The Starbucks manager who called the police on two Black men for trespassing is no longer with the company, a company spokesman confirmed with CNBC.
The news comes after a viral video showing two men being escorted out in handcuffs by police at a Philadelphia Starbucks location while they waited for another man for a business meeting.
@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
Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson has apologized to the two men and has agreed to meet with them to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Protesters flooded the location of the incident and chanted “Starbucks coffee is anti-black,” while calling for the manager to be fired.
Happening NOW: Protesters *inside of Center City @Starbucks store where two black men were arrested after sitting in store without purchasing a drink. Protesters demanding employee who called police be fired. @6abc pic.twitter.com/cEmemwcDwC
— Jeannette Reyes (@Fox5DCJeannette) April 16, 2018
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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.