Post # 1
I just heard that Starbucks baristas are no longer allowed to wear engagement rings, or technically rings with stones. I know there are several professions where you logistically cannot wear your rings, but I never thought coffee barista was one of them. Food prep should be clean, but it doesn’t require sterile technique. Do you all have any feelings about the new rule?
Post # 2
I work in food service in a situation that is much more hands on than being a barista and we are allowed to wear engagement rings. It seems a little too strict to me.
Post # 3
I’m not surprised Starbucks is headed this way if they want to expand food options.
If anything the outrage is outrageous. Not a big deal. Get over it.
Post # 4
I was a barista during high school for a local coffee shop similar to starbucks but was called Caribou Coffee (more common in midwest) and I was not allowed to wear rings with stones there. The crevaces can harbor bacteria so that was the concern. We also were not allowed to have fake or painted nails. I have similar rules to abide by as a nurse now. I guess I don’t see any harm since baristas do handle food/beverage items, it’s just a way to minimize the spread of bacteria.
Post # 5
I’m a fan of this for some of the reasons Lakeside003 mentioned. If anyone is getting near food/beverages that I consume, I’d want to minimize any chance of anything unnecessary finding its way into my body.
Plus baristas do more than just stir random liquids together in a cup — they also handle all the pastries/bagels/breakfast sandwiches/etc.
Better to be safe than sorry.
Post # 6
The raised stones are a hazard. They can get caught on parts of the coffee grinding machines while the baristas are cleaning them. They shouldn’t wear long necklaces either. I know someone who had an accident while cleaning one of the grinding machines and had to get a bunch of stitches.
Post # 7
Oh jeez–no nails and no rings??? If I worked there, I’d have to quit!
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY
I completely agree with the new rules.
Post # 9
I used to work at Starbucks and my manager wore her engagement ring. She mentioned it would get super dirty and gross from work and when she got married she would probably only wear her wedding band. Now that I’m engaged, if I still worked there I wouldn’t want to wear my ring whether I was allowed to or not. It would get super dirty even with all the hand washing and I would be afraid of damaging or losing it during certain job tasks.
Post # 10
craigslistgirl: I’d be fine with the no nails rules. I don’t have any nails really, I clip them short, and don’t wear fake ones either, but I’d be sad to not be allowed to wear my rings at work. I only wear my ering and wedding band.
Post # 11
- Wedding: A very pretty church.
craigslistgirl: They’re a big chain and it makes sense to have high hygiene standards (just imagine the headlines if someone became seriously ill from Starbucks!). Just thinking about what can get on a ring and into a setting is almost enough to put me off wearing mine and I don’t work in the food industry. I do however study in a health area and many hospitals in my country are bringing in ‘no stone’ policies. It doesn’t make sense, if you have a ‘bare below the elbow’ (for any reason) to have a ‘except rings because shiny’ exception.
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2015 - Drury Lane
craigslistgirl: I’m a chef, and this is common for all foodservice, so I’m not surprsed went this way at all. The reason you can’t wear jewelry on your hands with stones is because bacteria canget nto all of the little crevices between and under the tone. So whle being a barista does not require sterile technique, your hand still get grimy and you can imagine ll the things that could start growing in your ring.
I have an engagement ring holder necklace that I use for when I’m in the kitchen, and I feel a lot better when it’s there versus on my hand. Starbucks also said employees can still wear necklaces, so this is proably the best solution fora barista.
Post # 13
Im not shocked. I used to work at starbucks for many years and I can see where this would be appropriate.
Post # 14
Lakeside003: Hey I used to work at Caibou Coffee too! I remember a couple of my coworkers being upset about not wearing nail polish or fake nails but I always thought there was a good reason behind it.
I have no problem with the Starbucks decision. They don’t wear gloves, right? I think this is better than having them wear gloves all day.
Post # 15
I think it’s a completely appropriate rule.