No purchase needed to sit in Starbucks cafes

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has announced that anyone can enter one of Starbucks' 8,000 cafes in the USA without buying anything. Starbucks staff must treat everyone in the cafe as a customer. Mr Schultz said: "Any person who enters our spaces, including…restrooms, regardless of whether they make a purchase, is considered a customer." People can now use Starbucks to sit down, relax and use the Internet.

The new rule will make life easier for cafe managers. In April, managers told customers to leave a cafe or to not use the bathroom. Two black men were arrested in handcuffs for waiting for a friend. A week later, a black man was told he could not use the bathroom. He put a video online of a white man using the same bathroom without buying anything. Schultz said he didn't want to make Starbucks a public bathroom, but the new policy was good.