Starbucks opens new shop where every employee is fluent in American Sign Language

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The Starbucks coffee chain has opened a new store Tuesday, where every employee is fluent in American Sign Language.  

It’s a first for Starbucks in the United States; they say it’s their way of having an inclusive environment and bringing communities together. 

Customer Fred Weiner tells us, “As I was ordering coffee, I didn’t feel stressed, I didn’t have to watch my surroundings to see if they were calling my name or not, I was just like everyone else.”

The signing store isn’t just a big deal for customers; several baristas say the deaf and hard of hearing community face chronic underemployment simply because of language barriers. 

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