Starbucks plans to close 8,000 American stores for one afternoon to train employees on racial bias. This comes as a result of two black men getting arrested in a Philadelphia store and having the whole ordeal caught on video. The two men claim to have been waiting for a friend, but the store employee still called the cops on them. There was also another racist Starbucks video in which a black man was denied using the restroom while a white man was allowed to use it - and neither of the men had purchased anything.
The closing date is on May 29 and they will train approximately 175,000 workers.
"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."
Starbucks says the training will be developed with guidance from experts including former Attorney General Eric Holder.
Critics claim the training is pointless and that Starbucks should fire the racist employees. Others believe the training is a wake-up call and hope that the employees can learn how to be better people.
Then there are people like me who just want Starbucks to make better food and stop putting so much sugar in their drinks.
Do you think the racial bias training is just Starbucks way to act like they're sorry? Do you think the employees should be fired or retrained for their mistakes?
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