Starbucks CEO apologized after the outrage over social media video of two black men arrested by police at one of the Starbucks café in Philadelphie while waiting for a friend.
A video filmed by a customer Melissa DePIno, of a Starbucks in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was massively relayed on social network. In this video you can see the two men, calmly sitting in one corner, being challenged and questioned and then handcuffed by several agents.
“The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white people are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing”.
Tweeted Melissa DePino.
According to her, it was an employee who called the police.
In this video you can also see another white client asking the police why are they arresting the two people and to release them. According to their lawyer, interviewed by the local channel CBS Philadelphia, they were waiting for someone for a business meeting.
In his statement CEO Kevin Johnson said: “Starbucks stands firmly against discrimination or racial profiling”. And of course the men were released after Starbucks declined to press any charges.