All Starbucks To Close On May 29 For Racial-Bias Education Day

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You won't be able to get coffee on May 29th, at least at Starbucks, because all of the chain's company-owned cafes will be closed that day to conduct racial-bias education. 

The sensitivity training will affect roughly 8,000 Starbucks in the U.S. and 175,000 employees nationwide. The initiative stems from a recent incident at a Philadelphia Starbucks. Two black men, asking to use the bathroom were denied, then when they refused to leave, they were arrested for trespassing. 

"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. 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.

Will you Starbucks fans go elsewhere on May 29th?

TSR Staff: Kyle Anfernee Instagram: @Kyle.Anfernee Starbucks isn’t playing with its employees when it comes to racial discrimination because the franchise plans to close all of its 8,000 company-owned stores in the United States for one afternoon to educate employees about racial bias, according to @CNNMoney. ___________________________________ The announcement comes after the arrest of two black men who were waiting patiently for a friend at a local Philadelphia Starbucks last week. The store manager racially profiled them and called the police. ___________________________________ The training will go down on May 29th and over 175,000 workers are expected to participate. ___________________________________ "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 is taking this training very serious because they’ve reached out to—Read More At TheShadeRoom.com

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