In response to, Starbucks has changed its employee appearance policy to allow employees to show more of their tattoos.
The move comes after Starbucks received an online petition signed by 25,000 employees requesting the change.
Under the new policy, employees may show tattoos as long as they are tasteful and not located on the face or throat.
Specifically, the policy advises employees to treat tattoos like speech: Their ink shouldn’t expose co-workers and customers to anything profane, hateful or lewd.
Employees are allowed piercings within limits.
Ear piercings are to be kept small and no more than two per ear. Ear gauges are permitted, but limited to 10 millimeters in diameter. A small nose stud is permitted, but no septum piercings or rings.
Note: Starbucks charted a middle course with its tattoo policy by listening to its employees, but limiting the changes to those it felt its customers would be comfortable with.