Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Markets | By Terence Owen

Starbucks Closes Shops For Afternoon Of Anti-Bias Training

Starbucks Closes Shops For Afternoon Of Anti-Bias Training

Though it meant going without their coffee for an afternoon, customers applauded the company for shutting down so that employees could go through training about racial bias, following the April arrest of two black men who were waiting for a business associate at a Philadelphia Starbucks.

The company announced mandatory training after a cellphone video capturing a Philadelphia Starbucks store manager racially profiled two black men. The company was holding training sessions at its 8,000 USA stores following an outcry over the arrest of two black men last month for sitting in a Philadelphia Starbucks without buying anything.

The arrests in Philadelphia were a major embarrassment for Starbucks, which has long projected itself as a socially conscious company and has promoted its stores as a place for people to gather outside of their homes and offices.

Earlier this month, a 22-year-old black man was choked by police at a Waffle House in North Carolina after taking his sister to prom, the fourth incident at outlets of the restaurant to attract national attention in less than two weeks.

According to the company, employees at its stores will undergo training "to address implicit bias, promote conscious inclusion, prevent discrimination and ensure everyone inside a Starbucks store feels safe and welcome".

"Our hope is that these learning sessions and discussions will make a difference within and beyond our stores", said Starbucks Executive Vice President (US Retail) Rossann Williams in a note to the company's partners.

For the training, Starbucks commissioned a short film by award-winning documentarian Stanley Nelson about race in America.

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"Sometimes, however, we fall short, disappointing ourselves and all of you", he added.

"Whether we want to admit it or not, we all have unconscious biases", Schultz said at the 2015 session held at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles. Almost 1.75 lakh employees participated in the "learning session".

Starbucks is closing more than 8,000 of its locations this afternoon to conduct anti-bias training.

Customers sit on the patio of a Chicago Starbucks store after it was closed on May 29.

"We don't view it as an expense - we view it as an investment in our people and the long-term culture and values of Starbucks", he told reporters in NY.

"Personally, I don't have anything against an organization deciding that they want to limit who comes in the doors to customers".

"I have to make sure that my hands are visible when I walk into certain places, so they make sure I'm not stealing", the man says.

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