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US Starbucks to close 8,000 U.S. stores for racial-bias training

21:57  17 april  2018
21:57  17 april  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Protesters pack into Philadelphia Starbucks after controversial arrest, chant store is 'anti-black'

  Protesters pack into Philadelphia Starbucks after controversial arrest, chant store is 'anti-black' Protesters on Monday packed a Philadelphia Starbucks – the site where two black men were arrested after store employees called police to say they were trespassing, sparking a days-long controversy. More than two dozen protesters crowded the store and chanted “Starbucks coffee is anti-black.”“This is what systemic white supremacy looks like," one protester said into a microphone.A Starbucks regional manager told FOX29 Philadelphia the protesters could remain in the store as long as the demonstrations remained peaceful. © FoxNews.

Starbucks said on Tuesday that it would close its more than 8 , 000 stores in the United States for one day to conduct anti- bias training after two African-American men were arrested at one of its stores last week, prompting outrage.

Announcement to train 175, 000 workers on 29 May comes after arrest of two black men in Philadelphia for ‘trespassing’.

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Starbucks Corp will close 8,000 company-owned U.S. cafes for the afternoon on May 29 to train nearly 175,000 on how to prevent racial discrimination in its stores.

The announcement from world's biggest coffee company comes as it tries to cool tensions after the arrest of two black men at one of its Philadelphia cafes last week sparked accusations of racial profiling at the chain.

Protesters have called for a boycott of the company.

Starbucks CEO wants to meet black men arrested in cafe, apologize

  Starbucks CEO wants to meet black men arrested in cafe, apologize Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) Chief Executive Kevin Johnson hopes to meet with the two black men arrested at one of its Philadelphia cafes last week to apologize for the incident, which has sparked accusations of racial profiling at the coffee chain. The men, who had not made a purchase, were handcuffed and arrested for trespassing on Thursday after a store manager called 911 and reported them. Witnesses said the men were calmly sitting in the cafe and in a widely viewed video, some patrons asked police whether they were targeted because they are black.

Starbucks Corp will close 8 , 000 company-owned U . S . cafes for the afternoon on May 29 to train nearly 175,000 on how to prevent racial discrimination in its stores . Starbucks to close stores to conduct racial - bias education.

Amid outcry over the arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia Starbucks , the coffee chain announced Tuesday that it will close more than 8 , 000 U . S . stores for an afternoon next month to train workers in " racial - bias education."

"While this is not limited to Starbucks, we’re committed to being a part of the solution," said Starbucks Chief Executive Kevin Johnson, who has apologised for the "reprehensible" arrests of the two men and taken responsibility for the incident.

(Reporting by Lisa Baertlein in Los Angeles; Editing by Lisa Shumaker) Police officers monitor activity outside as protestors demonstrate inside a Center City Starbucks, where two black men were arrested, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania U.S., April 16, 2018. © Mark Makela/Reuters Police officers monitor activity outside as protestors demonstrate inside a Center City Starbucks, where two black men were arrested, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania U.S., April 16, 2018.

Starbucks Customer Finds Hidden Camera in Bathroom .
Police say the camera had dozens of videos stored on it.The camera, which reportedly had dozens of videos on it, including some footage of people using the bathroom has since been confiscated, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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