Starbucks To Close Over 8,000 Locations For Sensitivity Training After Arrest Of Two Black Men

Starbucks will close down more than 8,000 of its US shops on May 29 to train nearly 175,000 employees in "racial bias education," following an incident in which a store manager called the police on a pair of black men at a Philadelphia location who were reportedly waiting for a friend to arrive.

Video of the two men being hauled off in handcuffs for trespassing went viral after it was published on social media - leading to a public apology by the company amid growing protests. 

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 Tuesday statement. “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.”

The sensitivity training will be developed with input from local and national experts on racial bias - including Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative; Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund; Heather McGhee, president of Demos; former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder; and Jonathan Greenblatt, ceo of the Anti-Defamation League

On Monday, Johnson met with the two men to apologize in a private meeting for what he called "reprehensible" circumstances which led to their arrest. 

"I will fix this," Johnson added in a recorded message.

Johnson also told "Good Morning America" that "what happened to those two gentlemen was wrong," and that the company was actively reviewing the actions of the store manager who called the cops. The manager has been fired. 

“My responsibility is to look not only to that individual but look more broadly at the circumstances that set that up just to ensure that never happens again,” Johnson said Monday.

COO Rosalind Brewer, a black woman, told NPR that the incident was "a teachable moment for all of us," saying that as an African American executive who has a 23-year-old son, she found the viral videos of the incident painful to watch. 

“It would be easy for us to say that this was a one-employee situation, but I have to tell you, it’s time for us to, myself included, take personal responsibility here and do the best that we can to make sure we do everything we can” 

One of the two cellphone videos of the incident had over 9 million views by Monday morning, reports the Washington Post.

A spokesman for Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner said that there "wasn't sufficient evidence to charge [the men] with a crime." 

Johnson said Monday that there are scenarios that warrant a call to police — including threats and other disturbances — but that in this case, “it was completely inappropriate to engage the police.”


The police were criticized for their handling of the situation. On Monday, the department referred to the police commissioner’s Facebook Live video from Saturday. Commissioner Richard Ross said in the video that one or both of the men asked to use the restroom but had not purchased anything. An employee said Starbucks company policy was to refuse the use of the restrooms to non-customers and asked the men to leave, according to Ross. The employee called the police when they refused. -WaPo

These officers did absolutely nothing wrong. They followed policy; they did what they were supposed to do. They were professional in all their dealings with these gentlemen,” Ross said in the video. “And instead, they got the opposite back.” Ross said police arrested the men after they refused three requests to leave. 

Starbucks executives were described as "very contrite" during a meeting with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, who said that Starbucks “will cooperate fully with our probes of the matter, particularly the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations’ review of Starbucks’ policies. All parties agree that the outcome of this incident was extremely unfortunate and that’s why we are reviewing the incident seriously.”

He added: “This is not just a Starbucks issue. This is a societal issue. People can react differently to others based on skin color, and that is wrong. We have work to do, and we need to do so productively.”

There is currently no companywide guidelines for Starbucks employees to follow in regards to asking members of the public to leave, one company official said. Instead, Starbucks leaves safety and customer service decisions up to store managers, a store manager told the Washington Post on condition of anonymity. 

Managers may leave restroom doors unlocked or add key-code entries if they feel the store is more at risk of criminal behavior. A store in the same area of Philadelphia was hit with an armed robbery recently, the official said. -WaPo

Meanwhile, that picture of the Starbucks employee being shouted at by protesters turned into a caption contest:



QueeroHedge chumbawamba Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:19 Permalink

fuark they got the huffy cops on them!



>>>All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing.


Typical logic of a rich white idiot living in her liberal bubble. Because cops are just lovely to white people right? I'm white and get harassed by cops all the time, $110 fine for riding my bicycle on the footpath recently, it's an australian police state thing. Class is more important than race but rich cunts don't like to acknowledge that reality. Walk into starbucks as a rich white liberal sans shoes and see how you go, white guy natty dread forget about it. 

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Adolph.H. chumbawamba Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:23 Permalink

Starbucks is another artificially inflated Jewish company with a Jewish agenda. Chief amongst its goals is to overcharge for an insipid coffee on which a variety of stupid sweety toppings is added. But that's okay in America because nobody knows what a good coffee is and the food has no taste. 

