Washington D.C. [USA], Apr 15 (ANI): Following outrage over the controversial arrest of two black men in Philadelphia, Starbucks has apologised for the "disheartening situation."
Earlier this week, a video showing officers taking the men away in handcuffs went viral on social media. Reportedly, the employees at the store called the police after the men wanted to use the bathroom without buying anything.
Starbucks' CEO Kevin Johnson, in a letter posted on Twitter Sunday, said the company was reviewing its policies.
"The video shot by customers is very hard to watch and the actions in it are not representative of our Starbucks Mission and Values," he said.
We regret that our practices and training led to the reprehensible outcome at our Philadelphia store. We're taking immediate action to learn from this and be better. A statement from ceo Kevin Johnson: https://t.co/kPav8bEeOX— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) April 15, 2018
Post the incident, social media users called for a Starbucks boycott for 'racial profiling'.
"Until 2 black men can sit in a @Starbucks and enjoy a coffee without getting arrested I won't be going back. Do better Starbucks. #BoycottStarbucks," wrote one user.
"Apparently you will be arrested if you're black, and waiting for a friend at Starbucks. So #SittingWhileBlackAtStarbucks will get you arrested. #BoycottStarbucks," wrote another.
Some people think there is no such thing as racial profiling. That it is made-up or an exaggeration. It's not. This type of thing still happens in America. People get arrested for doing nothing...but being black or being Hispanic.@Starbucks, you got some explaining to do. https://t.co/f1yo8akksW— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) April 14, 2018