Starbucks Raises Prices After Opening Tables, Bathrooms to Non-Customers

Starbucks boosted coffee prices across most U.S. locations this week, just days after opening its shops and bathrooms to non-paying guests. On Tuesday, customers of the coffee giant saw the price of a 12-ounce cup of java jump from $1.95 to $2.15, while some locations raised coffee prices by ten cents. “This price adjustment was not related to last week’s store closures and trainings,” a spokesperson for Starbucks claimed. Starbucks closed 8,000 of its company-owned locations in the U.S. on May 29 to put its baristas through “racial bias training.” Starbucks adopted an open bathroom policy, dropping a requirement for customers to buy before they use the facilities, following the arrest of two black men that turned into a public relations nightmare for the coffee chain.

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