Friday, December 3, 2021

Starbucks Issues Weak-ass Apology for Having 2 Men Arrested for ‘Waiting While Black’ (WATCH)

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*Starbucks finds itself in deep doo-doo (in the court of public opinion) and is bracing for a swift fallout from social media which could also cause a steep drop in its stock price. It’s all because of what went down at one of its stores in Philadelphia where two black men were arrested and treated like utter criminals all because they had the audacity sit and wait for a friend to arrive for a meeting.

Oops, we think somebody done effed up. BIG.

The story is that the two black men (real estate brokers, by the way) were sitting in Starbucks, minding their own business, when all of a sudden they found themselves handcuffed and taken to the police station. Even the white customers who witnessed them being handcuffed and marched out of the store for no reason – other than being guilty of “waiting while black” – were confused, pissed off, and even questioned the cops who arrested them.

Fortunately, a white customer named Melissa DePino, caught the whole thing on her phone and after she posted the video, it went viral.

Oops again, Starbucks.

Here’s what DePino posted on Twitter along with her video:

“@Starbucks 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 ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing.”

Watch the video below.

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Later, Melissa gave updates about the situation, the responses from other White people, and the men’s ultimate release from jail, in the series of tweets below:

“Ever since I posted this, I’ve had white strangers AND friends say “there must be something more to this story. That assumption is a big part of the problem. It does happen. All the time. Just not to you and me. Believe it and speak up.”

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“Thanks to @LAWimmerESQ, the Philly DA’s Office declined to arraign, and both men were released from the 9th at approximately 2am.”

After the Starbucks arrest video went viral on Friday, people of all races have been going in on Starbucks. We’re talking celebs and civilians alike.

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Actor, Jeffrey Wright, pointed out how Black men in America are forced to have the unrealistic ability to suppress standing up for themselves in order to save their lives, when they’re wrongly arrested/accused by law enforcement:

Soledad O’Brien, wrote:

BET writer/comedian, Robin Thede:

Lauren A. Wimmer, the attorney who reportedly helped with the men’s release from jail wrote:

Activist Shaun King proffered this:

No-famous folks offered their thoughts, too:

If you’re wondering what Starbucks has to say about the situation, well, now that the video has gone viral and has become a trending topic (#BoycottStarbucks) on Twitter, the company has finally decided to issue a formal, generic, weak-ass apology:

What you may not know ids that before #BoycottStarbucks becoming a trending topic, Starbucks had only tweeted a lackluster reply to the customer who first posted the video:

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2 COMMENTS

  1. The Scriptures tells us these things are going to happen to US in these last days, and it’s evident the Scriptures don’t lie. We are the people of the (so-called Bible), but called the Scriptures. I tell all you Native Americans, Hispanics, and Blacks to read the Bible it’s OUR HISTORY.

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