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An independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit that advocates for accessible, sanitary public restrooms urged Starbucks on World Toilet Day last week to keep its bathrooms open for everyone, including non-customers.
The American Restroom Association (ARA) is campaigning to "let the people go!'' after Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz floated the idea in June of banning people who don't purchase anything from store facilities, according to The Guardian.
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ARA, whose website cites its goal as "nothing less than a full-scale toilet transformation in this country," urged the coffee chain against recent rhetoric from Schultz, who told The New York Times in June that the company might rethink its open-door bathroom policy, explaining how it is "an issue of just safety."
"We have to harden our stores and provide safety for our people," Schultz said.
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