Starbucks settles with men arrested in Philadelphia store

Starbucks settles with men arrested in Philadelphia store

Two black men arrested in Starbucks have reached settlements with the USA coffee chain and the city of Philadelphia, which will endow a US$200,000 (S$260,000) fund to help young entrepreneurs, officials said on Wednesday (May 2).

On April 12, both Mr. Nelson and Mr. Robinson were sitting at a Starbucks at Philadelphia's Heart City area.

Robinson and Nelson were waiting for a business partner for a meeting in the restaurant, who came to the store as police led the men away.

The company released a joint statement on 2 May from the men, Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, and Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson.

Following the incident, Starbucks closed its more than 8,000 company-owned stores in the United States on the afternoon of 29 May to conduct racial-bias education geared toward preventing discrimination in its stores.

"We thought long and hard about it, and we feel like this is the best way to see that change that we want to see", said Donte Robinson of the settlements.

In return for not filing a lawsuit against Philadelphia or its employees, the two men Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson asked the city spend Dollars 200,000 to help young entrepreneurs, to which the latter agreed, The New York Times reported. "I look forward to seeing the fruits of this effort in the coming months and years", he added.

"Starbucks will continue to take actions that stem from this incident to fix and reaffirm our values and vision for the kind of company we want to be", Johnson said.

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"I am proud to have fixed the claims from the City inside this successful fashion", " Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia mentioned in a statement.

"This was an incident that evoked a lot of pain in our city and put us under a national spotlight for unwanted reasons".

Additionally, Robinson and Nelson will receive an undisclosed amount of money from Starbucks.

Details of their financial settlement with Starbucks are confidential, though the parties said they agreed to work together to "develop specific actions and opportunities".

Also, the men will be given the chance to discuss their experience and share their recommendations for changes at Starbucks with former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

A video, which went viral after being posted on social media by a customer, showed uniformed police officers questioning and then handcuffing the pair despite their offering no resistance.

[Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard] Ross also said the two men refused to leave after being asked three times by police officers.

In a statement Wednesday, Johnson thanked the men for "their willingness to reconcile".

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