Coffee mega giant Starbucks may soon allow its employees to sport visible tattoos. According to USA Today, the chain had a "strict" policy of not allowing its employees let their ink show. The company is not only reevaluating its tattoo policy, but its entire dress code. A spokesperson notes that the company is taking a "fresh look" at how it creates a "more meaningful and relevant work experience for our partners" and that the company will announce an update to the dress code in a few weeks. The new rules would start in the U.S. and then hit other countries "as appropriate by market."
Although an online petition by a Starbucks employee to allow tattoos gained 21,000 signatures this Summer, the spokesperson says the dress code review "began earlier this Summer." In July a barista at a Starbucks location in Michigan claimed that she was asked to either remove the small heart tattoo on her hand or resign from her job, which caused much outrage among fans and the social media community.