The coffee giant Starbucks is now having to install designated boxes for safe disposal of syringes in bathrooms, after employees raised concern about having to handle discarded needles, according to Fox News.
Starbucks workers reported finding blood and needles in bathrooms, as well as being pricked by the improperly discarded needles, thereby risking exposure to HIV, hepatitis B/C, and other bloodborne illnesses.
Workers took to Coworker.org to pen the petition, which 3,700 employees had signed by Wednesday evening, 300 shy of its 4,000 person goal.
In the petition, workers urged corporate to place needle deposit boxes in Starbucks bathrooms, citing the “heroin” and hepatitis C “crisis” as well as the risks involved with unsafely discarded hypodermic needles.
“Exposure to HIV/AIDS, Hep C, Hep B, etc. is a risk in Seattle where there is a heroin/hep c crisis,” the petition claimed. “Employees risk getting poked, and DO get poked, even when following ‘protocol’ of using gloves and tongs to dispose of used needles left in bathrooms, tampon disposal boxes, and diaper changing stations.”
The petition went on to report that along with the risk of being poked with needles, “Employees have to pay out-of-pocket for [treatment if poked] before being reimbursed until Starbucks’s company insurance kicks in.”
Baristas at Starbucks stores in Seattle, the coffee chain’s hometown, have reported they have to dispose of hypodermic needles left behind by drug users every day.
“[Needle users] put them in the tampon disposal boxes in the bathrooms and we have to dig them out,” one barista claimed. More
So, now in addition to allowing non paying customers to hang out at Starbucks, they are going to give them Safe Spaces to shoot up heroin and disposal boxes to put their used needles. This is what happens when you invite druggies to Starbuck’s.
I am glad the employees are starting to fight back. Now, we just need to wait for the lawsuits from people who were infected by a needle.