From the Washington Post:
Starbucks: You don’t have to buy coffee to sit in our cafes or use our restrooms
Starbucks is now allowing people to use its restrooms and sit in its cafes and patios even if they do not buy anything.
The coffee giant on Saturday announced its new policy, which says that customers, including those who did not make a purchase, can come to its cafes and stay — as long as they behave properly.
Of course, as I reported back in 2016
(Ambiance and Early Morning Coffee in the People's Republic of San Francisco), this policy appeared to be in effect in some San Francisco back then:
I rarely head into Howard Schultz joints but because of a very early morning conference call with a group in Switzerland, I didn't have time to grab my usual bacon and eggs breakfast at my favorite diner. So I headed into a Starbucks, which appeared to have turned into a sleepers' camp for the homeless.
Yes, this is what greets you at a Starbucks on Montgomery Street in San Francisco. Keep in mind, Montgomery Street is the heart of the financial center of SF. This is not some out of the way Starbucks in an edgy part of town: