If you have to be awake when you sincerely don't want to be, Crystal's who you want across the counter from you: The kind of person who remembers your order before you have the neural capacity to do so yourself—and who's that rare, perfect morning blend of cheery and chill—she's got a smile for everyone who walks through the door. Even at the most ungodly of hours.
But today, her smile was extra...something. In fact, there was a je ne sais quois to all the baristas at my local Starbucks—the sort of thing that makes you ask, Did you change your hair? And then I realized: I was staring at a multi-human gallery of body art, none of which I'd seen in all my millions of morning pilgrimages to the same place. "Is it somehow possible I've never noticed your body art?" I asked Crystal. She then explained that today is the first day Starbucks is permitting employees to reveal their previously banned nose studs and tattoos.
In addition to body ink, Starbucks employees will now be allowed to rock untucked shirts, nose studs, shorts, skirts, black jeans, tan khakis and colorful scarves and ties, according to CNN. And the easing up of the dress code comes with even more good news: Once January rolls around, Starbucks will give a pay increase to all baristas and shift managers, and allow them one free pastry or other pre-made snack per shift.
So: Happy first day of tat freedom, Crystal—and baristas everywhere. Enjoy the right to bare arms!