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Protests and Outrage after two black men arrested at Philly Starbucks

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April 16, 2018 by The ReadyWriter


Protesters gathered outside a Philadelphia Starbucks on Sunday and planned to regroup again on today after two black men were arrested there last week when they allegedly refused to leave.

The original incident occurred last Thursday, when a Starbucks employee called 911 because two black men were sitting inside the café. Soon after they arrived, police handcuffed the men and escorted them out of the shop. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, who is black, said the men hadn’t purchased anything and refused to leave, which led to the arrest. Yet a protesting white women said, she’s walks in all the time to use the restroom without purchasing anything and was never arrested.

A video of the arrest and ensuing confusion went viral on Twitter.

Michelle Saahene witnessed the entire event, as she’d been at the Starbucks for nearly an hour. She told NBC News on Sunday that, as a black woman, she was slightly nervous when the police officers entered the coffee shop, but she was then shocked as the two men when they were approached by police officers.

After the two men were refused the bathroom, they just sat at a table silently and played with their phones as they waited for a friend, Saahene told NBC News.

“The cops were asking them to leave because they weren’t purchasing anything,” Saahene said. “[The two men] said they were confused. This is a Starbucks. Since when are people asked to leave a Starbucks who are just sitting there?”

Saahene said that a white man sitting next to her had been at the Starbucks for 30 minutes without making a purchase and a jogger came in and used the bathroom without making a purchase.

That’s one of the reasons she felt compelled to approach the employee who called 911.

“’Did you feel threatened’?” she said she asked the Starbucks barista. “She didn’t look at me. ‘Did you feel like your life was threatened?’ She still didn’t look at me.”

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson swiftly apologized that the 911 call was made and that the two men were arrested. He said that the company planned to investigate the matter and retrain its staff, but said the store manager “never intended for these men to be arrested and this should never have escalated as it did.”

Unfortunately it’s too late! We’re sounding the call to boycott “StarBucks” everywhere.!!

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77 thoughts on “Protests and Outrage after two black men arrested at Philly Starbucks

  1. billyboy695 says:

    Yes let’s shut them down!

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  2. ashanti2012 says:

    I’m sure that CEO is going to fire the person who called 911 dumb ass. That 1 racist employee has now ruined his chain and his brand. Fuck them I don’t frequent them any damn way😐😏✌

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  3. civil2010 says:

    This story pissed me off😡Starbucks is the one place you can go and do anything without buying shit. I hated them anyways and really hate them now.

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  4. ebonyeyes2010 says:

    Yea this was way unnecessary. And the CEO’s apology is unfortunately too late because these gentlemen have now retained attorneys. So yea um, it’s a wrap. I hope they sue the police dept. too. Their excuse for the overkill is BS!!! And the chief is black. 😦 Sad how some of us hate us.

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  5. danny20053 says:

    This is sad 😡 and unbelievable. But racial profiling at its best. They were minding their own business when this happened.

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  6. danny20053 says:

    Good morning
    Been a minute since I’ve checked in. Hope everyone is well.

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  7. starrh2010 says:

    Damn shame.
    never went there and never will.

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  8. floridagirl2010 says:

    We always boycotting. Just shut them down. People need to see our power in our black dollars. They didn’t even know these 2 black men but profiled them as thugs. Their friend was devastated watching the bullshit unfold. Smdh unreal but not surprised.

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  9. 2thick4you says:

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  10. valerieperry35 says:

    This is a hot mess.
    The 2 men were going to have a business meeting.
    I don’t know how and if Starbucks will recover from this.

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  11. tamala2010 says:

    I don’t frequent them anyways. Now I know why.

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  12. angelhair2011 says:

    Is this a story of race hustling again?
    Sheesh

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    • arice95 says:

      Did you just get off the slow bus Angelhair?
      They were waiting on a friend. Had they been white men 4 hours could have passed and it wouldn’t have been a problem. Wake your sleeping self up.

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    • abelford2010 says:

      Read the post.
      The witness said there were other whites in the establishment who hadn’t purchased a damn thing and they weren’t singled out. Don’t be an idiot.

