Starbucks is certainly left of center with their politics, however injustice is injustice and one store manager was accused of racism wrongly. Philadelphia police release the 911 phone call a Starbucks employee made on two black men.
Never mentioning race once, she reported them because they were refusing to leave the place of business.
“Hi, I have two gentlemen in my cafe that are refusing to make a purchase or leave,” says the store manager, Holy. Giving the dispatcher the location of the store she ends the conversation saying “thank you” and hangs up.
The rest of the call is communication between the police officers and dispatchers, labeling the incident as a “disturbance” reported by the business’ “supervisor.”
Then, officers were sent to the Starbucks in question.
Howard Shultz, executive chairman to Starbucks, told “CBS This Morning” there is “no doubt” in his mind Holly was racially motivated when she made the call.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that the reason that they (police) were called was because they were African American,” Schultz said Wednesday. “That’s not who Starbucks is.”
“The arrest of the two men, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, sparked outrage and immediate calls for a boycott. In response, Starbucks announced they would be shutting down domestic stores on May 29 for ‘unconscious bias’ training to eliminate what CEO Kevin Johnson has suggested is racial bias among his employees,” reports the Daily Wire.
The Associated Press recently did an interview with the two. Robinson revealed he was “honestly” afraid for his life: “Anytime I’m encountered by cops, I can honestly say it’s a thought that runs through my mind. You never know what’s going to happen,” he said.
Interestingly enough, though Starbucks wants to paint Holly as a right-wing racist she is quite the opposite. A frequent customer of the manager’s said she was “an SJW feminist of the highest order,” never showning signs of racial bias.