Women welcome at a Saudi Arabia Starbucks shop after temporary ban

One Starbucks in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, had a sign with the phrase, "Please no entrance for ladies."

Story highlights

  • One Starbucks in Saudi Arabia banned women after a separation wall fell
  • While the wall was being repaired, Starbucks said that one store provided access only to men
  • Starbucks says it respects the culture of Saudi Arabia

(CNN)To the Western world, it's a surprising thing to see.

Until very recently, one Starbucks in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, had a sign with the phrase, "Please no entrance for ladies."
The sign went up after a wall segregating families and single people when entering the coffee house fell down.
    The temporary solution was to ban women from entering the Starbucks.
    The full sign said, "PLEASE NO ENTRY FOR LADIES ONLY SEND YOUR DRIVER TO ORDER THANK YOU."
    It was first noticed in the social media world last Monday when someone going by "Manar M" tweeted, "#Starbucks store in Riyadh refused 2 serve me just because I'm a WOMAN & asked me 2 send a man instead."
    Others began tweeting the sign, and it started popping up on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere.
    "Unreal. Starbucks in Saudi Arabia refused to serve women," tweeted Muhammad Lila.