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Starbucks manager leaves company after calling police on two black men

Starbucks manager leaves company after calling police on two black men

The incident drew major backlash against the company, including local protests at the Starbucks in the video, where activists chanted "Starbucks coffee is anti-black" and demanded that the manager be fired.

If an employee approaches someone who is waiting for a friend, she says they "hold back" before taking additional action.

In a letter from Johnson , he said the company will work with outside experts and community leaders to understand and adopt best practices.

In the wake of protests against Starbucks and news that two black men were arrested at a location in Philadelphia for, well, being black, video surfaced from another Starbucks location in Southern California where similar discriminatory treatment took place.

The attorney of the two Black men, Stewart Cohen, states that this was a clear and distinctive case of racial profiling.

The Philadelphia Inquirer identified the white man as real estate developer Andrew Yaffe.

The man filming saw a white man leave the restroom and asked if he had made a purchase.

Another witness heard in the video exclaims "That's absolutely discrimination!" "Does anybody else think this is ridiculous?" "It's absolute discrimination." To which another woman off-camera says, "They didn't do anything".

Prosecutors in Philadelphia have announced they will not pursue charges against the men. A company spokesperson said Starbucks does not have a broad policy prohibiting people from using restrooms or sitting inside for free, allowing individual stores to set their own rules. "It's just too much that's been left undone when it comes to us being treated equally and fairly in this country".

Other protesters off camera chime in, saying, "Not at all" and "Never been, never been". That's right: they called the police on a man who simply wanted to use the bathroom. "What did they get called for?" he asks.

"Our store manager never intended for these men to be arrested and this should never have escalated as it did".

The crowd of Monday morning protesters, racially diverse and about 40 strong, foreclosed any hope of obtaining a morning caffeine boost, to the irritation of at least one customer who was escorted out while shouting that staff had done nothing wrong. There is not even any indication that they were there for a long period of time. This apology specificly mentions the two people that were arrested. He added that the apology from Starbucks "is not enough" and that he would ask the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations to examine the firm's policies and procedures and whether there should be bias training for its employees. "These two gentlemen did not deserve what happened". My only hope is that this incident further illustrated to people that when POC are talking about experiencing micro and macro aggression due to their race, it's not in our heads.