Philadelphia Starbucks Manager Is Under Review Following Controversial Arrest of Black Men


Starbucks CEO hopes to meet with arrested men

The first incident in Philadelphia happened last Thursday when two black men were arrested after store employees called 911 to say they were trespassing.

"Why would they be asked to leave?" It's unclearwhen Johnson will meet with the men.

Johnson, who has called the arrests "reprehensible", arrived in Philadelphia this weekend after video of the incident gained traction online.

A company spokeswoman told CNBC on Monday that "she is no longer at that store", confirming a report by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

What appeared to be a White man watching the events of the arrest unfold asks police in the video "Well what did they do?"

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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. Starbucks did not respond to a request for comment about the employment status of the manager who called police. The city's mayor said an apology was insufficient and said he would refer the issue to Philadelphia's Commission on Human Relations to examine Starbucks' policies and employee training.

"As an African American male, I am very aware of implicit bias; we are committed to fair and unbiased policing", Ross said.

The case of the two men received national attention after a video of their arrest posted on Twitter Thursday went viral.

"Whether that is changes to the policy and the practice, additional store manager training including training around unconscious bias and we will address this", Johnson said. Is that an acknowledgment that race was a factor in the employee's decision to call the police? "I think that we should reserve our right to stop spending our money places that don't respect us equally", the King told TMZ outside of LAX on April 16. "Our store manager never intended for these men to be arrested and this should never have escalated as it did", Johnson said. "It's absolute discrimination." The men were released eight hours afterward, when the district attorney found no evidence of a crime. He said the officers "did absolutely nothing wrong" and were professional in their conduct toward the individuals but "got the opposite back". He hopes to have a face-to-face meeting with the men so he can apologize in person, the CEO said.

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