The Philadelphia Police Department released the 911 call made by a Starbucks manager on two Black men that led to their arrests, spawned protests and an apology from the CEO.
The call was made last Thursday where the woman, presumed to be the store manager, said that the two men were refusing to leave.
“I have two gentlemen in my cafe that are refusing to make a purchase or leave. I am at the Starbucks at 18th and Spruce,” a Starbucks employee can be heard telling the 911 operator.
Following the incident, the manager has left the coffee-chain and the company announced that it’s closing over 8,000 locations to conduct racial-bias training on May 29.
@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/0U4Pzs55CiSee Also
— Melissa DePino (@missydepino) April 12, 2018
What's Your Reaction?
Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.