LAST MONTH TWO BLACK MEN WERE ARRESTED IN PHILLY AT A STARBUCKS AND THE ARREST AND THE REASON WHY THESE MEN WERE ARRESTED WENT VIRAL AND BECAUSE OF THIS ARREST STARBUCKS IMAGE HAS BEEN TARNISHED. SO TODAY AT 2:30 PM ACROSS THE COUNTRY STARBUCKS WILL BE CLOSED FOR ANTI BIAS TRAINING VIA FOX 28 COLUMBUS ……In the Philadelphia incident, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson were asked to leave after one was denied access to the bathroom. They were arrested by police minutes after they sat down to await a business meeting. The incident was recorded by cellphones and went viral.
Nelson and Robinson settled with Starbucks this month for an undisclosed sum and an offer of a free education. They also reached a deal with the city of Philadelphia for a symbolic $1 each and a promise from officials to establish a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs.
Starbucks has since announced anyone can use its restrooms even if they are not buying anything. According to documents Starbucks sent to store workers, employees should also think carefully when dealing with disruptive customers. A guide advises staff to consider whether the actions they take would apply to any customer in the same situation. They should dial 911 only if the situation seems unsafe.
Starbucks said the arrests never should have occurred and announced the mass closures of its stores for the afternoon of training.