Black men in Philadelphia arrest settle with Starbucks, city

Rashon Nelson left and Donte Robinson both 23 pose for a portrait in Philadelphia in April. The two black men arrested for sitting at a Starbucks cafe in Philadelphia without ordering anything settled with the city of Philadelphia for a symbolic $1

Starbucks has confirmed it has reached a settlement agreement with two black men who were arrested at an outlet in Philadelphia.

And both adult males, Rashon Nelson and also Donte Robinson2-3, will undoubtedly receive $1.

"And Starbucks will continue to take actions that stem from this incident to fix and reaffirm our values and vision for the kind of company we want to be".

Starbucks Corp, which plans to close 8,000 stores for a half day of anti-bias training on May 29, said Robinson and Nelson will have an opportunity to provide input for the company's "long-term diversity and equity efforts".

"I am pleased to have resolved the potential claims against the city in this productive manner", he said.

The same manager approached Nelson and Robinson at their table to ask if the men if they would like any drinks or water.

Also on Wednesday, Starbucks announced that it had reached an agreement with Nelson and Robinson that will include an undisclosed financial settlement "as well as continued listening and dialogue between the parties and specific action and opportunity".

A company news release said more details "will be provided in a mutually agreed public statement".

"I welcome the opportunity to begin a relationship with them to share learnings and experiences", he added.

The two black men arrested for sitting at a Philadelphia Starbucks without ordering anything settled with the city Wednesday for a symbolic $1 each and a promise from officials to set up a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs.

An employee said no when they requested to use the restroom before they had purchased anything.

The men were led away in handcuffs from a Starbucks last month after the manager called police, saying they refused to buy anything or leave. Starbucks also announced in a statement it will be closing over 8,000 of its stores in the USA for an afternoon at the end of May "to conduct racial-bias education geared toward preventing discrimination in our stores".

Philadelphia police chief Richard Ross publicly apologized for the incident, admitting he "failed miserably" with his initial response.

As protests broke out at the Philadelphia Starbucks, Johnson and Schultz appeared in television interviews to pledge that the company would work to combat unconscious-bias and racial profiling among its employees.

As Johnson said previously, “I want to thank Donte and Rashon for their willingness to reconcile.



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