The world's largest coffee chain now plans to close over 8000 stores across United States for one afternoon to educate its employees about racial-bias. Training will be provided to almost 175,000 partners across the country. The incident illustrated the bias that can affect even the most normal activities such as meeting someone for coffee in the U.S. public spaces.
Now the 911 call has been released of the employee calling the police. The operator said she would send police. A Starbucks regional vice president who attempted to talk to the protesters was shouted down.
Johnson did not directly answer a question from anchor Cheryl Casone on whether Starbucks would consider changing its "policy that customers have to buy something if they come into a store".
Company-owned retail stores, as well as corporate offices, will close for the afternoon of Tuesday, May 29, for employees to undergo training created to "address implicit bias, promote conscious inclusion" and deal with discrimination issues, the news release confirms. It is pertinent to note that just after the incident that caused people to think about boycotting the coffee giant, another video emerged on social media, where a female employer of the company could be seen discriminating against another black man.
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Following the arrest, Starbucks would decline to press charges and the men would be released.
"It will cost millions of dollars, but I've always viewed this and things like this as not an expense, but an investment in our people and our company", he said.
The two men entered the Starbucks on Thursday and asked to use to the bathroom. But that training focused more on making the ideal latte as the company struggled with sputtering sales. Three minutes later, another dispatcher said a "group of males" was "refusing to leave". But by this time, the video of the Black men's apprehension had already gone viral nationwide.