Starbucks lovers, be prepared to have less locations to buy your coffee from.
The famed coffee shop is permanently closing 16 storefronts across the US, as first reported by The Wall Street Journal.
The 16 stores have until the end of the month to serve up coffee, tea, snacks and iced beverages before officially closing down.
16 Starbucks Stores Are Permanently Closing
Stores in Los Angeles, CA., Portland, OR. and Washington, DC. will close up shop due to “challenging incidents.”
It just so happens that these “challenging incidents” have made the work environment for staff workers and customers highly unsafe.
Challenging Incidents Led To The Closures
“After careful consideration, we are closing some stores in locations that have experienced a high volume of challenging incidents that make it unsafe to continue to operate, to open new locations with safer conditions,” a Starbucks spokesperson told Insider.
Workers have reported incidents that involve members of the public and customers using drugs in the store locations.
Staff members were made aware of the closures on July 11.
The VPs of US Operations at Starbucks said the closures are to make conditions safer for customers and employees.
Starbucks gives local leaders the authority to close bathrooms, reduce seating, and take other measures to keep conditions safe for employees.
Drug Use In Bathrooms Was Becoming A Major Issue
“We look forward to continuing to serve these local communities and encourage our customers to visit us at our other stores in these areas, which can be found on the Starbucks App or Starbucks Store Locator,” the spokesperson continued.
Per Insider here is the complete list of Starbucks store closures:
- Santa Monica & Westmount, West Hollywood, California
- Hollywood & Western, Los Angeles, California
- 1st & Los Angeles (Doubletree), Los Angeles, California
- Hollywood & Vine, Hollywood, California
- Ocean Front Walk & Moss, Santa Monica, California
- 2nd & San Pedro, Los Angeles, California
- 10th & Chestnut, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- 4th & Morrison, Portland, Oregon
- Gateway, Portland, Oregon
- 23rd & Jackson, Seattle, Washington
- Roosevelt Square, Seattle, Washington
- E. Olive Way, Seattle, Washington
- 505 Union Stn, Seattle, Washington
- Westlake Center, Seattle, Washington
- Hwy 99 & Airport Rd, Everett, Washington
- Union Station Train Concourse, Washington, DC
In other wild chain-food stores, a woman at a Tennessee McDonald’s nearly died after picking up a stray dollar from the bathroom floor.
The Blast recently reported that a Kentucky woman named Renee Parsons was recently driving through Bellevue, TN. when she and her family stopped at a McDonald’s location to use the restroom.
She had her three-month-old child in her arms when she discovered a stray dollar bill on the bathroom floor.
Parsons says when she picked it up, her body immediately went into shock and she couldn’t breathe.
“She looked like she was dying. She certainly was unconscious and very pale,” her husband Justin told WKRN 2 News.
Parsons recalls not being able to breath and her body going numb.
“I couldn’t even breathe. It’s almost like a burning sensation, if you will, that starts here at your shoulders, and then it just goes down because it’s almost like it’s numbing your entire body,” she said. “I grabbed my husband’s arm with the same hand that I had the money in and said, ‘Justin please help me, it won’t stop it’s getting worse.’”
Her husband rushed to the nearest hospital where she stayed for about four hours. They discharged her with an accidental overdose.
Parsons claims the dollar bill was covered with fentanyl or something close to it; however, the toxicology report doesn’t test for synthetic drugs.