Lively and in-depth discussions of city news, politics, science, entertainment, the arts, and more.
Hosted by Larry Mantle
Airs Weekdays 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Starbucks invites you to hang out at its stores without having to buy anything. What can possibly go wrong?




A Starbucks snapshot taken on the Upper West Side in New York City.
A Starbucks snapshot taken on the Upper West Side in New York City.
Ed Yourdon/Flickr

Listen to story

13:45
Download this story 6.0MB

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.

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 Saturday 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.

What do you think of this new policy? Call us at 866.893.8722 to weigh in.

With files from the Associated Press