Starbucks Allows Tattoos

On Monday, Starbucks employees can wear their tattoos proudly-no more long-sleeve cover-ups. The decision comes after a barista amassed more than 25,000 signatures on a petition that describes her goal: "Change the dress code to allow visible tattoos. I believe tattoos are a simple form of self expression and as long as they aren't offensive or explicit, I think we should be able to show off our artwork proudly."

To explain its new dress code, Starbucks created this graphic:

Starbucks dress code

The suggestions sound reasonable enough: "Keep your nails clean," "Pull long hair back," etc. I happen to be writing this at a Starbucks, and the employees look neat and clean. But I'm not counting their earrings or measuring their gauges.  

Discussion Starters: 

  • What's your view of the tattoo policy? Was this the right decision? Why or why not?
  • What, if anything, surprises you about the other dress code recommendations?