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After social media outrage, Starbucks apologises for arresting two black men in Philadelphia

A video went viral on the social media which shows officers taking the men away in handcuffs. Reportedly, the men wanted to use the toilets without buying anything.

Written by: India TV Buzz Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: April 15, 2018 14:09 IST ]
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After social media outrage, Starbucks apologises for arresting two black men in Philadelphia

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 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

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.

(With ANI Inputs)

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