STARBUCKS has removed seating at one major location due to safety concerns for customers and workers.
The move comes after a worker at the store was reportedly hassled, and was made to feel unsafe.
Management took the decision to remove the Studio City location’s tables and chairs to protect the safety of their workers and customers, according to ABC7.
The coffee shop, located on Ventura Boulevard and Vineland Avenue, is now available only for takeout.
The Los Angeles neighborhood is struggling with a homeless crisis that residents say is spiraling out of control, ABC7 previously reported.
“We have the same issue in our cafe, a lot of homeless people, it becomes an issue if they become aggressive,” a Santa Clarita Starbucks worker said.
Regular customers of the Studio City Starbucks have said that there has been increased security around the store in recent weeks.
“Since they did this, it is a safer place,” regular Salman Tareen told ABC7.
According to LAPD statistics, violent crime in the area has remained consistent over the past three years but has experienced a rise from the years prior.
The US Sun has reached out to Starbucks for comment.
Some customers took to Twitter to express their annoyance at the situation.
“Studio City is one of the safest parts of The Valley, this is a joke,” one person wrote.
Others agreed with the move, however.
“I kinda get why they would take out the seating,” one Twitter user continued.