Sunday, April 18, 2021

Starbucks Manager Who Called Police on Black Real Estate Agents ‘No Longer Works At The Store’

*A Philadelphia Starbucks manager who called the police on two black real estate agents for not buying anything no longer works at the store, the corporation confirmed.

A Starbucks representative told the NY Daily News the unidentified manager “no longer works at that store,” and “there is an internal review pending.”

The manager was removed from the location at 18th and Spruce street after another day of protests at the coffee house.

Scroll up to watch the report via the clip above.

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Protesters called for the manager’s firing after two black men were arrested on trespassing charges last week while waiting for a friend for a business meeting. 

Many of the white patrons reportedly wondered why they have never been arrested while waiting to meet someone for coffee.

The protesters entered the store Monday morning and chanted, “Starbucks Coffee is anti-black.”

The second day of protests has kept the Starbucks store near Rittenhouse Square from opening to the public.

“They will not make money at the Starbucks today. We will hit them where it hurts and that’s in their pockets,” Abdul-Ali Muhammad of the Black and Brown Workers Cooperative said.

Watch it go down via the clip below.

The CEO of Starbucks is in Philly to meet with Mayor Jim Kenney and he’s hoping to deliver a face-to-face apology to the two men. 

Police Commissioner Richard Ross said his officers “reluctantly” arrested them.

“I can tell you that that police officer did not want to have to make an arrest in that incident,” he told WPVI. “The whole thing, we just wish it didn’t happen.”

The commissioner reiterated earlier statements that the police didn’t do anything wrong.

“Here’s the thing, unless someone comes forward with something more than I know now, it doesn’t appear that they did anything wrong at all,” the commissioner said. “In fact, they were really trying not to make an arrest in this case.”

Meanwhile, on the West Coast, below is video from a black guy at a Starbucks in Hawthorne, CA who was refused permission to use the bathroom, but a white was given the code.

Watch:

Video of the arrest of the two men in Philadelphia has racked up over 10 million views and prompted the demonstrations.

Protesters with the Black and Brown Workers Cooperative and Philly for Real Justice forced the store to shut down for the busy morning rush.

“We are here to tell you that that is not acceptable and ma’am since you want to know so much, what you are going to do is change those policies, what you are going to do is stop calling the police, because we are committed to being here are much as possible,” one activist said.

On Monday morning, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson appeared on “Good Morning America” saying he was in Philly to offer the men an apology.

But do you think an apology is good enough? Sound off in the comments.

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Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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