STARBUCKS ERECTS GENDER WALL TO SEGREGATE WOMEN FROM MEN, BANNED WOMEN AFTER WALL COLLAPSED – BUT THEY ARE IN SAUDI SO IT’S OK, RIGHT?…HOW ABOUT THE LGBT, ARE THEY STILL NOT ALLOWED?
Looking for a cup off Starbucks coffee in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia? Get behind the gender segregation wall, ladies!
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz recently claimed that “civility and human rights” were under attack when he announced a pledge to hire 10,000 refugees in its stores around the world and in the United States. However, it appears that Schultz’ pledge is little more than virtue signaling, as the coffee chain has proven itself more than willing to adapt to local customs that run contrary to the western ideals.
In Saudi Arabia, for example, Starbucks adheres to the practice of gender segregation. In it’s Saudi locations, Starbucks erects “gender walls” to keep women and men from co-mingling in their coffee shops. Some might say that Starbucks’ decision to comply with such rules perpetuates the second-class citizenship of Saudi women.
Early in 2016, one such wall collapsed, reportedly forcing the coffee chain to temporarily ban women from its store in the Saudi capital of Riyadh.
One woman reported the ban on Twitter, posting pictures of a sign on the store’s front door which read in English and Arabic “please no entry for ladies only send your driver to order.”