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Black men arrested at Starbucks agree to meet with CEO.

The two black men who were arrested at a Starbucks last week have agreed to meet with the coffee giant’s CEO, and the store manager who called the cops has left the location. Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson is scrambling to contain the uproar after two African-American men were arrested last week at a Philadelphia Starbucks...
Time: 15:19     Date: 16.04.2018
Last US Business News: Black men arrested at Starbucks agree to meet with CEO. NY Post 24 - US News

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson is scrambling to contain the uproar after two African-American men were arrested last week at a Philadelphia Starbucks for trespassing.

While the two men had been waiting to meet a real-estate developer — who showed up the same time the cops arrived and was captured on video blasting the arrest as “absolute discrimination” — the manager called 911 because they hadn’t ordered anything.

In a Monday interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Johnson called the arrests “reprehensible” and said he hoped to meet with the two men face-to-face while he conducts an apology tour in Philly to head off a #BoycottStarbucks movement.

“As we’re working to solve this, I’d like to invite them to join me in finding a constructive way to solve this issue,” Johnson said.

The two men, who haven’t released a public statement, have reportedly hired a lawyer. They were released eight hours after their arrest, and prosecutors said they won’t file any charges against them.

In a video post on Sunday, Johnson had insisted Starbucks wouldn’t fire the white store manager who called the police.

@Starbucks The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing. pic.twitter.com/0U4Pzs55Ci

— Melissa DePino (@missydepino) April 12, 2018

“I believe the blame is misplaced,” Johnson said. “This is a management issue. I own it.”

Nevertheless, the store manager has left his position in a “mutual decision,” according to a Starbucks spokesperson. It remained unclear whether he had left the company or was moved to another location.

Protesters on Monday swarmed outside the Starbucks in downtown Philly, chanting, “Starbucks coffee is anti-black!” A Starbucks spokeswoman said protesters were allowed inside the store without being asked to buy anything.

Protesters also have called for the cops who arrested the men to be fired, but the Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said Saturday that the officers “did absolutely nothing wrong.”

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, meanwhile, slammed Starbucks, saying the incident “appears to exemplify what racial discrimination looks like in 2018.”

Starbucks shares were up 0.5 percent Monday afternoon at $59.51.

“The stock market is suggesting that the company seems to be handling the situation reasonably well,” said restaurant analyst Mark Kalinowski of Kalinowski Equity Research.

It’s the first major race-related mess Starbucks has faced since the company’s misguided #RaceTogether publicity campaign in 2015. The initiative, in which baristas were encouraged to strike up conversations with customers about race relations, quickly became the butt of late-night TV jokes.

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