Starbucks Changed This Policy After Unnecessary Arrest Of Two Black Men

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After almost being boycotted after a racially charged arrest of two black men in April, Starbucks has announced a new policy: Anyone can use the bathroom or sit in any of their locations whether they make a purchase or not, the Chicago Sun Times reports.

This policy change comes weeks after Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson were arrested after a Starbucks barista called the police on them because they were sitting inside the Philadelphia location waiting on a third party without ordering anything. By the time the third person arrived, Nelson and Robinson were in handcuffs.

Besides changing their policy, Starbucks still plans to shut down more than 8,000 locations for racial bias employee training on May 29th.

In Nelson and Robinson’s settlement with Starbucks earlier this month, they received an undisclosed amount of money and an offer for an expense-free education. They also settled with the city of Philadelphia for $1 and a $200,000 program for entrepreneurs.


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