Austin, TX asked in Business Law for Texas

Q: Can a public place, for example, Starbucks, refuse to allow non-paying customers the ability to use their restroom?

I remember watching the video of the two men who were waiting for their friend in a Starbucks and one politely asked to use the restroom. He was told no, you’d have to purchase something to use the restroom, for paying customers only. So I was just wondering is it legal for a business to refuse you the ability to have a natural bodily function, in a restroom of a public place?

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Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter
  • Houston, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Yes, it's legal, and some businesses will insist on it to avoid becoming just a public restroom.

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