A customer walks by a Starbucks Coffee store on June 10, 2020 in Corte Madera, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) WASHINGTON - After opening their bathrooms to the general public, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz reportedly said store restrooms may have to close again.CNN first reported on June 10 that Schultz said at a New York Times DealBook conference in Washington, D.C.
that the company may reverse its open bathroom policy due to a growing mental health problem for employees and patrons. The policy is making it a challenge for store associates to manage its stores, Schultz reportedly said."We have to harden our stores and provide safety for our people," Schultz told the New York Times. "I don’t know if we can keep our bathrooms open."FOX Television Stations has reached out to Starbucks for comment and clarification. RELATED: Starbucks opens bathrooms to all visitors after controversyThe coffee giant made their bathrooms available to the public in 2018 after two Black men waiting for their friend to arrive were denied use of a Starbuck’s restroom in Philadelphia.
A video circulated showing the two men being arrested by police, who were called by a Starbucks employee. Officials said police officers were told the men had asked to use the store's restroom but were denied because they hadn't bought anything and they refused to leave.