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Starbucks to shut down over 8000 US stores for "implicit bias" training Starbucks CEO meets with African American men arrested in store
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CEO of Starbucks Kevin Johnson says employees will be trained in "unconscious bias" in wake of the arrests CEO of Starbucks Kevin Johnson says employees will be trained in "unconscious bias" in wake of the arrests
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<strong>Starbucks will close down more than 8000 company-owned branches in the U.S for an afternoon next month to educate its employees on "<a href="http://kirwaninstitute.osu.edu/research/understanding-implicit-bias/">implicit bias</a>," following discrimination of two black men in one of its stores. </strong> <em>Help WikiTribune report on this incident and implicit bias in the United States and around the world. Contribute by using EDIT STORY or offer a suggestion via TALK. </em>
On May 29, nearly 175,000 staff will receive training as well as all future recruits. <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-17/starbucks-training-shutdown-could-cost-them-just-16-7-million">According to <em>Bloomberg</em></a>, the closure could cost around $17m in lost sales.  
The two African American men arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks met with company CEO Kevin Johnson on Monday. Johnson, who condemned the "reprehensible" arrests on <em><a href="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/News/video/viral-video-arrests-starbucks-sparks-controversy-54478982">ABC's Good Morning America</a></em>, arrived in Philadelphia the same day amid growing controversy over the incident.  
A Starbucks spokesperson said Johnson apologized to the men in a private meeting Monday, but provided no further details (<em><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2018/04/16/two-black-men-were-arrested-at-starbucks-ceo-now-calling-for-unconscious-bias-training/?utm_term=.797efd228268">The Washington Post</a></em>).  
  <strong>The two African American men arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks met with company CEO Kevin Johnson on Monday. Johnson, who condemned the "reprehensible" arrests on <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/News/video/viral-video-arrests-starbucks-sparks-controversy-54478982">ABC's Good Morning America</a>, arrived in Philadelphia yesterday amid growing controversy over the incident. A Starbucks spokesperson said Johnson apologized to the men in a private meeting Monday, but provided no further details (<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2018/04/16/two-black-men-were-arrested-at-starbucks-ceo-now-calling-for-unconscious-bias-training/?utm_term=.797efd228268"><em>The Washington Post</em></a>). </strong>
https://twitter.com/missydepino/status/984539713016094721 https://twitter.com/missydepino/status/984539713016094721
The two men were arrested for trespassing after a store manager called the police to report that they were sitting in the store without placing an order. <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-philadelphia-starbucks/starbucks-chief-executive-apologizes-for-arrests-of-two-black-men-idUSKBN1HL14S">The men said they were waiting to meet a friend. </a>Although police detained the men, they found no evidence a crime was committed and no charges were filed.  The two men were arrested for trespassing after a store manager called the police to report the men were sitting in the store without placing an order. <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-philadelphia-starbucks/starbucks-chief-executive-apologizes-for-arrests-of-two-black-men-idUSKBN1HL14S">The men said they were waiting to meet a friend. </a>Although police detained the men, they found no evidence a crime was committed and no charges were filed.
On April 12, video of the incident posted on Twitter by <a href="https://twitter.com/missydepino/status/984539713016094721">Melissa DePino, </a>who witnessed the arrests, led to millions of internet views and sparked a broader controversy. The video led to protests from local activists, who occupied the store's service area. On April 12, video of the incident posted on Twitter by <a href="https://twitter.com/missydepino/status/984539713016094721">Melissa DePino, </a>who witnessed the arrests, led to millions of internet views and sparked a broader controversy. The video led to protests from local activists, who occupied the store's service area.
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Johnson, <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-philadelphia-starbucks/starbucks-chief-executive-apologizes-for-arrests-of-two-black-men-idUSKBN1HL14S">who apologized at the time of the arrest</a>, also <a href="https://news.starbucks.com/views/a-follow-up-message-from-starbucks-ceo-in-philadelphia">released a video</a> on the Starbucks website promising to fix the situation. Johnson, <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-philadelphia-starbucks/starbucks-chief-executive-apologizes-for-arrests-of-two-black-men-idUSKBN1HL14S">who apologized at the time of the arrest</a>, also <a href="https://news.starbucks.com/views/a-follow-up-message-from-starbucks-ceo-in-philadelphia">released a video</a> on the Starbucks website promising to fix the situation.
  He said Starbucks staff will receive training to combat "unconscious bias," a term often used interchangeably with "<a href="http://kirwaninstitute.osu.edu/research/understanding-implicit-bias/">implicit bias</a>," a reference to discriminatory thoughts one might be unaware they hold <em>(Kirwan Institute at the Ohio State University). </em>
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