World Starbucks CEO apologizes to 2 black men arrested

23:06  15 april  2018
23:06  15 april  2018 Source:   Associated Press

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The CEO of Starbucks has apologized for an incident at one of the mammoth chain's Philadelphia cafes where two black men were arrested while waiting for a friend. A video of the incident, posted Thursday on Twitter, was viewed millions of times and drew widespread condemnation on social media.

The CEO of Starbucks issued a detailed apology over the weekend after a video that shows two black men being arrested in one of the company’s stores in Philadelphia went viral and sparked widespread outrage.

  Starbucks CEO apologizes to 2 black men arrested © Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

The CEO of Starbucks Corp. said he wants to personally apologize to two black men who were arrested while sitting inside one of the chain's coffee shops in Philadelphia, an incident that prompted accusations of racism on social media .

Starbucks "stands firmly against discrimination or racial profiling," Chief executive Kevin Johnson said in a statement. He said he wants to meet with the men to offer a "face-to-face apology."

A video posted online shows police handcuffing the men after a quiet discussion that lasted several minutes.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross said Starbucks employees called 911 to say the men were trespassing. He said officers were told the men had come in and asked to use the restroom but were denied because they hadn't bought anything. He said they then refused to leave.

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A video that shows two black men being arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks has drawn national outrage and prompted an apology from the coffee giant’s top executive . Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson on Saturday expressed his "deepest apologies " to the men

Johnson's statement didn't address exactly what led to the police call, but a Starbucks spokeswoman said the store where the arrests occurred has a policy that restrooms were for paying customers only. In the video, no Starbucks items are visible in front of either of the men.

Johnson said the company's practices and training led to a "bad outcome," and the reason for the call that brought police into the shop was incorrect.

"Our store manager never intended for these men to be arrested and this should never have escalated as it did," said the statement. Johnson said videos of the arrest were "very hard to watch," and the company was investigating.

"We also will further train our partners to better know when police assistance is warranted," said Johnson. "Additionally, we will host a company-wide meeting next week to share our learnings, discuss some immediate next steps and underscore our long-standing commitment to treating one another with respect and dignity."

Police haven't released the names of the men who were arrested. A spokesman for the district attorney's office said the two were released "because of lack of evidence" that a crime had been committed, but declined further comment, citing a police investigation.

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