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Apr 15 - Calls Grow to Boycott Starbucks After Bogus Arrest of Philadelphia Black Men


 
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 1 year ago '06        #1
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Apr 15 - Calls Grow to Boycott Starbucks After Bogus Arrest of Philadelphia Black Men
 

 
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Calls are growing for a boycott of the Starbucks coffee shop chain after police were filmed arresting two black men waiting for a friend in a branch in Philadelphia.

Under the #BoycottStarbucks hastag on Twitter, people accused the chain’s employees of racially profiling the men, and criticised police for arresting them when they refused to leave.




Late Saturday, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson apologised for the incident. He promised a thorough investigation of the incident caught on the now-viral video by a patron.


The men were accused of trespassing, but have said they were simply waiting for a friend before ordering.

“The video shot by customers is very hard to watch and the actions in it are not representative of our Starbucks mission and values,” Johnson said in a statement. He added, “The basis for the call to the Philadelphia police department was wrong.”

Philadelphia’s police commissioner on Saturday defended the arrest, saying his officers had to act after Starbucks employees told them the pair were trespassing.

Video of Thursday’s incident showed other patrons telling officers the pair were doing nothing wrong and appeared to have been targeted merely because of their race.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross said he knew the incident had prompted a lot of concern, but said his officers “did absolutely nothing wrong.”

In a video statement, Ross said store employees called 911 to report a disturbance and trespassing.

When officers arrived, Ross said, staff told them the two men had wanted to use the restroom but were informed it was only for paying customers. The pair repeatedly refused to leave when politely asked to do so by the employees and officers, he said.

“If you think about it logically, that if a business calls and they say that someone is here that I no longer wish to be in my business, they (the officers) now have a legal obligation to carry out their duties. And they did just that,” Ross said.

“They were professional in all their dealings with these gentlemen, and instead they got the opposite back.”

Ross said that as an African-American man he was acutely aware of implicit bias. “We are committed to fair and unbiased policing and anything less than that will not be tolerated in this department,” he said.

The two men were released, Ross said, after officers learned Starbucks was “no longer interested” in prosecuting them.



In a post on Twitter earlier on Saturday, Starbucks Corp said it was sorry for what took place.

Johnson added his apology, saying the company would review its policies and “further train our partners to better know when police a*sistance is warranted.”

Melissa DePino, an author who posted the video of the arrest, said staff called police because the two men had not ordered anything while waiting for a friend. She said white customers were “wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing.”

Police departments across the United States have come under criticism for repeated instances of k*lling unarmed black men in recent years, which activists blame on racial biases in the criminal justice system.


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187 comments for "Apr 15 - Calls Grow to Boycott Starbucks After Bogus Arrest of Philadelphia Black Men"

 1 year ago '17        #2
CJ Schwarz 69 heat pts69
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Why not a sit-in at that particular Starbucks?

 1 year ago '12        #3
OldBusiness 178 heat pts178
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Get ready for other Americans to come in this thread hating Americans for exercising their right to protest.

 1 year ago '16        #4
foshoVoodoo 251 heat pts251
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bye bye kimodo dragon expressos

 1 year ago '05        #5
Woodwin 4 heat pts
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White people not giving up No damn Starbucks

 1 year ago '17        #6
arms 21 heat pts21
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 CJ Schwarz said
Why not a sit-in at that particular Starbucks?

[video - click to view]


Top 10 most propped recently  1 year ago '07        #7
stogz 19 heat pts19
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no more starbucks for me.... although, i didn't drink it that much.

 1 year ago '17        #8
hiphop4ever 24 heat pts24
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Philly fu*kin up, but ima still have my tall chai lattes in the morning

 1 year ago '08        #9
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 hiphop4ever said
Philly fu*kin up, but ima still have my tall chai lattes in the morning
I rarely go to Starbucks but when I do it's usually a chai latte

 1 year ago '17        #10
Naga Sadow 32 heat pts32
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Just hurt a corporation the best way you can, hurting their wallets. They'll get the message real quick when their sticks drop and they'll sing their song and dance about diversity and intolerance in hopes their stocks go back up and level off. And it's all because some bigots wanted to act.

Gotta love it.


 1 year ago '14        #11
black cobra 864 heat pts864
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Never been to a Starbucks

That’s why it’s important to support black businesses it’s only a matter of time before these organizations under white supremacy do the same thing.

Boycott all them now

Top 10 most slapped recently  1 year ago '04        #12
dc3003 125 heat pts125
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I dont drink coffee and never been to starbucks so im with it lol

 1 year ago '04        #13
Sagat 2 heat pts
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nobody's got this manager's information yet?

Philly stand up??

 1 year ago '04        #14
D.IrIsH 369 heat pts369
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 foshoVoodoo said
bye bye kimodo dragon expressos
It's Espresso you uncivilized boar.



Boycott supported.

 1 year ago '16        #15
FlyinIron 
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 1 year ago '04        #16
Hardkore 10 heat pts10
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they should have not been arrested.

 1 year ago '05        #17
swyshasweets 
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it didn’t happen at my local starbucks so i dont give a fu*k.... my lil girl still get her iced coffee when she want

 1 year ago '11        #18
PhantomRaviolis 
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I don’t drink that bullsh*t anyway.

Liquid sugar in a cup for 5 dollars? Gtfo

 1 year ago '14        #19
Aries 99 heat pts99
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 swyshasweets said
it didn’t happen at my local starbucks so i dont give a fu*k.... my lil girl still get her iced coffee when she want
Slapped for giving your daughter that liquid diabetes and caffeine, thats bad parenting

 1 year ago '13        #20
marietta92 27 heat pts27
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Starbucks needs to pay those two men, whether there’s a boycott or not.

 1 year ago '13        #21
NY Knicka 23 heat pts23
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Black people boycotting Starbucks would not affect their bottom line. It’s not like we are their main customer. I would protest by “loitering”.

 1 year ago '13        #22
saintluc 3 heat pts
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I'm from Seattle and rarely if ever drank that sh*t. fu*k starbucks there's hundreds of other local baristas worth spending your money than a global leech like starbucks.




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gotta respect chicks wearing thongs in 45F degree temperature

 1 year ago '16        #23
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 Sagat said
nobody's got this manager's information yet?

Philly stand up??
Holly Hylton. She's wiped her social media but I think she's on LinkedIn still

 saintluc said
I'm from Seattle and rarely if ever drank that sh*t. fu*k starbucks there's hundreds of other local baristas worth spending your money than a global leech like starbucks.




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gotta respect chicks wearing thongs in 45F degree temperature
I saw these in Seattle and always thought they looked really unsafe and then that girl got flash fried when one exploded

 1 year ago '05        #24
dasill 12 heat pts12
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 NY Knicka said
Black people boycotting Starbucks would not affect their bottom line. It’s not like we are their main customer. I would protest by “loitering”.
I dont know if you have noticed this. But when these rallies and organized boycotting happen the majority of people marching and protesting are not black people

 1 year ago '05        #25
Daddy Black 2 heat pts
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Ive only had Starbucks three times ever. But this right here im all for it. Never having it again.

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