A well-known coffee chain accused of racism
The head of Starbucks Kevin Johnson on Monday arrived in Philadelphia hoping to meet with two African Americans who were arrested in one of the outlets of the company.
The incident caused a public outcry after the network spread a video of their arrest, posted on Twitter.
The video shows two African Americans peacefully surrender to the police, while white visitor persistently asked the police: why were they arrested? Also heard another visitor said that African Americans did nothing wrong and it is not clear why the police were called.
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Reportedly, two men walked into Starbucks and asked for permission to use the toilet were refused because the toilets are for customers only
Starbucks. After that, the men sat down at the table without making of the order – they explained that they expect of each other after a third man really came to this cafe). One of the Starbucks employees called the police. The police asked the men to leave – they refused, after which he was arrested for illegal stay in someone else’s private property. The police released the detainees after a few hours.
According to local media, the Manager of the coffee shop, located in a quite prosperous area of Philadelphia, on Monday fired in the coffeehouses continued protests.
Over the weekend, Johnson apologized for the incident and said that Starbucks will conduct an internal investigation, will adjust the rules and improve the system of training managers to avoid discrimination.
“I want to say to our employees, proudly wearing the green aprons, and our visitors, who come to us every day for sense of community: you can and should expect more from us. We will learn from this lesson and become better,” he wrote on Twitter.
Philadelphia police are also conducting an investigation against the police.