Fox Business panel fearmongers about Starbucks changing its bathroom policy
Stuart Varney: "This is the company which vigorously encouraged social policy, 'come on in, talk about race, talk about this, talk about that.' Well, there's a downside to that"
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From the May 22 edition of Fox Business' Varney & Co.:
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STUART VARNEY (HOST): Starbucks, well, they say you don't have to buy something to use their bathrooms. Some, though, are wondering if that's a good idea. What's the problem?
ASHLEY WEBSTER (FOX BUSINESS): Yeah, social media's just lit up over this issue. And we talked about it yesterday, the Starbucks in Times Square, the bathroom there should be declared a superfund site. It is just absolutely disgusting, and the fear is, especially in urban areas with a large number of the homeless population and the mentally ill, that these will become drop-in centers for everybody. Not only threatening the safety of employees, but customers as well and, ultimately, will force customers to go elsewhere. Because, if you're not going to have any rules in place, it is going to become, some fear, a place where drug activity and everything else will be very common.
VARNEY: You got an opinion, Liz?
ELIZABETH MACDONALD (FOX BUSINESS): Well, a police officer was assaulted in a Starbucks, just one story that we heard in Midtown here in New York City, so it's a law enforcement issue as well.
MICHAEL MURPHY (ROSECLIFF CAPITAL): And, Ash, to clarify, they did expand on the statement. No drug use and no sleeping in the Starbucks'. You can go there, you can use the bathrooms, you can't do drugs.
VARNEY: They're hoist on their own petard.
WEBSTER: Exactly, exactly.
VARNEY: This is the company which vigorously encouraged social policy, "come on in, talk about race, talk about this, talk about that." Well, there's a downside to that.