American 8000 Starbucks Store Out of Business for Half a Day
- Release on :2018-5-30
On May 29, about 8,000 Starbucks stores across the United States will close for half a day in the afternoon on May 29 local time, aiming to allow employees to participate in anti-racist training.
The Starbucks move came from an incident that occurred before. In April, at a Starbucks store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, two African American men stopped waiting for a friend and were arrested by the police. After being recorded by the on-site customer and uploaded to the social network, the incident triggered intense reaction from the outside world. The protests even threatened to boycott Starbucks.
Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson has already apologized and pledged that the group has conducted a comprehensive review of such behavior. The Starbucks Group stated in a statement that it will conduct training for staff members aimed at prohibiting discrimination in Starbucks stores. The training will involve approximately 175,000 Starbucks employees across the United States.