World’s leading coffee chain Starbucks announced that they will shut over 8,000+ stores in the USA for one day to conduct anti-bias training.
The announcement comes over an incident happened in Philadelphia Starbucks store last week, where the two African men were arrested for not ordering anything and using the bathroom.
The two men entered the Starbucks on Thursday and asked to use the bathroom. An employee told them it was only for the paying customers.
The Police were called reportedly by the manager when the two men sat in the store without placing the order. The men were arrested for trespassing. However, no charges have been filed.
As per the report, due to this incident, Starbucks will close the stores May 29 to offer the training to 175,000 employees.
“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,” the CEO of Starbucks, Kevin R. Johnson, said in a statement.
“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 statement added.
The employee who called the police is no longer employed by Starbucks, according to the reports.