Monday, April 25, 2016

The grumbling continues about loitering issues in downtown Lake Worth. So. . . what did Delray Beach do about their problem?

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Below are two excerpts from this article by the Post's Christine Stapleton titled, "Addiction treatment backlash: No outdoor seating at Delray Starbucks":

     "Starbucks has closed the outdoor patio at one of its stores on Atlantic Avenue and police have assigned an officer to the corner in response to complaints — especially on social media — that young, recovering drug addicts are loitering and harassing passersby.
     The decision to close the outdoor seating area Tuesday came after a meeting between the city, police department and district manager of Starbucks, said Jamael Stewart, the city’s downtown manager. Starbucks did not return calls and emails for comment."

[and. . .]

     “I don’t think anybody would have a problem with any of the kids if they were acting as customers of Starbucks should act,” said Bill Bathurst, a Realtor and lifelong resident of Delray Beach. “The reason they are there isn’t to get a cup of coffee.”

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let's hope our SBucks does the same thing. They could at least enforce the no smoking policy.

Anonymous said...

No more refills - the bums and rehab people are dumpster and garbage can diving for empty cups to go get a refill. Ick factor and unsanitary cross contaminating is occurring - workers do not wash hands after taking cups from customers. This it totally gross. And so is the vagrant, drug culture vermin hanging out and panhandling in from to Starbucks.

Everyone should call and complain to corporate - these agressive panhandlers are scaring people and chasing away business downtown.

Anonymous said...

Kids? Calling vermin kids is part of the problem. Now normal citizens can't relax outside with a drink they paid for, outrageous.

Anonymous said...

I work there, we have some issues. However, 95% of our customers are hard working, respectable people! RARELY DO WE HAVE PANHANDLERS! If you see one, just let one of us know and we will take care of it. Are the 8 outdoor seats in front of a coffee shop our Downtowns biggest problem? Good lord...

Anonymous said...

I love Starbucks and the people that work there but corporate and management are not in my opinion making the necessary changes to make it enjoyable for everyone. The No Smoking policy is rarely enforced unless you go in and complain. And that is a lot to ask the baristas to do....management needs to enforce the rules. There is a loitering problem that perhaps if the patio was closed would go away or if the bums that are working the reward system are banned then it would be enjoyable for everyone. I have gotten pan handled many times when I have visited and have called PBSO rather than complain to the barista. Now sadly I don't visit as often.

Anonymous said...

The folks who work at our SBuck store are great, but the smoking issue is the biggest one for me. They really need to enforce the rule. Panhandling is intermittent in my experience, but there are some definite bums that hang there full time.