California's Costly Caffeine - Starbucks Hikes Prices

California's Costly Caffeine - Starbucks Hikes Prices

Starbucks has raised prices on its menu items in California following the introduction of the state's $20 minimum wage mandate for fast-food workers. The increase affects fast-food establishments with over 60 locations nationwide. Prices for various items at Starbucks have gone up by $0.50 to $1.00, a move confirmed by a spokesperson as a response to the higher labor costs. This hike is expected to significantly impact regular customers' wallets, adding potentially over $200 annually to the cost of their daily caffeine fix. The price uptick has led to dissatisfaction among both patrons and employees, with some customers turning to at-home alternatives and baristas expressing concern over the backlash from informing customers of the new pricing.

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