Pregnant woman denied access to Starbucks bathroom

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PHOENIX, Ariz. (KPNX) – It’s not uncommon for restaurants and gas stations to ask customers to make a purchase before using the bathroom.

However, Ilana Scheinker, who is eight months pregnant, claims she was stopped multiple times at an Arizona Starbucks on Tuesday morning.

“The urge hit me, as it does many women with two weeks left to go,” she said.

After going to the bathroom and realizing you need a code to unlock the door, Scheinker says she walked up to the counter and asked for the necessary code.

The employee told her that she needed to buy something before using the restroom.

At that point, she went outside to get her husband.

“My husband went up and again reiterated, ‘My wife is very pregnant,” she said. “Again, he said, ‘No.’ Went back and forth. The man was unrelenting. My husband gave him his credit card and said, ‘Charge me for anything.’ The man refused. A woman standing behind me said, ‘I’m about to make a purchase, give me the code and I’ll give it to her.”

The employee told her she still could not get the code, so Scheinker left and went to another restaurant.

The manager of the Starbucks, who did not see the exchange, called to apologize after the incident.