And of course if they can diss white people by giving more consideration to negroes they seize the opportunity, like the good Zionist agents they are. The level of Bolshevism is unbearable. These Jews know no shame. 

It's too bad they don't close their locations forever. Maybe Americans of common sense should organize protests for that. 

Starbucks, cheap coffee for stupid ethno-masochist hipsters. 


It's okay not to be a Jew.

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Croesus overbet Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:46 Permalink

This whole thing was absolute bullshit, that never should have happened.

The guys were doing nothing wrong, and had every right to be there (since purchases are not required to *Visit* a retail store).

The cops never should have gone along with it.

For the record, I'm White, and if Black Americans want to boycott Starbucks, sign me up (I don't shop there at all anyway, except for the free coffee grinds I use in the garden).

On the bright side, it happened in a Libtard city, at a Libtard company, so maybe it's Libtards that have a problem with racism, and not the rest of us.

In reply to by overbet buyingsterling Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:06 Permalink

What we have here is a "failure to communicate".


ENGLISH: If you are not buying anything, you can't use the bathroom and must leave the store immediately.

EBONIC: Yo If you be not buying anythin`, you can't use da baf room an' mus' leave da swapmeet immediately and shit.


Copy And Paste The Ebonic Below...

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MoreSun Billy the Poet Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:40 Permalink

Well when black folks quit showing up on the nightly news rampaging down streets, burning, looting and generally making animals of themselves then maybe other folks wont feel uneasy within their presence.

When blacks as a people/culture decide to be civil at most all times then these incidents will not happen.

In the end this has all been able to manifest because of the jew supremacists that invaded this land beginning mainly in the 1820's forward.

You can lay it at the feet of the jew supremacist created Naacp, Adl, Aclu, Splc, Zoa, Jwc, Cfr, Jdl and a thousand other jew supremacist foreign agent organizations that should immediately be prosecuted under the FARA act.

This explains the current situation and the future:…


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FireBrander FireBrander Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:51 Permalink

All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing.

Geesh, really, think of all the Hollywood movies, staring White all of those movies...I've NEVER seen a white guy in dreadlocks pull out a gun and rob the place...Hollywood has taught me only Blacks do that shit...The Starbucks manager was just executing the programming of his Hollywood masters.

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Socratic Dog FireBrander Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:19 Permalink

>>one or both of the men asked to use the restroom but had not purchased anything. An employee said Starbucks company policy was to refuse the use of the restrooms to non-customers and asked the men to leave, according to Ross. The employee called the police when they refused. -WaPo<<

Umm, sounds reasonable to me.  Homeless bums don't get to use the brasco.  And if you don't buy anything, just sit, you're impersonating a homeless bum.

Amazing that a bunch of faggot baristas have to attend sensitivity training.

In reply to by FireBrander buyingsterling Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:07 Permalink

On the roof of a very tall building are four men; one is asian, one is mexican, one is black, and the last one is white. The asian walks to the ledge and says, "This is for all my people" and jumps off the roof. Next, the mexican walks to the ledge and also says, "This is for all my people" and then he jumps off the roof. Next is the black guy's turn. The black guy walks to the ledge and says, "This is for all my people" and then throws the white guy off the roof.

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Bone-Machine Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:16 Permalink

A black boy walks into the kitchen where his mother is baking and accidentally pulls the flour over onto his head. He turns to his mother and says, “Look Mama, I’m a white boy!” His mother smacks him and says, “Go tell your Daddy what you just said!” The boy finds his father and says, “Look Daddy, I’m a white boy!” His Daddy bends him over, spanks him, stands the boy back up, and says, “Now, what do you have to say for yourself?” The boy replies, “I’ve only been a white boy for five minutes and I already hate you black people!”

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mkkby AUD Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:08 Permalink

Starbucks attracts violent apes.  Not somewhere I'd want to go.  Prefer a low stress place to enjoy my coffee. 

Fuck you and your politics, Starbucks.  I'll go to the nice local cafe.  Being a homeless bathroom stop should be great for your business.

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booboo No Time for Fishing Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:31 Permalink

I can hear the white chick now.

" these two guy over there at that table...I'm not racist or anything...I mean I voted for Bernie just so you like they have been here for like 5 minutes and they don't even have their Iphones or Ipads..I mean maybe they can't afford them and I feel bad for them but they are kinda of weird and all, especially not doing facebook"

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