REPORT: Seattle Starbucks Employees Forced to Clean-up ‘Used Hypodermic Needles’

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Starbucks baristas in Seattle are forced to do more than make coffee and tea as part of their daily duties, with workers revealing they “have to dispose” of used hypodermic needles left behind by drug users in the coffee retailer’s bathrooms.

According to Fox News, “Three employees at the North Seattle-area Starbucks revealed to KIRO that they had been forced to take anti-viral medications after being poked by the needles while working.”

“[Needle users] put them in the tampon disposal boxes in the bathrooms and we have to dig them out,” said one employee.

“I’m pretty sure it looks worse to have your baristas continuously exposed to HIV and hep C and hep B,” she added.

Store employees are urging Starbucks to install locked syringe receptacles in bathrooms throughout the region; making it easier to dispose of the biohazard material.

“These societal issues affect us all and can sometimes place our partners (employees) in scary situations, which is why we have protocols and resources in place to ensure our partners are out of harm’s way,” said a Starbucks spokesperson.

Read the full report at Fox News.

It’s almost like a failure of spending government resources on combatting drug addiction is leading to a spillover into the private sphere or something.

Exactly. Trying to politicize the opioid crisis is beyond appalling. Its a crisis that affects people of all political persuasions in blue and red areas.