It probably won't help their "public bathroom" problem, but Starbucks is set to start selling beer and wine in selected locations, based on early success selling alcohol at stores in Seattle and Portland. Five new booze-friendly stores will open in Chicago by the end of 2012, as well as locations in Atlanta and southern California.
An official from the company explained, "As our customers transition from work to home, many are looking for a warm and inviting place to unwind and connect with the people they care about."
In other words, most people really need a drink (and some kind of fancy sandwich) before going home. And, Americans are now one step closer to becoming dependent on Starbucks for literally all of their daily needs — the only frontier left is high-tech nap stations, which I imagine are already in the works.