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Fox News reports that at the urging of its local employees - some 3,700 of them signed a petition - “several Starbucks locations in the Seattle area will be installing safe needle deposit boxes in store bathrooms.”

The reason? Baristas at some stores say “they have to dispose of hypodermic needles left behind by drug users every day,” and when they are put in the garbage, tampon disposal boxes, and diaper changing stations, they risk being stabbed while cleaning up.

“Exposure to HIV/AIDS, Hep C, Hep B, etc. is a risk in Seattle where there is a heroin/hep c crisis,” the petition claimed, arguing that employees then “have to pay out-of-pocket for [treatment if poked] before being reimbursed until Starbucks's company insurance kicks in.”

Fox News notes that since the matter was brought to management’s attention, “Starbucks has been looking into the matter and are actively looking into solutions such as installing sharp boxes and testing heavier duty garbage bags to prevent needles from poking through.”
KC's View:
Geez. The things you never think you’ll have to deal with in life that suddenly and maybe inevitably become an issue, like used hypodermic needles in a coffee shop’s diaper changing table. Somehow, if this were affecting me, I think that insurance reimbursements would be secondary to the possibility that I might get one of these diseases.