Men arrested in Starbucks settle for $1… and $200000 for entrepreneurs

03 May, 2018, 15:54 | Author: Sheri Evans
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The two men have now settled with the city of Phildelphia for $2 and a promise from officials to set up a 200,000-dollar (£146,000) programme for young entrepreneurs.

Beyond that, the pair will also have the chance to make recommendations for changes to the establishment's practices with former United States Attorney General Eric Holder. "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".

Cohen, Placitella and Roth, the Philadelphia law firm representing Nelson and Robinson, did not immediately return a request for comment.

After video of Robinson and Nelson's arrest went viral, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson apologized to the men and announced over 8,000 Starbucks stores in the USA would close on May 29 in order for 175,000 employees to receive training in unconscious bias.

Details of their financial settlement with Starbucks are confidential, though the parties said they agreed to work together to "develop specific actions and opportunities".

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Starbucks also reached agreement with Robinson and Nelson this week, the company announced on Wednesday.

"We will provide them with a foundation of learning and provide them with an opportunity to be part of our company either directly or indirectly as a result of this situation", Schultz told co-host Gayle King. The incident took place on April 12, which was followed by a public apology by the Starbucks CEO.

When they asked to use the restroom before they had purchased anything, an employee said no.

Screengrab of a video posted by a Starbucks client showing several uniformed police officers handcuffing the two men and leading them out of the store. They certainly were requested to depart, and once they did not, law enforcement were called by a member of staff.

Nelson told "Good Morning America" that the police told him and Robinson that they had to leave without any discussion.

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Charges of trespassing and creating a disturbance were dropped that night. Ross had previously said the officers involved "did absolutely nothing wrong".

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

The protests reignited a national conversation over racial profiling.

Starbucks is closing its 8,000-plus company-owned USA stores and the corporate offices for the afternoon of May 29, so employees can undergo racial-bias training.

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

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