Starbucks Manager Who Called Police On Two Black Men Has Left The Company
UPDATE: The Starbucks manager who called the police on two black men as they waited for a friend to show up has left the company in what a Starbucks spokesperson called a “mutual” decision.
In a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer, the unidentified manager of the Starbucks establishment has left. Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson has since apologized for the incident, saying what happened to the men was “reprehensible.” In that same report Johnson said he wants to meet with the pair in person to apologize, and to ensure it is not repeated in the future.
Activists have continued to appear at the Starbucks location to protest.
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The two unidentified black men were placed in handcuffs and led out of Starbucks without an explanation. Since Philly police have launched an investigation.
Social media has been lit ablaze after novelist Melissa DePino posted a video on Twitter, capturing the moment when two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks for reasons unknown. The two unidentified black men were placed in handcuffs and led out of the Starbucks on 18th and Spruce Streets as confused witnesses pressed police for an explanation.
@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. pic.twitter.com/0U4Pzs55Ci
— Melissa DePino (@missydepino) April 12, 2018
According to reports, the police were initially called because the two black men had not ordered anything and were waiting on a friend. So, essentially, these two black men who were “waiting while black” were arrested, placed in a cop car, and considered a threat without actually doing anything. In a longer video of the incident, which is about eight minutes in length and can be seen below, shows the black men being calm throughout the encounter with police. And one of the officers can be heard saying the men were asked to leave the Starbucks for reasons that remain unclear.
We’re aware of the incident on Thursday in a Philadelphia store with 2 guests and law enforcement, resulting in their removal. We’re reviewing the incident with our partners, law enforcement and customers to determine what took place and led to this unfortunate result.
— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) April 14, 2018
Both the video on Twitter and the longer version on YouTube generated intense scrutiny of Starbucks and the situation as a whole because why do certain people find it acceptable to make biased assumptions? A: Because racism and racial profiling. Witnesses to the arrest were shocked and confused, as Melissa DePino captured the whole thing. Later on, she said that the two men were released from detainment without any charges being filed.
Starbucks said that the Philadelphia police will conduct an internal investigation into the situation.
SOURCE: The Grio