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Starbucks Facing Changes, Union Drive, and a Hepatitis Outbreak


Starbucks is going through a lot these days. Its employees are pushing for a union. It is changing certain policies. A store in New Jersey is the center of an outbreak of hepatitis. And to top it all off, Starbucks no longer lets its customers fill up on mil n their own.

Yes! You did hear that right. You can no longer take care of putting the milk in your coffee all by yourself. Remember when there were stands that had all the different kinds of milk? Well no more. Remember when you could choose exactly how much milk to add to your coffee? Well, no more.

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Starbucks has decided to do away with this service all together and now the baristas add the milk to your coffee. People thought that this was related to the Coronavirus crisis. Maybe they made only a temporary change in the policy because of Covid, and not wanting countless different people handling the milk jars. But, alas, this was never the case. The new milk policy was coming Covid or no Covid and is probably meant to be a money saving move.

So, don’t forget! From now on if you just say room for milk you may not get any milk in your coffee. From now on you must specify that you want added milk and which kind of milk you want. Someday we will all be telling our grandchildren about how once upon a time you would get a Starbucks coffee, tell the barista room for milk, and then enjoy the pleasure of pouring the milk yourself.

Your grandkid will look up at you shocked and say “Are you kidding?!”

Another headache for Starbucks just happened. A Starbucks employee in New Jersey has tested positive for Hepatitis A.

On Wednesday, Nov. 17, the New Jersey Department of Health was notified that a patient tested positive for hepatitis A and that he worked at a Starbucks located in Gloucester Township. Members of the Food Surveillance Unit visited the store on Wednesday and conducted an inspection, which showed no evidence of food safety violations. Based on the ongoing investigation the store was closed for operation and was not reopened until all the employees were vaccinated.

“The county health department has been working closely with the patient and the staff at the Starbucks to address the situation,” Camden County Health Officer Paschal Nwako said in an official statement. “Our highest priority is ensuring everyone involved remains safe and healthy. The patient is not currently working, and close contacts have been identified. We encourage anyone who may believe they were exposed to get vaccinated against hepatitis A by calling the county health department or your primary care physician.”

Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter, even in microscopic amounts, from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by the feces or stool of an infected person.

Just what Starbucks needed to have happened just days before the Thanksgiving holiday. And as if that was not enough, Starbucks workers are organizing for unions.

The Starbucks workers said in a letter, “We are forming a union to bring out the best in all of us. We want the company to succeed and we want our work lives to be the best they can be.”



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