Women were banned from entering a Starbucks in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, earlier this week after the religious police noticed the wooden wall used to separate men and women, known as a “gender barrier,” had been knocked down. Such partitions are present in all restaurants, even those in mall food courts, in Saudi Arabia. According to Emirates 24/7, the “gender barrier” had collapsed many times due to customer stampedes.
Arabic-language newspaper Al Weaam said Starbucks’ management was ordered to stop admitting women into the store. Now a sign on the door says, “PLEASE NO ENTRY FOR LADIES ONLY SEND YOUR DRIVER TO ORDER THANK YOU.”