Over 8,000 Starbucks stores are closing after two people were arrested and convicted for trespassing.
On the 29th of May, all stores across the US will not be open. This will make sure all staff goe through a racial-bias education programme to make sure something like this never happens again.
This decision was made by CEO Kevin Johnson after a video went viral of two racially diverse people getting arrested in a Philadelphia.
They said they wanted to use the toilet but a staff member refused to let them use it unless they purchased something. Shortly after the store manager called the police to report trespassing which saw the two people getting arrested.
There were mixed reviews on the decision to close all Starbucks stores across the US.
Eugene GU, MD on Twitter said: “Starbucks closing 8,000 U.S stores to train 175,000 employees about racial and implicit bias is an excellent first step”.
However, on the other end of the spectrum, a Twitter user by the name of Michael Parola wrote: “I’m a white person who was told I couldn’t use the restroom at Starbucks unless I ordered something… does that mean Starbucks owes me an apology.”
Kevin Johnson said in an interview with CNN: “They didn’t deserve that” he also said the arrest “Should not have happened”. “I listened as they shared their personal experience with me,” Johnson said after he met up with the two men and apologised personally.
Johnson told CNN reporter Don Lemon this was the first step to making sure its Starbucks duty to ensure every customer feels “safe and welcomed”.