Starbucks shuts 8000 US stores for racial bias training

Starbucks shuts 8000 US stores for racial bias training

Coffeehouse chain Starbucks has closed over 8,000 stores across the United States for a day to train its employees in avoiding bias. They had been there to meet a client for a business meeting, a common occurrence at Starbucks locations nationwide.

Today, on May 29, 2018, however, every single Starbucks will close its doors to customers at 2:30 p.m. local time for anti-bias training.

Within two minutes after entering the store, the manager called 911 and police officers arrested the men for trespassing and walked them out of the store in handcuffs when they refused requests to leave. As a result, the two men were both arrested.

Caffeine lovers found themselves stumped when discovering that the stores were closed for up to four hours. They also reached a deal with the city of Philadelphia for a symbolic $1 each and a promise from officials to establish a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs.

"My thing is give us a chance", said Pugh.

The company said its workers will be asked to consider the impact of racial discrimination on public spaces "from the civil rights movement all the way to today".

"We determined that insufficient support and training, a company policy that defined customers as paying patrons - versus anyone who enters a store - and bias led to the decision to call the police", he said.

One frequent Starbucks customer in Columbia is Mike Swanson, an associate professor at the University of Missouri's Journalism school. He says he had similar experiences of being profiled growing up in Brooklyn. We want this to be an open and honest conversation starting with our partners.

Americans in need of a Tall Matcha Green Tea Creme Frappucino will be left wanting today as Starbucks closes more than 8,000 cafes across the USA on Tuesday to conduct "unconscious bias training". A representative of the company said that Starbucks would use the material in its regular training, including for new hires.

The incident sparked an outcry prompting CEO Kevin Johnson to apologise.

"We still aspire to be a place where everyone feels welcome", Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz said in a statement Tuesday.

Sometimes, however, we fall short, disappointing ourselves and all of you.

"Well, I think like many people, it produced that same very familiar sinking feeling and anger, you know, first that the police were called for what was clearly a matter that did not require law enforcement, and then that these men were arrested by the police in that Starbucks".