Two black men who were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks last week for allegedly trespassing are now going to the front of the line — they’ll be meeting with the CEO, a company spokesperson said on Monday.
The men have agreed to meet with Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson, according to Reggie Borges, Starbucks’ senior manager of global corporate communications. The timing of the meeting was not immediately clear.
The planned meeting comes amid growing outrage and a second day of protests in the City of Brotherly Love, after video of the arrests went viral and sparked accusations of racism against both the police and baristas.
On Monday morning, Johnson reiterated that the arrests were “reprehensible” and said he hoped to meet with the men to discuss “a constructive solution,” speaking to ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
He also said he will order store managers to undergo training for how to spot “unconscious bias.” Previously, Johnson appeared in a video apologizing to the two men and promising changes at the company.
The two black men, whose identities were not been released, were arrested Thursday after a Starbucks employee called 911 because they were sitting inside the café and allegedly refused to leave.
The store manager who called police “is no longer at that store,” a Starbucks spokesperson told NBC News Monday afternoon, but did not add further detail.
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SOURCE: NBC News, Daniella Silva