Starbucks will be closing more than eight thousand company-owned stores in the afternoon on May 29th for “racial-bias education.” The training is meant to prevent discrimination to make sure everyone feels safe and welcome.
Of course, this stems from the arrests of two black men at a Philadelphia store that sparked nationwide backlash. According to company officials, nearly 175 thousand Starbucks employees will learn about implicit bias, promoting conscious inclusion and preventing discrimination.
The training will also become a part of the Starbucks hiring process and will be available for other companies to use.
- Meanwhile…Californian Brandon Ward says he asked for the bathroom code at the store in Torrance back in January, but an employee told him he had to buy something first. Moments later, Ward says he saw a white man get the code without buying anything. Ward then confronted the employee and was escorted out by a security guard. Ward posted a video of the altercation, but it didn't gain any traction until two black men were recently arrested at the Philadelphia Starbucks. The Starbucks CEO has apologized to the men in Philly, but has not commented on Ward's