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Megyn Kelly slams Starbucks for its new open bathroom policy

By Business Insider

Sorbis/Shutterstock.com Megyn Kelly criticized Starbucks' decision to open its bathrooms to all people. "Do you really want to deal with a mass of homeless people or whoever is in there — could beRead full story

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  • Completely understand not wanting to open the restrooms to homeless people or drug users. But where’s the balance with human kindness? Maybe if someone has been inside for 20 minutes with no decent answer then Starbucks can open the door? Then have a list of local clinics or shelters available to steer people in need in the right direction? I don’t know, but maybe we should keep brainstorming solutions in stead of pointing out problems.

  • I agree, Patricia. One often can't tell. And even if one can all it means when someone is homeless is that they don't have a permanent residence - it does nothing to detract from their humanity or their inherent worth.

    I am not a Christian but my Gram was - Irish Catholic, like Megyn.

    When my Gram was alive, and starting when I was quite young, she would quote Jesus from the book of Matthew, “What you have done to the least, you do to me,” That had a big impact on me. I’ve come to realize that

    I agree, Patricia. One often can't tell. And even if one can all it means when someone is homeless is that they don't have a permanent residence - it does nothing to detract from their humanity or their inherent worth.

    I am not a Christian but my Gram was - Irish Catholic, like Megyn.

    When my Gram was alive, and starting when I was quite young, she would quote Jesus from the book of Matthew, “What you have done to the least, you do to me,” That had a big impact on me. I’ve come to realize that we all have a different “least” and have been struck by the profound compassion and depth of that lesson from Jesus.

    I think Megyn should meditate on that passage. And remember the Caritas of her Savior.

  • The reality is that most people would be hard pressed to identify a person or family who has a home from those who do not. You would be very hard pressed to identify someone with a substance use disorder from one who does not. What does a homeless person or a person with a substance disorder look like?

  • Having a washroom that is open to the public should be a condition precedent to getting a food and beverage license. Period.

  • Having the bathrooms open to everybody didnt need to be publicly announced... If someone really needs a bathroom for emergency the staff just need to kindly offer to use for free, and this just needed to be included in Their policy that’s it.. Making this bathroom thing a way bigger deal??

  • If Starbucks didn’t want a open door policy, maybe they should’ve never opened up the stores. Each person has a right to come in and use the bathroom but as we see a lot of the establishment say out of order or for customers only. That’s just so wrong. What happen if you get sick and you have to use the bathroom or you have a child that can’t hold it for very long. When is enough going to be enough. Changes need to been NOW.

  • Geez Megyn—your elite status is showing, and it’s ugly! Poor thing, you just can’t relate to someone who lacks even the basic necessities of life. And take note, my dear, they are human beings experiencing homelessness; stop taking the human factor out of this referring to them as a thing!

  • Oh my, a rich person known for viciously protecting their status-quo is shaming homeless people for having bowels? Par for course; America has always had a problem with helping the homeless, and accepting that not everyone can participate in “the American dream”. It’s a horribly sad incident to be rendered this unaware of your self, and then to look at all you have and think only to take what little others have.

  • No matter what people have an implicit bias and by having a uniform policy that bias is eliminated. I think Starbucks is progressive in their movement and I hope other industries and companies will follow suit. No one should be shocked by Megyn Kelly’s comments as this seems pretty status quo with her personality. I loved Jenna Bush’s push back- no this is not a solution and it has never been about a solution, it’s about being welcoming and compassionate.

  • I don’t see the issue of using a bathroom the real problem. It’s more so what takes place afterwards.

  • she should go spend some time with roseanne barr and aaron shlossberg (the racist rant guy) and think about how they could actually contribute something meaningful to our world

  • Although people are saying they will migrate away from Starbucks for hangouts and co-working, there aren’t many alternatives. Plus, it’s great to get a good cup of joe with fast Internet. ☕️

  • Megyn, Megyn, Megyn, you hypocrite. Do you ever shut up about life's inequities, unless it includes #metoo? Why is this person still on the air? Seriously, the only thing she ever achieved was that she asked the (vaguely) difficult questions during the presidential debates.

  • Starbucks said that anyone can use their bathrooms. They didn't say sleep in, panhandle, eat in, put on makeup, talk about your jerk boyfriend, style your hair etc. What is the bathroom for?

  • Whenever it comes to decisions like this I like to think in terms of: “ on my way towards my goal” did I act in such a way that I deserve to obtain it?

  • They should have a hole that opens up in the ceiling, and an ejection seat on the toilet... if someone is in there for more than five minutes boioioioing out to the alley.

  • so a lot of people on here think that if i want to open up a Starbucks, then i should have to have a public restroom for whomever? i mean say that out loud. hear that craziness? sure we have to be compassionate, but to mandate me to open my business to whomever decides to stroll in and loiter and crap on the floor...I'm sorry it seems insane to me to force that on someone's business. why is it their burden?? i know i showed up a little late to this conversation

  • Really?

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