Starbucks announced a new policy over the weekend to let its employees know that anyone may sit in its cafes, even if they don’t buy anything.
“We want our stores to be the third place, a warm and welcoming environment where customers can gather and connect,” according to the new policy, which was posted on the Starbucks website. “Any customer is welcome to use Starbucks spaces, including our restrooms, cafes and patios, regardless of whether they make a purchase.”
The new policy comes a month after two black men were arrested for trespassing after using a Starbucks bathroom in Philadelphia. When a worker called police, the two men were arrested, and the pair spent hours in jail before ultimately being released.