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This Is Why You Can't Get Starbucks This Afternoon

All 8K US stores closed as workers take part in training on racial bias
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2018 9:15 AM CDT
A store closing sign is posted outside of a Starbucks store on Friday.   (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
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(Newser) – If you're looking to get your Starbucks fix Tuesday, make a morning run or find somewhere else to get caffeinated. All Starbucks locations—more than 8,000 nationwide—are closing in the afternoon for training to educate its 175,000-plus workers on racial bias, per Money. The program is in response to two black men who were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks last month while waiting for a business meeting. Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson have settled with the city for $1 each, along with a vow from Philadelphia officials to invest $200,000 in a program for young entrepreneurs. Starbucks says this training is just the beginning. "We know that one day of training will not stop bias or solve racism," a rep tells Money. "These are hard, complex questions and this is a step in a long-term effort." Check out what time your local Starbucks will be closing here. More:

  • USA Today and the AP report that a "tool kit" will be offered to employees that will "focus on understanding prejudice and the history of public accommodations in the United States." The program also includes a short documentary film, as well as comments from Starbucks execs and rapper Common. The media won't be privy to the training sessions, which a Clark Atlanta University race and gender expert says is probably best to create a "safe [space] for open dialogue."

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