Starbucks chairman opens up about the company’s race failures – and says its bathrooms are now open to all


Howard Schultz said the company would now open its bathrooms to everyone, regardless of whether a purchase has been made, following the arrest of two African American men who had asked to use the bathroom at a downtown Philadelphia coffee shop.

Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz said Thursday that the company would now open its bathrooms to everyone, regardless of whether a purchase has been made, following the arrest of two African-American men who had asked to use the bathroom at a downtown Philadelphia coffee shop.

Schultz, speaking at the Atlantic Council in Washington hours before he was slated to receive a business leadership award, said the company is changing its policy after weeks of controversy because it wants everyone — customer or not — to feel welcome at Starbucks.

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