Starbucks to close stores for bias training on May 29
19 April 2018, 02:55 | Andres Norman
Starbucks Will Close More Than 8000 Stores To Hold Anti–Racial Bias Training In May
Starbucks is planning to follow up on its CEO's promise to implement "unconscious bias" training by closing more than 8,000 company-owned stores across the USA on May 29 to conduct "racial bias training", per a Starbucks news release. During that time, employees will undergo training created to "address implicit bias, promote conscious inclusion, prevent discrimination and ensure everyone inside a Starbucks store feels safe and welcome". This was announced just a week after two black men were arrested while waiting for a friend at a #Philadelphia Starbucks. The incident illustrated the bias that can affect even the most normal activities such as meeting someone for coffee in the United States public spaces. They sat in the store without ordering anything and it prompted the store manager to call the police. When they say they can't because they're there for a meeting, the manager then calls 911.
The employee who called the police is no longer employed by Starbucks, the company said on Monday.
Starbucks has since found itself under fire for its treatment of black people, and top executives have reacted swiftly.
Earlier this week, Starbucks began a review of its training and practices to make important reforms where necessary to ensure the stores always represent their Mission and Values, by providing a safe and inclusive environment for customers and partners.
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Starbucks will be and corporate offices on May 29 for company-wide racial bias training.
No charges were ultimately filed, but the two men were reportedly held for multiple hours on trespassing charges, from late afternoon Thursday until 1:30 a.m. on Friday.
Starbucks isn't the only company introducing the training in an effort to combat discrimination.
Another incident happened in a California Starbucks which is a similar incident to what happened in the Philadelphia Starbucks. Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson called the arrests "reprehensible" and said he wanted to apologise to the two men face-to-face. In the communications between police and dispatch that were also released, someone refers to "a group of males inside causing a disturbance", and additional officers are sent. In the clip taped by Melissa DePino, Yaffe asked, "What did they get called for?"
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