Needle-Dispenser Boxes Are Coming To Starbucks' Bathrooms!
The next time you hit the bathroom at Starbucks you may see something a little unsettling, and we’re not talking pee on the seat. The coffee giant just announced they will start installing needle-disposal boxes in certain locations, which was a request from workers.
Apparently some workers have been finding blood and discarded needles and syringes in bathrooms, with more than 3,700 workers signing a petition asking for the boxes in certain high-risk bathrooms. The company sees the boxes as a way to protect workers from being exposed to hazardous health issues like HIV and hepatitis.
“These societal issues affect us all and can sometimes place our partners (employees) in scary situations," a spokesperson said. "Which is why we have protocols and resources in place to ensure our partners are out of harm’s way."
Although they didn’t reveal which specific Starbucks will be getting the boxes, they did say they will be put in bathrooms in markets based on foot traffic and other factors. The boxes will allow people to safely dispose of their needles and syringes instead of just putting the in the trash.