Starbucks Closes San Angelo Stores for Anti-Bias Training Tuesday
SAN ANGELO, TX — Starbucks will be closing the San Angelo locations along with 8,000 stores nationwide to conduct anti-bias training at 2:30 p.m today. This is to restore the tarnished image of the coffee chain hangout.
Two black men were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks last month after the two were denied access to the bathroom while they were awaiting a business meeting. The two were arrested while patrons recorded the incident on their cellphones.
The video went viral and Starbucks has since released a statement saying, “anyone can use their restrooms even if they are not buying anything.”
The coffee chain’s leaders have apologized and met with the two men, they settled on an undisclosed sum and an offer of a free education. The two reached a deal with the city of Philadelphia for a symbolic $1 each and the promise that officials will establish a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs.
Starbucks reached out to activists and experts in bias training to put together a curriculum for the chain’s 175,000 employees. The training is used in many different organizations to help address racism in the workplace.
Starbucks will resume normal business hours tomorrow, but this may not be the last of the training. It could become a part of every employee’s training at Starbucks.