Why nearly everybody involved in the Starbucks controversy is in the wrong


Why nearly everybody involved in the Starbucks controversy is in the wrong

Yolanda Curtis
April 18, 2018

"The men were sitting there peacefully quietly and they were put in handcuffs and they were walked out of the store, humiliated, embarrassed and put in a patrol auto", DePino subsequently told MSNBC television. The CEO of Starbucks arrived in Philadelphia hoping to meet with two black men who were arrested when the coffee chain's employees called 911 and said they were trespassing. But in this case, Johnson said, there was absolutely no reason to call police.

The two men had been arrested on April 12 at the 1801 Spruce St. Starbucks after a manager asked them to leave because they had not purchased anything (the men were waiting to meet an acquaintance).

"All the other white (people) are wondering why it's never happened to us when we do the same thing", she tweeted.

The men were later released after Starbucks declined to press charges, per Ross. "They were wrong, and for that, I personally apologize to the gentlemen that visited our store".


A video of the incident, posted Thursday on Twitter, was viewed millions of times and drew widespread condemnation on social media.

"The company's founding values are based on humanity and inclusion", said executive chairman Howard Schultz, who has been in Philadelphia along with Johnson and other Starbucks brass, meeting with community leaders and Starbucks partners.

'While this is not limited to Starbucks, we're committed to being a part of the solution.

A spokesperson for Starbucks did not immediately respond to PIX11's request for comment regarding the latest incident caught on video.


Johnson, the CEO, said Starbucks accepts full responsibility for what occurred. He also floated making policy changes and introducing additional trainings for store managers, including "unconscious bias" lessons, as ways to prevent these incidents. There is no companywide policy on bathroom use at Starbucks stores, but many stores in high traffic areas require a code that is printed on receipts in order to use the bathroom.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said the Starbucks employee had "terribly disrespected" the two men. CEO Kevin Johnson offered an apology of his own, and the manager who called the cops is apparently no longer working there. But, he added, "they need to make swift decisions".

Our researchers found out it comes down to the individual store.

"Starbucks stands firmly against discrimination or racial profiling", he said in the blog post. "They were called there, for a service, and that service had to do with quelling a disturbance, a disturbance that had to do with trespassing".


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