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Starbucks Will Close 8,000 Stores For ‘Racial Bias Training’ After 2 Men Were Arrested In Philly Location + Omega Psi Phi Rallies Around One Of The Arrested Men

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Starbucks is trying to make everything right after two black men were arrested for, well, simply being black. Get the deets on how the coffee company is addressing the issue, plus see how Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is rallying around one of the arrested men inside…

Apparently, black people can’t even sit in Starbucks without getting arrested these days.

Two black Philadelphia men were hauled off in handcuffs after a Starbucks store manager called the police on them for “trespassing.” According to reports, the two men were sitting inside the Philadelphia Starbucks while waiting to meet up with a colleague. They asked to use the restroom and since they hadn’t purchased anything, their request was denied by employees. Then, they were asked to leave and that’s when the store manager called the cops to have them removed.

We wonder if this same policy exists at the Starbucks locations in places like Beverly Hills or any other high income area.

Local Jewish businessman Andrew Yaffe – the white man they were waiting on – tried to intervene, asking the officers why they were being arrested. Of course they didn’t answer.

Here's how it all went down:

Yep, the two black men who were not doing anything illegal were ARRESTED. For what exactly? Being black! We'd like to applaud these young men for keeping their cool and not giving these cops a real reason to arrest them. Not that they had one in the first place.

The guys were held in police custody for nearly nine hours before they were released. No charges were filed. Of course they weren't. They literally weren't doing anything wrong.

Once the clip of the men being arrested started going viral, folks started calling out Starbucks on social media to respond. The arrests prompted the #BoycottStarbucks hashstag and also protests at the Philly store.

Now, Starbucks is taking action.

 

 

The company is planning to close more than 8,000 U.S. stores one afternoon next month for “racial-bias education” training. The training session will be presented before 175,000 employees on May 29th. Hmm…we can’t help but wonder if they’ll hire black people or white people to lead these trainings.

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson went on "Good Morning America" to apologize to the men personally:

 

Starbucks also released an official statement regarding the arrests:

 

According to Philly.com, the manager in question has left her post in what a company spokeswoman called a “mutual” decision. However, there are conflicting reports on whether she was actually fired or if she left the company. It's also unclear if she is still with the company but in a different location.

 

Apple News journalist Christopher Norris confronted the store manager in the Philly coffee shop after the video started going viral. Here's why she said she called the cops:

“Holly – who wouldn’t give me her last name nor share a business card for fear that it would spark online stalking, either by me or whomever I passed her information along to – has managed the 18th & Spruce Street location for a year. And, during that time, she has encountered many individuals who loiter in the café with no intentions of purchasing; at least one of those persons, she claims, chased her around the store after she asked them to leave.

According to Holly – who grew visibly flustered during my unrelenting questioning – a corporate policy germane exclusively to Center City Philadelphia locations prohibits excessive loitering. And if that policy is violated, then management has the discretion to ensure it’s enforced, even if it means calling the police.

Holly told me that she doesn’t inform the customers that she’ll be calling the police.

Holly refused to answer whether it was normal for Baristas or management to call police when the loitering policy is violated by customers.”

He "chased her around the store" and no one recorded that? Oh. OK.

Actor/Philly native Kevin Hart took to Twitter to plead with Starbucks to make this ish right.

 

 

Then, he engaged in conversation with a fan who popped off on him for telling people not to boycott Starbucks:

 

 

 

 

 

As for one of the men...

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According to reports, the men wanted to remain anonymous, but one of them has been identified.

According to The Grio, one of the men who were arrested is Rashon Nelson. He is a member of the Alpha Eta chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity and attended Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania as a finance major from 2013-2017. Did we mention he's fine too? We couldn’t help ourselves.

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As protests to boycott Starbucks pop up, his fraternity brothers across the nation are rallying behind him in support after the arrest. The Grand Basileus of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Antonio F. Knox, Sr. released a statement addressing the Starbucks arrests.

Check it below:

Also...

The same thing happened to a man in a Los Angeles Starbucks as well:

 

 

A black man named Brandon Ward was also denied access to the bathroom at a Stabucks in L.A. for not purchasing anything. However, a white man WAS granted access to the bathroom who also hadn't purchased anything. He caught his encounter on camera as well. Check it above.

So, is the "racial bias training" enough or are we still boycotting Starbucks? Speak on it in the comments!

Photos: Reuters/Rashon's FB

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