To: Starbucks

Protect Employees And Customers By Placing Needle Disposal Boxes In High-Risk Bathrooms

Put safe needle disposal boxes in the bathrooms of high-risk areas so that employees are protected/stop getting poked and exposed to HIV/AIDS, Hep C, Hep B, etc.

Why is this important?

Exposure to HIV/AIDS, Hep C, Hep B, etc. is a risk in Seattle where there is a heroin/hep c crisis. There is no vaccine for Hep C, and Starbucks refuses to comment when employees mention this risk. 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. It costs almost two thousand dollars just for one round of after-exposure shots, not including other tests, shots, medications, etc. Employees have to pay out-of-pocket for this before being reimbursed until Starbucks's company insurance kicks in. Many baristas cannot afford that, instead resorting to loans and credit cards. Employees who are pregnant or already immuno-compromised have an added risk if poked by a used needle. Employees also have to then use added protection with their sexual partners/spouses for six months minimum/risk exposing them, too. Starbucks makes various excuses from "it looks bad" to "drug users will just take the boxes off the walls and steal the needles." Employees cannot legally be forced to remove needles, but when they ask to call hazmat, they're told "hazmat cost comes from the individual store budget" (a veiled threat of even less staff coverage on an already short-staffed floor because no money to pay them if it is used for hazmat). Making coffee should not come with this kind of easily detoured risk.

How it will be delivered

We're in Seattle--We'll deliver it to HQ in person.


Reasons for signing

  • I work at a store in a major downtown city that has always had an issue with drug use in bathrooms. Since the new rule stemming from the April 2018 incident went into place, the number of needles in our trash and on our floors has increased. Fortunately, no one at my location has been harmed in the years I’ve been there, but as the months pass since we became nationwide public facilities, the bathroom conditions have been getting worse and worse.
  • Starbucks shares are trading close to a 52 week high, about $66.82 per share. SBUX Corporation is doing perfectly fine, and can easily afford to support employees with a Hep C vaccination program. The company has already created The Cup Fund to assist employees in FEMA zones, so why not in a health crisis like Seattle? Just do it for the health of your employees.
  • I work in Daly City and this is a reoccurring issue !!!


2018-11-15 08:13:40 -0500

1,000 signatures reached

2018-11-15 00:24:28 -0500

500 signatures reached

2018-11-14 07:13:57 -0500

100 signatures reached

2018-11-13 16:43:55 -0500

50 signatures reached

2018-11-11 14:16:29 -0500

25 signatures reached

2018-07-08 18:41:39 -0400

10 signatures reached