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NYC Astor Place and Lafayette Street Woke NoHo Starbucks, company culture

NYC Astor Place and Lafayette Street Woke NoHo Starbucks, company culture
Customers are upset about how sketchy a NoHo Starbucks is.

Woke Starbucks in New York City is now a safe place for drug addicts, drunks, and homeless people.

A Starbucks in NoHo has to deal with more than just a steady stream of people who need their caffeine fix.

The Post saw that the café at the corner of Astor Place and Lafayette Street is often filled with drug users, people with mental problems, and homeless people who want to take a nap.

"Starbucks got too woke too fast," said java joint regular Konstantin Dobryakov. "Now some customers are afraid to come in because a lot of homeless people are sleeping there. People had to be ready to be kicked out, and they couldn't just give everyone a free cup of coffee. If you give them a finger, they'll want your whole hand."

The Post saw homeless people sleeping, washing their hair in a public sink, and being taken to the hospital from the newly unionized Starbucks this past week. Among the surprising things:

Customers have said that the storefront smells bad and that the seats are too crowded.
Customers have said that the storefront smells bad and that the seats are too crowded.
  • A man brought in his own box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, a carton of milk, and some Entenmann's mini crumb cakes before passing out face down on a table. After that, he rolled spliffs while customers tried to drink their lattes and Frappuccinos nearby.
  • For 30 minutes, a man in a black trench coat who was mentally ill talked to himself and yelled obscenities at the mirror near the bathrooms. One customer told an employee behind the counter, "There's a guy over by the bathrooms who is making people feel really uncomfortable." He was eventually taken away by two police officers, one of whom was carrying a riot shield.
  • There is also a bad smell and a lot of trash at the place. The indoor patio is full of newspapers, food wrappers, and empty coffee cups. A Nextdoor user said, "Nothing like the smell of BO and urine with your morning coffee," in response to a photo of sleeping squatters lying in a booth surrounded by trash, tote bags, and luggage.
  • On Friday, emergency medical technicians were called to help a man who had passed out on the stairs and was blocking an exit. He woke up and, with the help of the paramedics, got into the ambulance.
Someone who seems to be homeless sleeps in the Astor Place Starbucks.
Someone who seems to be homeless sleeps in the Astor Place Starbucks.
The Post saw people nodding off, washing their hair in a public sink, and being taken to the hospital from the scene.
The Post saw people nodding off, washing their hair in a public sink, and being taken to the hospital from the scene.

Once Manhattan's biggest Starbucks, the 23,000-square-foot Starbucks Reserve and Roastery in Chelsea is now bigger. Dave, a homeless man from Boston who is 28 years old, said that homeless people go to the Astor Place Starbucks.

"They have nice couches and places to charge your phone," he said. "Nobody really wants to touch you since those black guys were arrested at one in Philadelphia a few years ago. Employees might come over and ask people who are sleeping to wake up and move on in a very quiet voice, but those people would just go back to sleep. The police will only come if someone poses a threat."

Critics say that Starbucks is to blame because they made their bathrooms public and even put syringe disposal boxes in some of them. This gave homeless people, drunks, and people who sell drugs a place to hang out.

A neighbor said, "The police will only come if someone is dangerous."
A neighbor said, "The police will only come if someone is dangerous."

Kevin Williamson, a political commentator, said, "They let anyone use their bathrooms, which sounds like a good idea, but in a country where public spaces are used as homeless shelters and mental health wards, that guarantees that people will be shooting up heroin in the bathrooms and moving in halfway."

This summer, the java giant has been hit very hard.

Starbucks recently said that it would close 16 profitable stores, two of which are unionized, in Seattle, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Portland, Oregon, because of safety concerns, violent crime, and widespread drug use in and around the shops.

Another homeless person who was sleeping outside the store was given medical care by the FDNY.
Another homeless person who was sleeping outside the store was given medical care by the FDNY.

"I was surprised to learn that one of our retail partners' biggest worries is their own safety. "Then we heard the stories about what goes on in our bathrooms," CEO Howard Schultz said at an internal meeting in July, which was first reported by the Post Millennial. "We're dealing with things that the stores weren't made to handle. So, we're doing what our customers want and closing stores. This is only the start. "There will be a lot more."

A Starbucks spokesperson said that each store can change its hours or become "drive-thru only" to "do what they need to do to make the store safe."

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