Starbucks is Closing All Stores for One Day – Here’s Why
Starbucks is closing all it's 8000 plus stores in the U.S. and here's why. The chain will shut down on the afternoon of May 29 for racial-bias education to prevent discrimination in stores. The training will be provided to nearly 175,000 employees.
The training comes after 2 black men were arrested inside a Philadelphia Starbucks. The store manager can be heard telling 911 "I have 2 gentlemen in my store that are refusing to make a purchase or leave." Police arrived and led the 2 men out in handcuffs despite other customers telling them the men did nothing wrong.
Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson met with both men to personally apologize and is planning on making things right. “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,” said Johnson. “While this is not limited to Starbucks, we’re committed to being a part of the solution. 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.”
"We will learn from our mistakes and reaffirm our commitment to creating a safe and welcoming environment for every customer," said executive chairman Howard Schultz.
If you need your Starbucks fix, you'd better get it in the morning on May 29th, because every store will be closed in the afternoon.