After the outrage over the controversial arrest of two black men in Philadelphia, Starbucks has apologised for the disheartening situation. Earlier this week, a video went viral on the social media which shows officers taking the men away in handcuffs. Reportedly, the employees at the store called the police after the men wanted to use the toilets without buying anything.
Starbucks' CEO Kevin Johnson, in a letter posted on Twitter Sunday, said the company was reviewing its policies.
"The video shot by customers is very hard to watch and the actions in it are not representative of our Starbucks Mission and Values," he said.
We apologize to the two individuals and our customers for what took place at our Philadelphia store on Thursday. pic.twitter.com/suUsytXHks
We apologize to the two individuals and our customers for what took place at our Philadelphia store on Thursday. pic.twitter.com/suUsytXHks— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) April 14, 2018
We regret that our practices and training led to the reprehensible outcome at our Philadelphia store. We’re taking immediate action to learn from this and be better. A statement from ceo Kevin Johnson: https://sbux.co/2veMz8m
We regret that our practices and training led to the reprehensible outcome at our Philadelphia store. We’re taking immediate action to learn from this and be better. A statement from ceo Kevin Johnson: https://t.co/kPav8bEeOX— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) April 15, 2018
The basis for the call to that led to the arrest of two men in a Philadelphia Starbucks was wrong and it should never have been made, wrote ceo Kevin Johnson in an open letter apologizing to custom...
Post the incident, social media users called for a Starbucks boycott for 'racial profiling'.
"Until 2 black men can sit in a @Starbucks and enjoy a coffee without getting arrested I won't be going back. Do better Starbucks. #BoycottStarbucks," wrote one user.
"Apparently you will be arrested if you're black, and waiting for a friend at Starbucks. So #SittingWhileBlackAtStarbucks will get you arrested. #BoycottStarbucks," wrote another.
Some people think there is no such thing as racial profiling. That it is made-up or an exaggeration. It’s not. This type of thing still happens in America. People get arrested for doing nothing...but being black or being Hispanic.@Starbucks, you got some explaining to do. https://t.co/f1yo8akksW— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) April 14, 2018
I'm done. I'm absolutely done with watching while Black people are criminalized, arrested, shot at, and executed because white folks cannot police their imagination.— Andray 🏳️🌈 (@andraydomise) April 14, 2018
There is no earthly reason two men simply waiting on a friend at @Starbucks should have ended up in handcuffs.
Just rec'd this message from #Starbuck's CEO. Federal & local public accommodations laws require that stores like Starbucks provide equal access to consumers regardless of race. This incident sends a loud message: No Blacks Allowed. #StarbucksWhileBlack https://t.co/9EDZ8sJ0tD— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) April 15, 2018
(With ANI Inputs)