Starbucks isn’t the first chain to come under fire in recent racially charged incidents

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CNN reports that even though federal law outlaws discrimination in public restaurants and cafes, there are still incidents in which black customers wait longer to be served, are asked to pay before a meal or sometimes subjected to arrest. In response to the unnecessary arrests of two Black men who visited a Starbucks location in Philadelphia, the company will close its almost 8,000 company-owned stores in the United States for the afternoon on May 29 to teach employees about racial bias. However, Starbucks is just one of the many restaurant chains that have faced accusations of racial discrimination recently. Read the full article from CNN.

Starbucks CEO wants to meet 2 men arrested in Philadelphia store

StarbucksStarbucks CEO Kevin Johnson says the arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks was “wrong” and “reprehensible,” and says he hopes to meet with the men soon, The Washington Post reports. The manager of the Starbucks no longer works there, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. Johnson told ABC News that he hopes to personally apologize for what happened and says he wants to make sure it never happens again. The Inquirer  and The Daily Beast report that about 40 people protested the arrest at the store where it happened on Monday. A video of the arrests has been posted on YouTube.