UNITED STATES (VVNG.com) — Starbucks announced they will close every one of its U.S. stores on May 29, 2018, for racial bias education.
The company plans to close over 8,000 stores for one afternoon in order to educate it’s 175,000 employees on racial bias.
The decision to close the stores and retrain employees comes after a cell phone video of two black men being arrested inside a Philadelphia Starbucks went viral.
Police said the store manager called police because the two black men had been sitting inside the establishment without ordering. The video shows several deputies show up and without hesitation or questions place the two men in handcuffs. Both men willingly walked out in cuffs and were arrested for trespassing. They were released after Starbucks chose not to press charges.
Starbuck’s CEO Kevin Johnson issued the following statement later that day:
“I’ve spent the last few days in Philadelphia with my leadership team listening to the community, learning what we did wrong and the steps we need to take to fix it,” Kevin Johnson, CEO of Starbucks, said in a statement Tuesday. “While this is not limited to Starbucks, we’re committed to being a part of the solution. Closing our stores for racial bias training is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company and partnerships in our local communities.”
@Starbucks The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing. pic.twitter.com/0U4Pzs55Ci
— Melissa DePino (@missydepino) April 12, 2018
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