[NEWS] : Starbucks Announces New Policy – No Purchase Necessary to Sit in Cafes

Written by on May 20, 2018

After the backlash that Starbucks received when their manager called the police on two African American men while waiting on their friend, Starbucks has released a new policy where no purchase is necessary to sit and wait.

“We are committed to creating a culture of warmth and belonging where everyone is welcome,” Starbucks said in a statement. Starbucks says they’ve instructed employees to consider everyone who walks into their stores a customer, “regardless of whether they make a purchase.”

“While this is not limited to Starbucks, we’re committed to being a part of the solution. 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,” said Kevin Johnson, CEO of Starbucks.

Nelson and Robinson settled with Starbucks earlier this month for an undisclosed amount of money and an offer of free college education. They also reached a symbolic deal with the city of Philadelphia for $1 and the promise from city officials to set up a program for young entrepreneurs.

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