TI Calls for Boycott on Starbucks ... After Outrage in Philly

TI Calls for Boycott on Starbucks ... After Outrage in Philly

The two men were reportedly sitting in the shop, waiting on a third person, when an employee at the store called the police. They were arrested for trespassing.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said the Starbucks employee had "terribly disrespected" the two men.

"The circumstances surrounding the incident and the outcome in our store on Thursday were reprehensible. they were wrong", Johnson told ABC's Good Morning America yesterday, amid protests and calls for a boycott on social media.

A cell phone video that surfaced online of two Black men being arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks last week has incited outrage in the Black community. "We really appreciate the transparency in the spirit with which we are working together", said Johnson.

He added that Starbucks would conduct training to prevent unconscious bias. "Certainly, it's my responsibility to understand what happened and what led to that, and ensure that we fix it".

According to Johnson, the company has already started a thorough investigation of the event. The two were later released after the district attorney's office said there was lack of evidence that a crime had been committed. "That's our goal", said Abdul-Aliy Muhammad, one of the protest's organizers and co-founder of the Black and Brown Workers Collective.

Johnson said Starbucks wants managers to be trained on "unconcious bias" following the incident, after saying the company "stands firmly against discrimination or racial profiling". "I can tell you candidly these officers did a service they were called to do", he said. There is no companywide policy on bathroom use at Starbucks stores, but many stores in high traffic areas require a code that is printed on receipts in order to use the bathroom. He said he has asked the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations to examine the company's policies and procedures. Three very different reactions.

After the incident, the "No Mediocre" rapper shared a post on Instagram stating he will no longer spend his "bread" there and TMZ caught up with the homie for more of his thoughts on the matter.

Protesters picketed outside the Starbucks before moving inside the store shortly after 7:00 am local time on Monday.

BREWER: You know, it would be, you know, easy for us to say that this was a one-employee situation.

Police didn't release the names of the men who were arrested.

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