Starbucks CEO to Meet With Black Men Arrested at Philadelphia Store

Starbucks CEO to Meet With Black Men Arrested at Philadelphia Store

Starbucks CEO to Meet With Black Men Arrested at Philadelphia Store

The CEO of Starbucks has issued another apology to two African-American men who were arrested at a Philadelphia location over the weekend.

In a "mutual" decision, the manager who reported the men to police has left the company, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Less than a week after a Philadelphia Starbucks made headlines for calling the cops on two black men for waiting in their store, another Starbucks was accused of racism by denying a man the restroom code because he had not purchased a drink.

Two men were arrested inside a Philadelphia Starbucks on April 12, per the New York Post, after an employee called 911 to report the two for "trespassing". Another patron could be heard attesting that the men had not done anything and that it was unclear why the police were called.

The friend in the video asked, "What did they get called for?"

Johnson pledged more training for store managers on company guidelines and unconscious bias.

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Much like the Starbucks in Philadelphia, the Starbucks in downtown Erie has a key to the restrooms just for its customers, to try to keep it from becoming a public restroom.

After police arrived, Ross said they asked the men to leave three times but they refused. When one officer asks another man whether he is "with these gentlemen", the man said he was and called the episode ridiculous. "Additionally", he wrote, "we will host a company-wide meeting next week to share our learnings, discuss some immediate next steps and underscore our long-standing commitment to treating one another with respect and dignity".

Kenney said a review promised by police of policies in similar situations "is fully warranted given the unfortunate outcome of this event, particularly at a time when our criminal justice reform efforts are focused on avoiding needless incarcerations".

In a statement the police commissioner, Richard Ross, defended the arrest of both men saying his officers "did nothing wrong". The two men were held for nearly nine hours before being released. Shortly after his interview with Good Morning America, a Starbucks spokesperson confirmed to CNN that the men who were arrested have agreed to meet the executive.

"They didn't do anything, I saw the entire thing", a person off-camera said.

Johnson's comments came as about two dozen protesters took over the Starbucks location where the arrests happened.

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