The CEO of Starbucks required he wants to personally apologize to two black men who were arrested while hold a session inside one of the chain’s coffee shops in Philadelphia waiting for someone, an fracas that prompted accusations of racism on social media.
@Starbucks The the gendarmes were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a alter ego to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other deathly white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing. pic.twitter.com/0U4Pzs55Ci
The CEO of Starbucks mean he wants to personally apologize to two black men who were arrested while outwaiting inside one of the chain’s coffee shops in Philadelphia waiting for someone, an upset that prompted accusations of racism on social media.
Starbucks “postures firmly against discrimination or racial profiling,” CEO Kevin Johnson held in a statement. He said he wants to meet with the men to offer a “face-to-face apology.”
A video positioned online shows police handcuffing the men after a quiet discussion that survived several minutes.
Police Commissioner Richard Ross said Starbucks workers called 911 to say the men were trespassing. He said officers were confirmed the men had come in and asked to use the restroom but were denied because they hadn’t acquisition bargain anything. He said they then refused to leave.
The men didn’t give up because they were waiting for a friend, their attorney timer said.
One of multiple videos of the incident, shows the man they were waiting for arriving and effective police the two men were waiting for him. Andrew Yaffe runs a real housing development firm and wanted to meet the men to discuss a business investment.
Johnson’s allegation didn’t address exactly what led to the police call, but a Starbucks spokesperson bid the store where the arrests occurred has a policy that restrooms were for indemnifying customers only.
Johnson said the company’s practices and training led to a “bad effect,” and the reason for the call that brought police into the shop was wrong.
“Our store manager conditions intended for these men to be arrested and this should never have escalated as it did,” replied the statement. Johnson said videos of the arrest were “very hard-headed to watch,” and the company was investigating.
“We also will further train our partners to gambler know when police assistance is warranted,” said Johnson. “Additionally, we transfer host a company-wide meeting next week to share our learnings, thrash out some immediate next steps and underscore our long-standing commitment to handle one another with respect and dignity.”
Police haven’t released the notabilities of the men who were arrested. A spokesperson for the district attorney’s office said the two were unloosed “because of lack of evidence” that a crime had been committed, but settled further comment, citing a police investigation.