Nationwide coffee retailer Starbucks announced Tuesday its plan to shutter all of its 8,000 locations on May 29th, vowing to educate their employees about “racial bias” after the public uproar over the arrest of two African American men who asked to use the bathroom.
The “racial bias” training will be provided to all of the coffee giant’s 175,000 employees; educating the workers on sensitivity, bias, and the appropriate methods for contacting local law enforcement should they need to do so.
“I’ve spent the last few days in Philadelphia with my leadership team listening to the community, learning what we did wrong and the steps we need to take to fix it,” Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said in a statement.
“While this is not limited to Starbucks, we’re committed to being a part of the solution,” he said. “Closing our stores for racial bias training is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company and partnerships in our local communities.”
“The two men entered the Starbucks on Thursday and asked to use to the bathroom,” writes Fox News. “An employee told them it was only for paying customers. When they then sat in the store without ordering anything, the manager called police, and the men were arrested for trespassing. No charges were filed.”