Starbucks CEO apologizes to two black men arrested inside coffee shot
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The CEO of Starbucks Corp. said he wants to personally apologize to two black men who were arrested while sitting inside one of the chain’s coffee shops in Philadelphia, an incident that prompted accusations of racism on social media .
Starbucks “stands firmly against discrimination or racial profiling,” Chief executive Kevin Johnson said in a statement. He said he wants to meet with the men to offer a “face-to-face apology.”
A video posted online shows police handcuffing the men after a quiet discussion that lasted several minutes.
Police Commissioner Richard Ross said Starbucks employees called 911 to say the men were trespassing. He said officers were told the men had come in and asked to use the restroom but were denied because they hadn’t bought anything. He said they then refused to leave.