On April 12th, 2018, two black men were arrested inside Starbucks in Center City Philadelphia. They were waiting for a friend, without ordering anything. The store manager called policed saying the two men refused to leave after not ordering anything.
Their arrest for 'trespassing' was recorded and went viral, sparking outrage and protests. Starbucks closed all their US location for racial-bias training on May 29th.
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Also check out The Black Star Journal blog post Starbucks: From Boycott to Victory.