Starbucks announces new policy after Philadelphia incident; no purchase needed to sit in its cafes, use restrooms

New York: Starbucks is announcing a new policy that allows anyone to sit in its cafes or use its restrooms, even if they don't buy anything.

 Starbucks announces new policy after Philadelphia incident; no purchase needed to sit in its cafes, use restrooms

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The new policy comes five weeks after two black men who hadn't bought anything were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks.

Company executives have said its previous policies were loose and ambiguous, leaving decisions on whether people could sit in its stores or use the restroom up to store managers.

Starbucks said on Saturday that it has told workers to consider anyone who walks into its stores a customer, "regardless of whether they make a purchase."

The company said anyone can use its cafes, patios or restrooms without buying anything, but it noted workers should still call the police if someone is a safety threat.

Updated Date: May 20, 2018 09:26:05 IST