I remember a case against McDonald’s where a woman sued because she was burned by the coffee she purchased. The public opinion I knew was entirely against the woman, but when we studied the case at uni, I realized how much more about the case was necessary to consider, which leads me to think about Starbucks. Does Philadelphia have local or state laws that prevent homeless loitering, camping, sleeping, or squatting? If so, since the 2 men arrested refused to make a purchase, was that Starbucks manager simply obeying the controversial laws against homeless loitering? These laws are more cruel and common than I’ve always found people know.
Homelessness viewed as a public health risk and a potentially violent threat is bad for business and tourism and this justifies a wide range of law and ordinance all over the civilized world.