Starbucks Denies Report Saying It Plans to Close Public Restrooms
A source had said the coffee chain is sick of being "the public bathroom in the city", but Starbucks denies they'll shutter bathrooms.
A source says that the coffee giant plans to turn their public restrooms into employees-only rooms.
Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011 Updated at 3:31 PM EDT
A report claims Starbucks plans to close public restrooms in stores around the city, but the coffee chain says it isn't true.
The New York Post reported
Wednesday morning that the chains planned to restrict access to restrooms, allowing only employees to use them.
"Starbucks cannot be the public bathroom to the city anymore," a source familiar with the situation told the Post, adding that the new closed-door policy on bathrooms stems from employees having to wait in lines when they take a break. Some employees also say they have to repair broken toilets two to three times per week, which is expensive.
But Starbucks tweeted
Wednesday afternoon that the story was false, saying "hey, we're not closing public bathrooms at all, that's not true" and "we're definitely not closing bathrooms for customers or the general public, to clear that up."
The newspaper found locations around the city, including one near Times Square and another near Lincoln Center, that had already closed or limited their restrooms. The paper said this was part of the company's larger plan.
Food establishments with more than 19 seats are legally required by the city to have a public restroom. The paper pointed out that most Starbucks have fewer than 20 seats.