Here’s what I’d say if two men were not ordering anything and had been reminded that that Starbucks wasn’t a bus station in which to just sit and talk, it’s a business:
“Starbucks is sorry that two men were asked to leave and then arrested when they would not. It’s the policy of all of our stores to encourage sales and we asked them to leave three times, but they would not. It doesn’t matter if those men are Black or White, this is not about racism, it’s about good business.”
I would not shut 8000 stores to teach sensitivity training in race relations. Trust me.
“In Washington, D.C., Gregory Wilkins usually visits one of three neighborhood Starbucks for about 45 minutes before work to read the paper with his coffee or smoke a cigarette at the outside tables. Wilkins, who is black, said he’d consider going elsewhere if something like the incident in Philadelphia occurred again.” Nobody cares, Mr. Wilkins, your trade isn’t going to make or break Starbucks. Grow UP.
Clearly if the two men had just asked for coffees while they waited for their friend, all of this wouldn’t have happened. But, hey….look what good this did to screw up race relations even more. Would we have heard about this had they been White? (I finally, after reading about six articles, saw that the LAWYER for the two men who were arrested says they were only there 15 minutes when they were arrested. If that’s the case, I’d be surprised and I think arrests were extreme. But, they were told the policy is that people can’t just sit there or use the restrooms without ordering something…….seems clear to me. I wonder how many cups of coffee these guys will be able to buy once Starbucks settles a suit out of court. And they will $$$$)
It’s time we start pushing back, folks, in a statement like I made above…and I suspect many Black Americans would feel the same way.
Sensitivity training? Simple:
b. the customer is always right
c. treat everybody the same
d. non carborundum illegitimi
e. it’s a freakin COFFEE SHOP, facriminies’ sake
Now . . . put on a clean apron and act like your grandmother taught you.
Two minutes, tops.
How many cups of coffee will they win in a settlement? Your question make me think of that Seinfeld scene. They sound like race baiters looking to be offended. But then again, maybe I need to have a mandated stint in one of those racial-bias re-education indoctrination mind-control camps. As long as there’s free coffee (just not Starbucks)
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I feel sorry for the manager who was fired over this.
If I stop to use a bathroom at a coffee shop, or arrange to meet someone, I buy a coffee.
These guys had no class. They need the training, not the employees.
Police don’t arrest without reason.
“A comedic genius on Twitter shared video of himself walking into a Starbucks and demanding they give him a free coffee as “reparations” for their “racism.”
“I heard ya’ll was racist, so I came to get my free coffee,” Bryan Sharpe, who goes by “Hotep Jesus” on Twitter, says to a white girl behind the counter. “I heard ya’ll don’t like black people, so I came to get my Starbucks reparations voucher.”
The white barista complied immediately.
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Starbucks’ surrendering on this is setting a dangerous precedent for all businesses with a store front — and I don’t mean with restrooms — and dividing our country again along race lines. I suspect that now black activists will try the same with many other store-front businesses.
BTW, Starbucks’ closing for an afternoon so as to provide sensitivity training for its employees will cost Starbucks something like $17 million.
I’ve been wondering if what happened with those restroom-using blacks at Starbucks a put-up deal, a test case, for racial activism.
Not too long from now, forget the day’s sensitivity training. Just send them off to the Gulag.
Want a free coffee? Just go to Starbucks and demand your free “Social Justice coffee”. If they refuse to give it to you, make a fuss while your friends records the barristas on their phone cameras…
@ Ed, you don’t have to be black to get a free cup of Joe, just annoying.
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Bocopro: LOVE IT…absolutely perfect
Jerry “They sound like race baiters looking to be offended.”
AOW….you both suggest this could have been a setup and I doubt it, but it sure reads like one, doesn’t it.
AOW, I couldn’t agree MORE “Starbucks’ surrendering on this is setting a dangerous precedent for all businesses with a store front” I didn’t know it was just the afternoon that they were all shut down and you’re probably right..MILLIONS lost, the more millions, the happier the racist activists.
Ed…all good points, especially this one “These guys had no class. They need the training, not the employees.” I hadn’t realized the mgr was fired. I thought she’d just be deemed to need a 3 day course in sensitivity instead of a 1-day course! 😦
Bunkerville..!! I think this is a REALLY slippery slope.
Vrag..Social Justice coffee….exactly 😦 THIS WHOLE THING IS A REAL GRIND.
Have you heard who will be doing the racial bias training? eric holder. lol
I suspect the training will consist of being advised that black folks are above the law. But I also agree with bocopro. If the place had empty tables and these guys sitting there were not causing people to be waiting to sit, what’s the large deal about letting them sit there.
It doesn’t stop with only private businesses like Starbucks. Whenever its a city, county, state or gov’t employee that gets sued, guess who ends up paying the millions a bleeding heart jury awards them?
“THIS WHOLE THING IS A REAL GRIND.”
I see what you did there 🙂
I don’t know whether they were behaving badly or well.
Whether the place was busy or not.
They were asked to leave.
The cops were called.
