Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Outrage after two black men arrested in a Starbucks - for doing nothing

Outrage after two black men arrested in a Starbucks - for doing nothing

In one video, Yaffe arrives to tell police the two men were waiting for him.

Starbucks is forced to sell a cup of coffee for a small fortune, because their clientele will nurse a cup of Java for hours while they take advantage of the free Wi-Fi.

Moulton was referring to President Trump's pardon on Friday of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who was convicted of lying to investigators and obstruction of justice in 2007. But even if that was an appropriate implementation of the store's policy, it still doesn't explain why the men were asked to leave, nor why the police were then called on them. A store manager had asked the two men to leave after they attempted to use the bathroom but had not made any purchases, police said.

Starbucks issued an apology Saturday, saying it was "disappointed this [incident] led to an arrest".

Two black men had been arrested waiting for their friend at a local Starbucks for a business meeting.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross said he knew the incident had prompted a lot of concern, but said his officers "did absolutely nothing wrong".

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"The police did not just happen upon this event - they did not just walk into Starbucks to get a coffee", Ross said in his video.

Kenney said he's "heartbroken to see Philadelphia in the headlines for an incident like that", which he says "appears to exemplify what racial discrimination looks like in 2018".

Starbucks has apologized for how the customers were treated, expressing disappointment that the incident led to an arrest.

"Our store manager never intended for these men to be arrested and this should never have escalated as it did", said his statement. Later that day, while the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks was trending on Twitter, Kevin R. Johnson, the chief executive of Starbucks, released a statement in which he called the situation a "reprehensible outcome".

'We take these matters seriously and clearly have more work to do when it comes to how we handle incidents in our stores.

"Companies have gone out of their way to establish the kind of emotional bonds and product delivery that they think is going to build engagement and loyalty and, ultimately, profits", said Passikoff, of Brand Keys Inc.

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As of Sunday, about 150 people RSVPed on Facebook to a planned "Shut Down Starbucks" rally on Monday morning organized by the Philadelphia Coalition for REAL Justice. "This country was built on the backs of black and brown people and now Starbucks is going to treat us like were second-class".

However the footage of the incident, which has received almost nine million views so far, sparked criticism and calls for a boycott of the Starbucks coffee store. "That's what this is about", Khalif said.

Starbucks has since tweeted an apology.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said Starbucks' apology "is not enough".

He asked Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations to review the firm's policies and procedures, including if they're employees have, or need, any type of bias training.

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