A video of two black men being arrested from a Starbucks in Philadelphia went viral after witnesses say they did not do anything wrong.
The video, which was posted to Twitter on Thursday, shows two black men being escorted out of the Starbucks in handcuffs. Melissa DePino, who posted the video to Twitter, claims the two were waiting for a friend and that the police were called because they did not order anything.
“The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing," DePino wrote.
Ross explained police received a 911 call around 4:40 p.m. on Thursday from Starbucks employees saying that “two males were trespassing” and “refused to leave.” According to Ross, the two men did not order food and had asked to use the bathroom, but Starbucks policy does “not allow non paying people from the public to come in and use the restroom.”
Ross claimed the officers asked the men to leave when they got to the scene, but refused to. The men were let go after “Starbucks was no longer interested in prosecuting.”
“These officers had legal standing to make this arrest. They were called to this scene because these people were trespassing. Officers 'followed policy' and acted 'professional,' and got the opposite back,” Ross said.
This is some really bad optics and PR for the coffee chain. The cops should never have been called.
Was the employee just being a douche for following the company policy?
The men were not ordering anything, and they asked to use the restroom.
I'm not a fan of 12Bucks, but I have been forced to on occasion purchase coffee from them. They are pretty upfront about "restrooms for paying customers only."
Is this policy racist? Should a company open it's shitter doors wide for errybody to use for free? In my few experiences in big cities like NYC, pissers are few and far between. Sometimes your only option is going in a business where you need to make a purchase to use the bathroom.
Looks like Starbucks is getting a healthy dose of shut up
and bake the cake already open the bathrooms for errybody.