Starbucks has said anyone can enter one of its 8,000 cafes in the USA without buying anything. All staff must treat everyone in the cafe as a customer. Starbucks said anyone who entered a cafe, including restrooms, was a customer. People can now use Starbucks to sit down, relax and use the Internet.
The new rule will make things easier for staff. In April, staff told customers to leave a cafe or to not use the bathroom. Two black men were arrested for waiting for a friend. A week later, a black man was told he could not use the bathroom. Starbucks said its cafes weren't public bathrooms, but the new rule was good.