Starbucks to Close Stores Tuesday Afternoon for Racial Bias Training

By Anna Breuer on 29 May 2018
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Starbucks said it will temporarily close 8,000 stores for several hours Tuesday afternoon to conduct training and raise employees awareness of racial bias.

The move follows an incident in Philadelphia last month in which two black men were arrested simply for waiting for a friend’s arrival in a store before placing an order.

In a letter to customers sent Monday morning, company CEO Howard Schulz said that the situation in Philadelphia “was reprehensible and does not represent our company’s mission and enduring values.”

Schultz added that the incident “prompted us to reflect more deeply on all forms of bias, the role of our stores in communities and our responsibility to ensure that nothing like this happens again at Starbucks.”

The training that is conducted Tuesday will become part of how the company trains all new employees as well.

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