Which Starbucks locations are closed for racial-bias training May 29?

Which Starbucks locations are closed for racial-bias training May 29?

Which Starbucks locations are closed for racial-bias training May 29?

In an effort to stem the outcry over the arrest of two black men at one of its stores, Starbucks will close 8,000 USA stores Tuesday afternoon for anti-bias training for its employees.

Just over a month ago, two black men were wrongly arrested for "trespassing" on a store in Philadelphia, and the coffeehouse chain believes teaching staff about unconscious bias may help ensure that never happens again. The Seattle-based chain will shutter its company-owned locations and corporate offices within the United States to train its almost 175,000 employees.

A Starbucks near you may be closed this afternoon, after about 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. local time. Most licensed stores, including those operated by hotels, grocery stores and airports, will operate normally.

From there, employees will "move into a real and honest exploration of bias" where, in small groups, they can share how the issue comes up in their daily work life. Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz, Johnson and musician and activist Common will serve as virtual guides.

Starbucks has since announced anyone can use its restrooms even if they are not buying anything.

According to a video previewing the Starbucks training, there will be recorded remarks from Starbucks executives and rapper/activist Common.

Alexis McGill Johnson, Perception's co-founder and executive director, said anti-bias training is about awareness.

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The company's massive closure for racial bias training was organized after the coffee giant came under fire after the arrests.

The men - Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson - sat down within the Starbucks, awaiting a business meeting, as the store manager called 911 to report them for refusing to leave. If customers are disruptive, employees are advised to step in. "We've made it clear that we won't be a rubber stamp to validate their programming", McGhee said.

The company offered specific guidelines in a document shared with workers.

For four hours today, more than 170,000 Starbucks employees will set aside the Frappuccinos and espresso machines to learn how to avoid the kind of racial bias that many say led to the arrests of two African-American men for occupying a table without making a purchase.

As part of the new policy, Starbucks wants its stores to be a warm and welcoming environment, allowing customers to gather and connect.

Starbucks advises employees to consider whether they'd be disturbed by the behavior in question if it was coming from a different customer.

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