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To: Starbucks

Stop Starbucks Happy Hour due to COVID-19

Victory! Starbucks has announced that they will not be holding Happy Hour for December 17th and January 7th! Let's continue to use our voices to make sure all partner voices are heard. Thank you to everyone who has signed and shared this petition so far and please continue to share with others!

https://www.businessinsider.com/starbucks-cancels-happy-hour-deal-due-to-crowd-concerns-2020-12

Stop Starbucks Happy Hour due to COVID-19

Postpone all Happy Hours in all US retail locations for the remainder of 2020 as we are still facing the dangers and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why is this important?

Starbucks Happy Hours have become a well-known promotional event in the past few years for the company. Every few weeks from 2p-7p, customers can treat themselves with various offers that typically include getting a free drink or a drink at a discounted price. While these help boost store sales, they also put customers and Starbucks employees (partners) in danger during the COVID-19 pandemic. Starbucks relaunched Happy Hour on June 18th of this year when COVID-19 cases are beginning to increase again across the country.

As a fellow barista who worked Happy Hour on June 18th, I encountered hundreds of customers in the Drive-Thru and inside of our cafe who were not wearing masks, not social distancing, and going in and out of our restrooms constantly. With recent labor cuts due to the COVID-19 crisis, we as baristas don’t have the opportunity to wash our hands frequently or sanitize the cafe during these few hours of extreme business influx. In many stores, cafe’s went hours without being sanitized due to the high volume of customers and low levels of staffing. Furthermore, Happy Hour is now being implemented again while hazard pay for all Starbucks partners has ended, even though the risk of contracting COVID-19 has not gone away and has even increased.

We love our customers and communities but a global pandemic is not the time to be driving hundreds of extra customers to Starbucks stores to drive up profit and put your own customers and partners at risk. We as Starbucks partners insist that Happy Hour be cancelled for the remainder of 2020 across all US Starbucks locations and potentially delayed even longer into 2021 depending on the state of the pandemic within the U.S. Other promotional offers can be provided to Starbucks customers without the need to drive a huge amount of customers into stores at one specific time.

Right now, partner and customer safety needs to be the top priority, not BOGO Frappuccino's and caramel macchiatos.


Reasons for signing

  • Happy Hour is great, but our lives and health is more important. Covid is still here. We still want to be here as well, so we need to put our lives first and not coffee. As much as I love my job, my family comes first. We can resume H.H., but when it's safe to say when Covid decides to go away.
  • Covid is still a thing and I need not have my lobby full of people. Thanks.
  • Starbucks is being reckless and irresponsible for allowing BOGOs during a global contagious pandemic. Profits over safety.

Updates

2020-12-16 14:52:21 -0500

Petition is successful with 5,475 signatures

2020-12-15 20:26:49 -0500

Victory! Starbucks has announced that they will not be holding Happy Hour for December 17th and January 7th! Let's continue to use our voices to make sure all partner voices are heard. Thank you to everyone who has signed and shared this petition so far and please continue to share with others!

https://www.businessinsider.com/starbucks-cancels-happy-hour-deal-due-to-crowd-concerns-2020-12

2020-11-12 22:10:24 -0500

5,000 signatures reached

2020-07-09 11:49:40 -0400

1,000 signatures reached

2020-06-23 21:42:10 -0400

500 signatures reached

2020-06-19 05:20:05 -0400

100 signatures reached

2020-06-19 02:22:31 -0400

50 signatures reached

2020-06-19 01:14:38 -0400

25 signatures reached

2020-06-19 00:49:10 -0400

10 signatures reached