real victims, of other victims -- of others who were victims in the past. This victimization by victims will continue to increase until "being a victim" is no longer an excuse for victimizing somebody else.

    1. Employees would not have a claim. Workers' compensation laws would limit the recovery of the employee to the workers' comp remedy.

      Customers are a different story, but the problem seems to be employees cleaning the bathroom and emptying the trash receptacles getting pricked by needles.

  5. Much of what ails our society is fear of being called names like "racist" and "Nazi" or "fascist", and this fear enables people to control the behavior and reactions of others to the point that they engage in self destructive or counterproductive activities, which simply encourages those who do use this fear to their advantage to go even further. A bit of a "fuck you" attitude would go a long way to stopping this. A figurative slap in the face would have been a better response from the Starcucks CEO.

  6. From the Office of Jackie Chiles, Attorney at Law

    Attention: Chinese bums

    If you are willing to stage a fake racial incident at a Beijing Starbucks (must provide your own race-hustler videographer), I can get you a huge settlement. Howard will give you a seat on the Board, company stock and put you through Harvard Business School so that someday, you can open your own business and keep bums out of your own executive washroom!

    Sincerely, Jackie Chiles, Esq.

    ps: Also free coffee for life! No tiger balm users, please.

    1. You used a balm? Who told you to use a balm!

  7. How can you be sure you're drinking authentic Starbucks Coffee?

    Just look for the homeless guy on the label.

  8. I travel a lot - avoid Starbucks at any cost. I'd rather go through caffeine withdraws at my flight gate facing the wall than drink Starbucks coffee while bieng forced to watch CNN.

  9. The coffee is awful but perhaps worth going into the store if you want to get a WIFI connection. Do I have to buy anything if I do that?

    1. Of course not. Free to all is free to all.

  10. Why do Starbucks' employees want to be called partners?

  11. Starbucks sells tea. Many tea drinkers like lemon in their tea. Starbucks does not provide (or didn't, the last time I went into one, which was about 20 years ago) lemon, not in those single serving packets, or even a big bottle of ReaLemon. I wrote a letter to their board about it so they sent an apologetic letter pledging to make all their customers happy. Maybe they enclosed a coupon, I don't remember it though. Maybe they now provide lemon juice. But if they don't, maybe they will give me $100,000 towards my tax-exempt lemon juice junkie recovery program for the mental distress they cause me?--

  12. Starbucks will have to train their "associates" in proper SHARPS disposal now.

  13. Makes one wonder as well as to what other infectious diseases you might contract even if all you get is coffee........

    If the employee is infected what safeguards are in place by Starbucks to prevent that employee from infecting others.....including customers......

  14. I haven't patronized Starbucks in months and have no plans to ever again.