I got really excited last month when I heard about the dress code (and wage/health care!) changes that Starbucks was implementing. One of my favorite parts about working at the store was the great benefits, but I really hated the dress code! I got away with wearing black jeans for my entire career there, but at the time, only slacks and khaki colored pants were allowed. Now, black jeans are officially sanctioned! Yay! Great news! Even better than that, you are officially allowed to be inked. Tattoos (even those that visible) are officially allowed by Starbucks now, even though it used to ban those (as well as unnatural hair colors). With this policy change, though, Starbucks has also made the decision to ban "bling" aka watches, big rings, and other jewelry. People are upset about this because it means that they can't wear their engagement rings at work, and this rule has been being enforced at some Starbucks. However, I think the reasoning behind the rule is reasonable: it has to do with health safety standards! Even with constant washing of the hands, something like this can hold contaminants that can then cause things that shouldn't be in drinks to get in there! What do you think? I'd say its reasonable (especially since wedding bands are still allowed) but many are upset about the rule.