Starbucks will close over 8,000 of stores on May 29 to conduct training in racial bias, CNN Money reports.
The news comes after two Black men were arrested at a Philadelphia location last week after a manager called the police saying they were trespassing after refusing to let them use the bathroom because they were not paying customers.
“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,” said Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson in a statement. “While this is not limited to Starbucks, we’re committed to being a part of the solution.”
@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
Johnson met with the men on Monday and apologized about the incident that has caused a national stir.
“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.”
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