By Business Insider. Starbucks customers are posting photos of themselves drinking coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts, Panera, and local coffee shops as backlash against the coffee giant builds.
A video of two black men being arrested while waiting for a friend at a Philadelphia Starbucks last Thursday went viral, sparking backlash. Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson apologized over the weekend — but boycott threats against the chain are still gaining steam.
People are organizing under the #BoycottStarbucks hashtag to show their new drinks of choice, many from black-owned coffee shops:
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Starbucks Is Under Fire After Shocking Footage Emerges of 2 Black Men Being Arrested After Using the Restroom — and It Reveals a Growing Problem
By Business Insider. Starbucks’ CEO was forced to apologize this weekend after a video of two black men being arrested at a Philadelphia location of the coffee chain went viral. Employees called the police after the men refused to leave the Starbucks after asking to use the restroom without having purchased any drinks.
“Regretfully, our practices and training led to a bad outcome — the basis for the call to the Philadelphia police department was wrong,” Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said in a statement. “Our store manager never intended for these men to be arrested and this should never have escalated as it did.”
This is not the first time that Starbucks has faced backlash for apparently targeting and excluding certain groups of people.
In 2016, three Starbucks locations in parts of Los Angeles with large homeless populations closed their bathrooms to customers and non-customers to discourage homeless people from visiting to use the restrooms and free Wi-Fi. In 2007, a woman was thrown out of a Starbucks because management thought she was homeless. And, in 2001, Seattle activists organized a boycott against Starbucks after an African-American man was shot by the police, arguing that the chain’s gentrifying influence contributed to his death. (Read more from “Starbucks Is Under Fire After Shocking Footage Emerges of 2 Black Men Being Arrested After Using the Restroom — and It Reveals a Growing Problem” HERE)