Starbucks shutters 16 stores in major US cities over surge in crimes

Starbucks is closing 16 of its stores nationwide, including one in Washington, D.C
., after store managers reported an increase in drug use
among customers in major cities across the United States.

Six of the stores will be closed in Los Angeles, six in the coffee giant’s hometown of Seattle
, two in Portland, Oregon, one in Washington, D.C., and one in Philadelphia by the end of the month. The employees of the affected stores will be reassigned to other stores in the area.

Although the company is only closing 16 out of its nearly 9,000 stores nationwide, the closures come as employees report feeling unsafe in the stores because employees say they are witnessing an increase in drug use, thefts, and assaults, Read more…

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