First sign language Starbucks opens in DC In this May 29, 2018, file photo, a barista reaches for an empty cup at a Starbucks in the Pike Place Market in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File/Dave Dugdale/Flickr)
First sign language Starbucks opens in DC

There's news for coffee drinkers in the nation's capital. They can now order that tall pumpkin spice iced skim latte in sign language.

Starbucks opened its first U.S. "signing store." This is to better serve hard of hearing customers. The store is in Washington, D.C. It is just blocks from Gallaudet University. It is one of the nation's oldest universities serving deaf and hard of hearing students.

Marlee Matlin is the only deaf actor to win an Academy Award. She posted an Instagram video of herself. She was ordering a drink. "The sign for the week is COFFEE," she wrote.

Starbucks announced that it would hire 20 to 25 deaf or hard of hearing baristas. They will work at the store. It made the announcement in July.

The store is modeled after a similar Starbucks signing store. It opened in Kuala Lumpur. That is in Malaysia. It opened in 2016.

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  • MarcusB-tho1
    12/11/2018 - 09:58 a.m.

    It shows that the Starbucks franchise will care for anyone, black, white, deaf, blind, it doesn't matter. The franchise will also most likely tolerate you in their store unless you are being disruptive or disrespectful.

  • amarig-orv
    3/01/2019 - 10:32 a.m.

    This is the only Starbucks that you can use sign language. This Starbucks is also for the people who can't talk because they are deaf. So they made a Starbucks for the people who can't hear.

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