They still didn’t leave.
The cops took them away.
Were the cops racist? Their black boss doesn’t think so.
It would be nice to see the surveillance video.
But if the cops boss had no problem with the actions of his officers,
I suspect bad behavior on the part of the trespassers.
These places often get busy with people nursing that $10 covfefe while drinking in all the free wi fi.
“They sound like race baiters looking to be offended.”EXACTLY…more insufferable race pimps and infantile blacks refusing to grow the hell up and stop blaming everyone for their idiocy. I’m honestly finding it harder and harder to listen to the hate….to the bitching….to the undoing of 50 years of trying. Get the hell out and go back to your roots and the wonders of Uganda or Nigeria if you think this country is so damn bad. They all disgust me…the Joy-less Reids, the Lemmons, the hateful BLM and their revolutionaries and leave me the hell alone. None of us here had slaves but we’re fast becoming ones. Then there are all the new age commercials showing the happiest of families in their wonderful homes surrounded by white picket fences or marrying a dufoos looking white guy…if Madison Avenue sees that it’s all well…then what are they hating about? I’ve lost any care I had for them long ago…at the beginning of Trayvon Martin and the countless riots, cop killings and so on. When the truth is according to the FBI crimes stats…you’re 8 times more likely to get killed, robbed, raped or assaulted by a black then you are any other race. And Latinos are NOT a race but our “guests” are a close second. And yes…I know a black guy or two too. I if anyone on Madison Avenues does while sipping a $10 cup of 50 weight oil Starbucks calls coffee…Star Bucks…right…lots of bucks for coffee. And I seriously doubt that even .0001% of their business is from blacks. How could they afford that coffee if they’re all poor???? Why should I care, pity or even try anymore? Why should any average person care?
A former 911 operator who hung up the phone “thousands” of times on people attempting to call in emergencies in Harris County, Texas has been sentenced to jail time.
Ed, I think the two guys not leaving when asked to was ‘behaving badly,’ right? You have to know someone didn’t just go over and shout GET OUT! They apparently asked 3 times (something most articles are omitting)…..And, supposedly, according to Michael Medved, he heard they were a little belligerent.
I have a Black acquaintance whose brother, in his sixties, was arrested recently and bail is placed to high to get him out…….he’s also not 100% mentally……He apparently didn’t do the crime, so I’m thinking their family is going to be ROLLING IN DOUGH pretty soon.
The acquaintance won a lawsuit with a company she worked , about 10 years ago, based on racism….she hasn’t worked since.
It’s an industry for those with little dignity or honor. And I do NOT think her brother should have been arrested if there’s no proof, but………..
Jack! I wouldn’t want to meet HER in a dark alley! What an awful story…….she should go to jail for negligent homicide! Who knows if someone might have died due to her not processing the call!, right?
There are some wonderful Black folks on a FaceBook article……..they were all on OUR SIDE. They are Christians who feel their own people need to wake up and stop whining and live healthy, good lives…I wanted to reach thru my computer screen and hug them. Of course, they were mostly middle aged.
We have a number of black conservatives who broadcast locally.
Friends of mine. Good people.
Ed, I know some good ones too. Couple at work, Guy used to work at our place, still friends with, but it is either a situation of they are decent people or savages. Doesn’t seem like much middle ground. Every day I’m seeing stories about them doing something purely disgusting that I’ve never read about even white trash doing. Getting real tired of it.
Ed, they don’t come better than that…….they’ve swum against the stream, they’re courageous and righteous. VERY good people.
Kid, I wish the great Black folks would DO something powerful and real..heck, I even HOPED Obama would use his bully pulpit to talk to kids about not getting pregnant, not doing drugs, going to school, speaking good English, doing WELL………………he never did. ONCE. It defeats his purpose of keeping little lefting lemmings voting for the goodies they want FREE.
Instead of great leadership pulling the Black community OUT of this quagmire, we have The Rev Jesse, Farrakhan, Ellison, Waters and other JERKS ‘leading’……………and we see how that’s worked out.
BUT, some young Black conservatives ARE getting some air ….Candice Owens and others…We need to support them somehow.
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Support them. All I can come up with is support them by making sure every one of us and every non-democrat gets out and votes. We still look into the abyss.
The guys say they were trying to make a deal with a real estate guy………man, they won’t have to worry about making livings anymore, believe me $$$$$$$$$$$$$$
The guy says that the barista walked OVER to them and asked if she could get them anything…”like water…” WHAT? My Starbucks folks don’t come to my table, and nobody offers water there!! That’s weird!
See how condescending she was to them? Offering them water like she was better than them, with her white privilege.
People actually think like that.
Ed, actually, your statement is correct.
Ed, Something odd happened for her to ask if they want water…I have rarely seen a barista even leave behind the counter let alone offering free stuff to customers who’re giving them trouble!!!
I don’t see how anybody could think she was being condescending, if anything when you’re waiting on people you’re being subservient…, but something happened….maybe she was trying to help them look like they were drinking something…her, hoping trouble wasn’t about to start?