Greatest corporate overreaction ever? Could be
Starbucks will close 8,000 coffee shops around the United States on May 29 to conduct “racial-bias” training for its employees in another capitulation to grievance-mongering race baiters.
The workshops follow social-media outrage after two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks for refusing to leave when told by a manager of a longstanding company policy that they must buy something in order to use the restroom or loiter inside the shop.
Let us address why they were asked to leave first. I have worked as a restaurant manager in years past, and as a bartender even longer. I have had to ask some customers to leave (usually for being loud, obscene, or loitering) establishments a few times. I have even had to call police a few times when they refused. On almost every occasion, the people I asked to leave were White. And those that refused to leave when police told them they must were arrested. These two men were asked to leave. They refused, that is why the police were called. Apparently when the police arrived, the men verbally abused them, and still refused to leave. Had they left, there would have been no arrest, period. Again, the Philadelphia Police Chief defended his officers
Now, whether or not the policy is good, or bad is subjective. The point is that these two men refused to leave, and refused direct orders by police. What did they expect would happen? Verbally abusing the officers was a stupid choice. They could have left and complained about the Starbucks policy later. Instead, they chose to be arrested.
Starbucks issued an apology, fine, but then, they went from damage control PR to full blown madness
“Closing our stores for racial bias training is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company and partnerships in our local communities,” Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said in a statement.
For the record, Starbucks did not hold similar sensitivity training when a loyal customer said she was bullied and harassed by a group of baristas for wearing a Trump t-shirt in June 2017.
So, Starbucks is basically throwing all its employees under the bus because two guys could not comply with a police order? This is madness. And Starbucks will now have to walk on eggshells or else be savaged by the leftist bullies. And, in the process, has driven many customers away because of the asinine reaction to this event. Even worse, it is bringing in race baiting Eric Holder to help demean and indoctrinate Starbucks employees
In response, the company announced the upcoming training program and tapped far left groups such as the Anti-Defamation League and the NAACP as well as former Attorney General Eric Holder to help create the program, according to CNBC.
Working with Starbucks to create the program, along with former President Obama’s “Fast and Furious” Attorney General Holder, will be Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative; Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund; Heather McGhee, president of Demos; and Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, according to CNBC.
Frankly, I wish a lot of Starbucks employees would say screw this and quit. This is an absurd example of corporate cowardice. The left, of course, will use this as a way to shame, demean, and indoctrinate as many of Starbuck employees as possible.