Starbucks Canada will close all of their company-operated stores and offices for the afternoon so that employees can participate in the same sessions that their American counterparts underwent on May 29th.
On May 29, 8,000 Starbucks stores in the U.S. were closed as employees underwent ‘anti-bias’ training. Here in Canada, however, stores remained open—but similar employee training sessions are in the works.
Today (June 11th), Starbucks Canada will close all of their company-operated stores and offices for the afternoon as staff undergo training to prevent implicit bias.
We believe everyone should be treated with respect & want to ensure everyone in a Starbucks store feels safe & welcome. On 6/11 we will close all Canadian company-operated stores & offices for the afternoon to hold implicit bias & conscious inclusion sessions with our partners. pic.twitter.com/ARyXkgkq1r
— Starbucks Canada (@StarbucksCanada) May 4, 2018
The staff training is a direct response to an incident that took place at a Philadelphia Starbucks in April, where two Black men were led away in handcuffs after a store manager called the cops because they were sitting at a table without purchasing anything. (The men had also been denied use of the washroom; it turns out they were just waiting for another person to join them.)
A customer in the shop caught the whole thing on camera and footage subsequently went viral, setting off heated discussions online about racial profiling.
In response to the backlash, the CEO of Starbucks personally went to Philly to apologize to the men—who had been held in jail for several hours before being released without charges—and announced these store closures for training for its 175,000 employees.
The Seattle-based corporation also changed its policy so that anyone who wanted to would be able to use the restroom, purchase optional.
SOURCE – Flare
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