Saturday, November 8, 2014

Starbucks's New Dress Code Bans Engagement Rings -- What Do You Think?

This news isn’t as pleasant as the start of Pumpkin Spice Latte season, that’s for sure. In October, Starbucks officially implemented a new dress code policy for their employees that bans wearing engagement rings or other rings with stones “to meet federal food safety guidelines.”
The exact wording on their U.S. Retail Dress Code Guidelines states:
“There are food safety rules we have to live by. Here’s the fine print — wearing a ring is okay if it’s a plain band, no stones. Unfortunately, no watches, bracelets or wristbands are allowed. Simple necklaces can be worn under your clothes.”
So while the term “engagement ring” isn’t stated, it’s implied, since most engagement rings do have stones.
Starbucks also lifted its previous ban from tattoos — to an extent.
“We want customers to focus on you, not your body art. Tattoos are allowed, but not on your face or throat. Treat tattoos as you treat speech – you can’t swear, make hateful comments or lewd jokes in the workplace, neither can your tattoos.”
As you can guess, the new ring guideline was met with boycotting threats and pure outrage on social media for lots of reasons: engaged and married baristas attracting unwanted attention at work, religious purposes and most importantly, not being able to wear your engagement ring when you want to just isn’t okay!
A Starbucks representative told KOMO TV the company is trying to double its current food service in the next five years, which could be why the rules changed.
What’s your opinion on the engagement ring ban, Knotties? Let us know!
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