Starbucks is officially adopting an open-restroom policy at their coffee shops. This new policy comes after two African American men were arrested last month at a Starbucks in Philadelphia.
Customers witnessed the entire incident. The two men were waiting for a business client inside of a Starbucks location. They were waiting for the client to arrive and then they were planning to order. One of the men asked to use the washroom while they were waiting and things turned ugly.
The manager would not allow him to use the washroom and the police were called. The two men were arrested for "trespassing". Customers knew the incident was fuelled by racism because there was a white man sitting next to the two men that had not ordered any food and was still allowed to sit in the cafe.
Chairman of Starbucks, Howard Schultz says he doesn't want the company to become a public restroom, but he wants employees to make the right decision a hundred percent of the time.
The two men that were arrested, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, sparked a conversation about racial prejudices and Starbucks. Since then, the two men have settled with Starbucks for an undisclosed sum and an offer of a free college education.
Separately, they have reached a deal with Philadelphia for $1 each and a promise that the city will set up a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs.