Starbucks CEO to Meet With Black Men Arrested at Philadelphia Store

Emmett Rice
April 17, 2018

"To me it was all lip service", said Johnson, whose district includes the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. An employee said Starbucks company policy was to refuse the use of the bathrooms to non-customers and asked the men to leave, according to Ross. South Texas Money Management Ltd. grew its stake in shares of Starbucks by 0.3% during the 2nd quarter. Yaffe runs a real estate development firm and wanted to discuss business investment opportunities with the two men. "What did they do?"

"Two young black men, who were simply waiting to be joined by a friend, were blatantly discriminated against based on their race". Meanwhile, a video of the incident, posted by Philadelphia novelist Melissa DePino, has been viewed more than 10 million times. You can find out more about that incident here. "This is a Jim Crow outrage", tweeted art instructor Rita Telaak.

The manager was removed from the location at 18th and Spruce street after another day of protests at the coffee house. "I believe a thorough review is fully warranted given the unfortunate outcome of this event, particularly at a time when our criminal justice reform efforts are focused on avoiding needless incarcerations".

Johnson said he has yet to speak to the men, who have retained an attorney.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross defended the actions of officers in the video saying his officers "did absolutely nothing wrong".

Hans Menos, executive director of Philadelphia's Police Advisory Commission, seen here in a file photo.

Johnson, who was interviewed from Philadelphia, said it was "completely inappropriate to engage the police". "We are committed to fair and unbiased policing and anything less than that will not be tolerated in this department".

Also on Monday afternoon, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said in a statement that the arrests represented "another ominous signal on the increasingly unsafe environment for African-Americans".

The incident has been a public relations disaster for the coffee chain.

Starbucks Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a roaster, marketer, and retailer of specialty coffee worldwide.

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To take it a step further, I applaud Starbucks for any attention they can bring to bear on the fact that there is probably no black person living today in America who has not experienced a raft of racial prejudice. "That's for (the arrested men) to decide why they didn't do that". Actress Gabourey Sidibe wrote on the Lemmy Letter, an online feminist newsletter, how she had been racially profiled at a Chanel store.

He said he believes if the two men "didn't have sweatsuits on, they wouldn't have been targeted". Johnson said the company has begun a thorough investigation of their practices.

"We put (the manager) in a position that did not allow her to be set up for success or those two men", Hymes told the crowd, explaining that Starbucks' policies, and not its employees, drove the arrests.

The demonstrators had demanded Starbucks fire the manager of the store for calling the police.

"This is not who were are, and it's not who we're going to be", CEO Kevin Johnson said in a video statement. "What happened was wrong, and we will fix it".

Actor-comedian Kevin Hart argued that it wasn't Starbucks the chain at fault, but the individual coffee shop. Our city is shining bright like a diamond right now.

"I can tell you that that police officer did not want to have to make an arrest in that incident", Ross said. I repeat please make this situation right! This is not a boycott @Starbucks situation.... "It's that simple... That's who needs to take responsibility for this wrongdoing". The company's CEO issued an apology and arrived in Philadelphia to meet with the men.

While Starbucks scrambles to rebuild trust with its patrons at it's Philadelphia location following the arrest of two black men, a new storm appears to be brewing at another.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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