Starbucks to close stores for racial-bias training on Tuesday

Starbucks to close stores for racial-bias training on Tuesday

Starbucks to close stores for racial-bias training on Tuesday

Starbucks will close around 8,000 of its stores across the US on Tuesday for sessions to educate staffers on unconscious bias and racism.

The chain was criticised last month when two black men were arrested while waiting for a friend at one of its stores in Philadelphia.

Starbucks will close 8,000 of its locations across the USA on May 29, and here's everything you need to know! The stores are expected to close between 2-3 p.m. Many of the Starbucks locations in airports, on college and private business campuses and within grocery and other retail stores will remain open for regular hours Tuesday.

But one Australian expert says the training - which will include a talk by the rapper Common - is unlikely to work.


"After investigating what happened, we determined that insufficient support and training, a company policy that defined customers as paying patrons - versus anyone who enters a store - and bias led to the decision to call the police", executive chairman Howard Schultz said in an open letter on Tuesday. From there, the company says, employees will "move into a real and honest exploration of bias". A few minutes later, the store manager called the cops on them and they were taken out in handcuffs. One of those changes is that Starbucks will allow people who have not purchased any beverages or food items from the store to use its bathrooms and sit inside.

The entire session will last four hours, the Associated Press reported. "Starbucks' employees will continue to operate in an environment that reinforces racial disparities", they wrote.

Corporate America began to embrace anti-bias training after the 2014 killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. "We will also make the curriculum available to the public", he added. "We are here to make sure Starbucks is a place where everyone, everyone feels welcome", says CEO Kevin Johnson in the video. And in the next few weeks, Ifill and McGhee will issue a report outlining a comprehensive set of issues they believe the company must address. It has said it intends to eventually share its training program with other companies. If so, employees are instructed to approach the customer, while another employee watches, and respectfully ask the customer to cease the offensive action.

Starbucks did not immediately respond to a request to clarify whether Tuesday's training will offer more advice or training to employees on how to maintain the new policy.

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