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Select Starbucks markets implement dirty needle disposal boxes in bathrooms

A "very small fraction" of stores are receiving sharps boxes.

April 24, 2019 - 5:35 pm

SEATTLE (KFTK) — In an effort to protect their employees, Starbucks is adding needle disposal boxes in bathrooms in 25 U.S. markets.  

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The move comes after employees stated they were being exposed to dangerous working conditions after people were continuously leaving hypodermic needles in the trashcans and in the bathrooms. Employees even started a petition on, which garnered more than 5,000 signatures.   

In 2018, two employees were stuck with needles in a Eugene, Oregon store, prompting an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to Business Insider.

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Since the investigation, Starbucks has started rolling out the safe needle disposal boxes. While it is unclear still which locations will receive the sharps boxes, the New York Post reported that “a ‘very small fraction’ of stores requested” them.

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