Starbucks- Denied Man with Crohn’s Bathroom Access


Starbucks in Washington DC
by: Elvert Barnes
date: 29.11.2005

Starbucks has made another mistake, this time it was a man with Crohn’s Disease who was denied access to the bathroom. Per state law, this man was supposed to be able to access the bathroom as he was having an emergency situation that led to an accident because he was denied bathroom access. To make matters worse for Starbucks, the man is also a lawyer, so we might hear more about this in the news. Here is the link to the article:

As it states in the article a total of 15 states have passed laws allowing people with certain medical conditions access to employee bathrooms. This is a move in the right direction. For those who do not know, Crohn’s Disease can cause accidents otherwise known as bowel incontinence. This is both embarrasing and also can be prevented sometimes, such as in the situation at Starbucks.

In fact one of the “superpowers” of having Crohn’s Disease is that I have to plan my whole life about where there are bathrooms so I can go #2 when needed. In fact, once you have Crohn’s, it becomes apparent that the world is not designed for people with Crohn’s Disease or Colitis. Imagine never being able to predict when you will need to use the bathroom and only having a minute or two to be able to use the bathroom before it is too late. This is a reality for me and for others out there. I hope that all states pass a similar law and it would be great to get a “bathroom pass” from your doctor if you had Crohn’s Disease.

In the meantime I will be working on a “bathroom pass” that you can print out if you have Crohn’s Disease that explains your need to use the bathroom -should the situation arise where you are denied access and about to have an accident. The bathroom pass will be wallet sized, printable, and helpful!

-By Isaac Levinsky

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