Two black men were arrested at Starbucks because they didn't buy anything

Two black men were arrested at Starbucks because they didn't buy anything

Two black men were arrested at Starbucks because they didn't buy anything

"It's clearly discrimination", Yaffe adds.

In an interview with ABC News, Melissa DePino, a 50-year-old writer and mother of two, said a Starbucks barista shouted from behind the counter at the two men to make a purchase or leave. The men were arrested and later released.

A video was posted on Twitter, shows other passengers complained that the men didn't anything wrong. Subsequent reports indicate the two men were real estate developers waiting to meet an investor. They were asked to leave and refused to do so, Ross said.

The District Attorney did not approve the charges, and the two men were released around 2:00 a.m. on Friday. Ross said one of the men was denied access to the bathroom because he wasn't a paying customer, which is the store's policy. Saahene said that the two men were polite and never got angry or raised their voices.

Starbucks has apologized for how the customers were treated, expressing disappointment that the incident led to an arrest.

Starbucks chief executive Kevin Johnson said the video was "hard to watch" and that the actions taken were "wrong".

While the men were waiting an employee contacted the police leading to the men being arrested as their friend arrived. "Instead the males continued to refuse, as they had told the employees previously".

The situation also inspired thousands to tweet with the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks.

He said he "asked the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations to examine the firm's polices and procedures, including the extent of, or need for, implicit bias training for its employees".

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A longer video of the episode shows police talking with the men for at least four minutes before Yaffe arrives. "They were called there, for a service, and that service had to do with quelling a disturbance, a disturbance that had to do with trespassing".

The incident caught on video also brought criticism from the mayor of Philadelphia, which has the nickname, City of Brotherly Love. The officers involved in Thursday's did not have cameras on, he said.

Multiple witnesses recorded the incident on cellphones.

The police department said Thursday that it was investigating and would comment once more facts were known.

As the retweets of the video multiplied, the local police commissioner Richard Ross insisted his officers had simply performed their duty.

In the Philadelphia case, the impression given by Starbucks was that the manager was simply following company policies.

"How many times have we sat in Starbucks minding our own business, waiting for a friend to come, and then we order?" she said.

The black gentlemen remained remarkably calm while being surround by cops, and they were handcuffed and perp-walked out of Starbucks. A store in the same area of Philadelphia experienced an armed robbery recently, the official said.

Meanwhile, a protest of the store at 18th and Spruce Streets is slated for noon Sunday, and more than 100 people have already signed up to attend a "Shut Down Starbucks!" protest there on Monday morning. "I believe a thorough review is fully warranted given the unfortunate outcome of this event, particularly at a time when our criminal justice reform efforts are focused on avoiding needless incarcerations".

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