Don’t cry yet…
Starbucks is closing each one of their 8,000 U.S. based chain cafe’s for one day/afternoon on May 29, 2018 to conduct racial anti-bias education training. The company plans to train each one of their 175,000 employees.
Starbucks CEO, Kevin R. Johnson, says “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,” in a statement announcing the training this morning.
The NY Times says this all came about when two men were arrested on “suspicion of trespassing.” Both men were later released from custody not charged.
Johnson says, “Starbucks stands firmly against discrimination or racial profiling,” “Regretfully, our practices and training led to a bad outcome — the basis for the call to the Philadelphia Police Department was wrong. Our store manager never intended for these men to be arrested and this should never have escalated as it did.”
Here’s Starbucks statement, released on Twitter:
We apologize to the two individuals and our customers for what took place at our Philadelphia store on Thursday. pic.twitter.com/suUsytXHks
— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) April 14, 2018
Read Kevin, R. Johnson’s full statement here.
Meanwhile, the Twitter peeps react…
Big applause for @Starbucks for closing 8k stores next month and holding race bias & sensitivity seminars for 175k employees. That’s a great example of corporate responsibility. All police depts should be next…
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) April 17, 2018
Rough math here: Starbucks annual revenue is $22.4 billion. That means closing their stores for half a day would equal a loss of roughly $30 million.@Starbucks is fining itself $30 million because two black men loitered in one of their stores for an hour and refused to leave. https://t.co/poeJRCT4Vx
— Matt Semite 🇸🇾 (@MattsOurSemite) April 17, 2018
Public pressure works better on companies than it does on government.
Starbucks is closing stores for bias training. Dicks stopped selling assault rifles. Dozens of companies pulled ads from Laura Ingraham.
What if those companies made Nov 6 a holiday so workers could vote?
— Charlotte Alter (@CharlotteAlter) April 17, 2018
So we in 2018 and they closing all Starbucks to teach employees how not to be racist?? Lmao only in America https://t.co/PQJqM6mE3z
— I ain't shit 🦂 (@sheslulu) April 17, 2018
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