Nationwide coffee retailer Starbucks announced Tuesday its plan to shutter all of its 8,000 locations on May 29th, vowing to educate their employees about “racial bias” after the public uproar over the arrest of two African American men who asked to use the bathroom.
The “racial bias” training will be provided to all of the coffee giant’s 175,000 employees; educating the workers on sensitivity, bias, and the appropriate methods for contacting local law enforcement should they need to do so.
“I’ve spent the last few days in Philadelphia with my leadership team listening to the community, learning what we did wrong and the steps we need to take to fix it,” Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said in a statement.
“While this is not limited to Starbucks, we’re committed to being a part of the solution,” he said. “Closing our stores for racial bias training is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company and partnerships in our local communities.”
“The two men entered the Starbucks on Thursday and asked to use to the bathroom,” writes Fox News. “An employee told them it was only for paying customers. When they then sat in the store without ordering anything, the manager called police, and the men were arrested for trespassing. No charges were filed.”
COFFEE CHAOS: California ORDERS Starbucks to WARN Customers of 'Coffee Risk'
A judge in California sided with a local non-profit group this week and ordered coffee retail giant Starbucks and other purveyors to warn customers of the drink’s “cancer risk,” saying chemicals used in the roasting process can be harmful to people’s health.
“The lawsuit claimed those companies violated state law, which requires them to warn consumers about chemicals in the roasting process that may cause cancer. One of those chemicals is acrylamide, which is a carcinogen,” writes ABC News.
It’s unclear how one of the nation’s largest coffee manufacturers plans to comply with the ruling; with experts predicting cigarette-style warnings on future Starbuck’s disposable cups.
The judge’s decision echoes a similar lawsuit years ago, when national fast-food chain McDonald’s was compelled to warn customers of the drink’s “Hot Temperature” risk.
The move comes as California residents struggle to come to terms with decades of liberal policies and the state’s ‘Sanctuary City’ guidelines; prompting many locals to flee the region’s high taxes and soaring crime rates.
PELOSI’S NIGHTMARE: Starbucks RAISES WAGES, EXPANDS BENEFITS After GOP Tax Cuts
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s “apocalypse” continued to crash and burn this week, with coffee retail giant Starbucks announcing its plan to dramatically expand employee benefits and wages in the wake of the massive GOP tax cuts.
The global coffee-chain revealed their drastic re-investment on Wednesday, vowing to spend over $250 million on higher wages, expanded employee benefits, increased stock options, as well as creating thousands of new jobs across the country.
According to CNBC, the company directly credits the recent overhaul of the US tax code as the main factor behind their decision, saying, “Investing in our partners has long been our strategy, and due to the recent changes in U.S. tax law, we are able to accelerate some significant partner investments.”
“Just as we have always felt strongly that our partners are key to our business success, we have also known offering a valuable, comprehensive benefits package helps us retain our valuable partners,” said Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson. “The value of Starbucks benefit package [fully accessed] is unmatched by other retailers and provides thousands of dollars above the value of other companies compensation offerings.”
Starbucks is the latest American-based corporation to announce major reinvestments and expansion in the US economy following the recently passed GOP tax cuts. In recent weeks, Walmart, Visa, American Airlines, Disney, and others have vowed to raise wages and pay out big bonuses across the country.