Starbucks CEO apologetic for racist move to arrest two black men
Starbucks Chief Executive Officer Kevin Johnson is apologetic for the ‘racist move’ of one its branches in Philadelphia to have two black men arrested for not ordering a drink.
The video— which showed two black men being arrested while they were waiting for a friend— was shared and viewed a million times in the social media.
It particularly showed several uniformed police officers questioning the two men and eventually handcuffed them.
The woman who posted the video is Melissa DePino, who said “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 … All the other white (people) are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing,” DePino wrote on Twitter.
She said it was a Starbucks employee who called police.
“Starbucks stands firmly against discrimination or racial profiling,” Johnson said in a statement, which was reported by Agence France-Presse.
Johnson expressed the company’s “deepest apologies” to the men for what he said was the “reprehensible outcome” of the incident.
Johnson said the company would investigate the issue and would “make any necessary changes” to prevent a similar situation in the future.