Starbucks Bans Baristas From Wearing Engagement Rings

From now on at Starbucks, baristas can put whipped cream on it, but not a ring.

The coffee giant says its drink preparers can no longer wear engagement rings at work because of new food safety rules.

“Wearing a ring is okay if it’s a plain band, no stones,” the rules say. “Unfortunately, no watches, bracelets or wristbands are allowed. Simple necklaces can be worn under your clothes.”

The rules also restrict earrings, limiting them to “small- and moderately-sized and no more than two per ear.” 

A company spokesperson told JCK: “Starbucks’ new jewelry guidelines are based on the FDA Model Food Code that state and local jurisdictions follow. We’ve also been working with [internal experts to] ensure these changes align with food safety rules.”

Some Tweeters said the news didn’t make a whole latte sense. 

“Starbucks Says No to Bling but yes to…nose rings?” wondered conservative commenter Laura Inghram. 

Wrote another: “Shouldn’t your employees being wearing food prep gloves? Then they can wear their rings. Simple solution!”

The new policy does, for the first time, permit visible tattoos, black denim, colored scarves, and bow ties.

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