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Starbucks CEO apologizes publicly to two black men arrested at an outlet

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The CEO of Starbucks has now released a public apology to two black men who were arrested in one of the company’s coffee shops in Philadelphia. The men were arrested for sitting idly in the coffe shop.

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The photos of the black men being taken away in handcuff surfaced on the internet some few days back and it immediately went viral. The incident has rocketed around social media over the last couple days.

Chief executive Kevin Johnson released a statement this weekend confirming that Starbucks “stands firmly against discrimination or racial profiling” and indicated that he wants to meet with the two men, who were arrested by Philadelphia police after a store employee called the cops to relay how the pair had just been sitting in the restaurant.

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The story broke online first when a woman at the Starbucks relayed what was going on:

@Starbucks The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing.

According to reports, the Starbucks employee in question called police to say that the men were trespassing; he said the men had come in and asked to use the restroom, but were denied because they didn’t buy anything.

The men then allegedly refused to leave, according to the Starbucks employee.

Johnson’s letter further apologized for the incident (below):

“Our store manager never intended for these men to be arrested and this should never have escalated as it did. We also will further train our partners to better know when police assistance is warranted. 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.”

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