Two black men were wrongfully arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks earlier this month. The men, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, walked into the coffee shop when one of them asked the manager if he could use the restroom. The manager stated the restroom was only for paying customers. The young man “left it at that” and sat down with his friend to wait for another colleague to join them.
Shortly after, the manager called 911. When the police arrived, they asked Nelson and Robinson to leave and arrested them on the spot. Although their colleague who they were waiting for arrived shortly after the arrests were made, police escorted them and placed them into the patrol car.
Since this gross display of police conduct was released to the public and went viral, boycotts and protest ensued. Starbucks released a public apology and declared they would fix the issue.
U.S.-based Starbucks will shut down on May 29 to train employees on racial bias.
With diversity and inclusion being a major hot topic in today’s corporate cultures, Starbucks is one of the only companies taking a public stand on this blatant act of bias making a big statement. To all the other Fortune 500 companies: Watch and learn.
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