Here's which local Starbucks locations will be closing early for anti-bias training
SAN ANTONIO —
About 8,000 Starbucks locations will close Tuesday afternoon to conduct anti-bias training.
The training comes after two African-American men, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, were arrested on April 12 at a Philadelphia location. A manager called police, claiming the men refused to buy anything or leave. Nelson and Robinson said they were waiting in the coffee shop for a business meeting about a potential real estate opportunity. Minutes later, the two were taken away in handcuffs. After spending hours in jail, the two were released and no charges were filed. The company later made a new policy that patrons didn't need to purchase something in order to use the bathroom.
Nelson and Robinson settled with the city for a symbolic $1 each and a promise from officials to set up a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs. Company leaders have apologized and met with the two men, but also reached out to experts in bias training to put together a curriculum for its 175,000 workers.
Many locations in San Antonio will be closing for the afternoon for the training. To see if your local Starbucks is closing early, click here.