Starbucks was slammed after a video showed two black men being arrested for apparently doing nothing but waiting inside one of its Philadelphia locations. The coffee chain is doing everything to make sure such incidents don’t repeat and has decided to close down its corporate offices and 8000 nationwide stores on May 29 to provide racial bias training to its 175,000 employees.
Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson spoke about the training and said: “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,” he said.
“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.”
As reports started to come out, it was alleged that the manager didn’t ask the two men to leave before calling the police as previously claimed.
The protests soon made its way into the location and the manager left Starbucks in what’s been described as a ‘mutual’ decision.
Johnson himself referred to the video as “hard to watch” and added that the police should have never been called in the first place.