Starbucks Shuts Down More Than 8,000 Stores For Anti-Bias Training

Starbucks will close 8,000 stores nationwide on Tuesday afternoon for anti-bias training as the company tires to restore its tarnished image as a hangout where all are welcome.

On Long Island, most company-owned stores will close for the day between 2 and 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday and reopen Wednesday morning, according to the Starbucks website.

Young black entrepreneurs Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson were waiting in a local Starbucks to meet someone and had not bought anything when the store manager called police. They were asked to leave and an employee called the police, which led to their arrest. Our ceo, Kevin Johnson, met with the two men to express our deepest apologies, reconcile and commit to ongoing actions to reaffirm our guiding principles.

"Because the Starbucks locations within Target stores are managed by Target and run by our team members, our staff will take part in Target's existing company-wide bias training programs", the statement said. "It doesn't really seem to do much good on average for companies to offer diversity training because they say you can't really change people's inherent biases with a training session", Harvard sociology professor Frank Dobbin told TIME.

"Our hope is that these learning sessions and discussions will make a difference within and beyond our stores", said Starbucks Executive Vice President (US Retail) Rossann Williams in a note to the company's partners.

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Nelson and Robinson settled with Starbucks this month for an undisclosed number. "This is just a sign that you that they want to get ahead of the problem", Varner said.

Turning away customers looking for an afternoon jolt of caffeine, Starbucks shops across the US have begun closing up early to hold training for employees on recognizing hidden prejudices. Which Starbucks locations are closed for racial-bias training?

"It has to be a continual conversation", said Cook. The company's training included a video on uncovering implicit bias that featured rapper Common. Each employee had been given a Starbucks branded booklet titled "My notebook", and were watching videos on tablets.

"Personally, I don't have anything against an organization deciding that they want to limit who comes in the doors to customers".

"As soon as it happened, I grabbed my phone and said we need an emergency meeting", Pugh said, calling an emergency meeting to discuss anti-bias measures with his employees. We will also make the curriculum available to the public.

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