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Starbucks won't be filling up your own mug due to coronavirus

It's just one of several precautionary measures the company is taking to protect staff and customers

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As the world reacts to the spread of coronavirus, companies are also being hard hit — and they’re having to make tough calls about their operations.

In the food world, Starbucks has taken the decision that it won’t be filling up your personal mugs for the time being.

In an effort to keep staff and customers safe, you won’t be able to get your own cup filled up — but the store will still honor the 10 cent discount if you bring a reusable Starbucks mug.

This is just one of the measures that Starbucks announced this week to help prevent the spread of the highly contagious infection.

In an open letter, Rossann Williams, Starbucks’ evp and president, U.S. company-operated business and Canada wrote: "First and foremost, the health and well-being of our partners and customers remains top of mind and our highest priority, and we will continue to act thoughtfully and courageously despite the disruption and uncertainty COVID-19 brings to our daily lives. As part of communities worldwide, we are navigating this situation with nimbleness, learning and adapting as new information is made available. "

Other steps Starbucks is taking include increasing cleaning and sanitizing in all company-operated stores to help prevent the spread of germs; restricting all business-related air travel through March 31; and postponing or changing large meetings across all Starbucks offices in the US and Canada.

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Comments (10)

  • No one ever brings their own mug in Dubai. Maybe I should start a thing!

      7 months ago
  • Everyone is going overboard with this.

      7 months ago
  • Aaaand another reason to just bring your coffee from home.

      7 months ago
  • Dumb, rinse it with some hot water and wash your hands, they shld b doing that between customers anyway...

      7 months ago
  • McDonalds delivers a hot meal by drone : youtu.be/9nJMmt3e2aA

    and,

    a pizza made by a 3D printer. youtu.be/yoKjoj2XL3c

    So in the not too distant future, I could imagine that only one person would be required to operate a mobile fast food shop.

    This operator would park the vehicle in a suitable location, monitor and oversee the operation of the food production equipment, and would keep an eye on the comings and goings of the drones.

    The drones themselves could be programmed to fly to the customer, and could be also operated remotely, perhaps even by someone employed to work from home ?

    So there is zero chance of staff coughing on each other, because everyone works in a different dwelling.

      7 months ago
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