Edit: I edited the title since I had been thinking more about travelers in a moment of need. I recognize that this policy is going to wreak havoc in many Starbucks with people trashing the bathrooms and I hope there is a way to make a balance. Maybe like a $1 charge for the bathroom? The problem with placing an order first is if you have to go, you don’t want to wait in a line 13 people deep!
Last month, there was the bad situation in a Philadelphia Starbucks where two men were arrested for trespassing after being told that the bathrooms were only for paying customers and they had sat down. Starbucks has been working since then to repair that image and the most recent step is good news for all travelers!
Good News for Travelers Big Cities: Starbucks Bathrooms Open for Non-Customers
The chairman of Starbucks announced yesterday that Starbucks bathrooms are now open for anyone who needs them, regardless of whether they are a customer or not.
I know, this may seem like a strange post for a travel blog but if you have ever visited big cities like New York City, you know how difficult it can often be to find a bathroom! Most places in large cities (and even many medium cities) require you to be a customer in order to have access to the bathroom.
That policy works for the restaurant’s bottomline as I have bought things in those places before that I really didn’t want just because I had to use the bathroom so badly!
So, consider this more of a PSA the next time you frequent a big city or you need to relieve yourself and there are no public bathrooms in sight – all Starbucks bathrooms are available for non-customers as well. Since there are Starbucks on pretty much every other block in New York City, this is certainly good news!
I don’t mind buying a water at a place to use the bathroom, but when a water costs around $2, that is quite a price to use a bathroom! So, thank you, Starbucks!
Featured image courtesy of Starbucks