A Starbucks in the Saudi Arabia capital city of Riyadh recently banned women from entering the establishments, posting a sign outside of the coffee shop that reads, "Please no entrance for ladies."
The reason? Because a barrier inside the store separating families from singles recently fell down. The store is temporarily asking women to have a man purchase their desired items.
The sign was first noticed last Monday and many posted it to social media.
Unreal. Starbucks in Saudi Arabia refused to serve women. Note on their door, plus official response from company. https://t.co/d4tCSqqQOv— Muhammad Lila (@Muhammad Lila)1454465821.0
The same woman who first posted the sign to twitter, later tweeted that the sign is similar to segregation signs in the United States from the 1940s.
In a statement to CNN, Starbucks said they are working to resolve the situation, but the store will continue to adhere to local customs.
"At Starbucks, we adhere to the local customs of Saudi Arabia by providing separate entrances for families as well as single people," the company said. "In addition, all our stores provide equal amenities, service, menu, and seating to men, women and families."
The company added, "We are working as quickly as possible as we refurbish our Jarir store so that we may again welcome all customers in accordance with local customs."
As part of Saudi Arabia's laws and customs, which follow a very conservative approach of Islam, most restaurants have a barrier to separate the sexes. Many Saudis believe women should be forbidden from eating in public, because it would require their her face to be shown.
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