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    • cameo1 says:

      This incident didn’t occur because they didn’t make a purchase, 15 min and this bish calls 911… we all know why, so it’s pointless for you to say is this race hustling? 911 is for emergencies. She should have gotten a misdemeanor for even calling for some bs like that. Save it Becky.

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    • lillyposner says:

      Is this a story of race hustling again?
      Sheesh
      ******
      Are you retarded? Or really not understanding? Please re read the post for understanding.
      Thank u✌

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  13. arice95 says:

    This in 2018 is a disgrace.
    Period.

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  14. mahogany2010 says:

    These black men were businessmen wait until it all unfolds. Starbucks will pay a shot load of money the police dept will too.

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  15. ceodawg says:

    White people sit in Starbucks all day long plugged into Starbucks electric and signed onto Starbucks WiFi and order nothing! That’s trespassing and borderline squatting but they don’t get arrested.

    Then on top of that white people bring their own bottled water and their own food and sit at Starbucks tables use Starbucks as an office. I’ve seen this. And never once has a white Starbucks “trespasser” “squatter” ever been arrested.

    Black folks love Starbucks and Whole Foods, two of the most racist companies in existence. Be disrespected and still go. I call a boycott on the BS. Shut them down!!

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    • bballen says:

      Thank you.I 👏👏👏

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    • Bobby says:

      I agree with you 100%. The narrative always seems to change in a negative way when it’s something involving Black person.

      A Black person sitting in Starbucks waiting on a friend and using WiFi, it’s considered illegally using the establishment’s services, theft and trespassing. A Whyt person sitting in Starbucks waiting on a friend, it’s considered enjoying their leisure while enjoying the free Internet services offered by Starbucks.

      I don’t go to Starbucks, and I have no idea why so many Black people go there. I understand why Whyt people go, it makes them feel as if their in the upper class of people and on a different level. Whole Foods is expensive, been there before, however I cannot remember the last time.

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    • applebottomgirl2011 says:

      PREACH!!! 🙌

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  16. bballen says:

    Watch.
    All they gone do is fire the person who started this shit storm. That person is a liability because they will now cost them millions and possibly a loss of black presence everywhere. I know my black ass ain’t neva going there.

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  17. queenc2010 says:

    I’M still trying to figure out what the crime was here. They calmly explained that they were waiting for a third party, who did show up.

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  18. adrianepage says:

    Please read the full post b4 commenting

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  19. sane2011 says:

    215-732-0125 is the phone number for this store to reach Holly Hylton the birch who phoned 911. I called but the number is off because it’s been blown up

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    • abelford2010 says:

      I just wanna ask since when did sitting down become a crime?

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      • angelhair2011 says:

        They didn’t order anything so the person who called police wanted them to leave. You are supposed to order something if you’re going to just sit there.

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      • masongrump says:

        Seriously?
        Did you even read the post uptop?
        Saahene said that a white man sitting next to her had been at the Starbucks for 30 minutes without making a purchase and a jogger came in and used the bathroom without making a purchase.

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  20. lillyposner says:

    This was racial discrimination and profiling at its best

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  21. lexyjay2010 says:

    This is fucked up and unacceptable on so many levels 😡 never went there and never will

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  22. neesy20110 says:

    Never liked Starbucks anyway.
    This story made world news.
    I’m sure it’s a wrap for them.

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  23. applebottomgirl2011 says:

    I pray they’re suing Starbucks for millions. That police dept. Too

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  24. queenc2010 says:

    Thank you Tracy.
    It too many blogs talking bout this

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  25. zpzlaw says:

    This country’s race relations and issues are on a climax right now. People are taught and testie and incidents like this only fuel more 🔥

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  26. acquittap says:

    Seriously outraged 😡 by this

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  27. Olivijah says:

    This country is a nightmare this is a clear cut and dry case of fear of the black man. Kind of seems like the spending power of African Americans has to be used to fight back in a capitalistic system.

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  28. Pinky says:

    This is crazy though. I know the rule of ‘must buy something,’ but most business aren’t sticklers about it. I can’t imagine enforcing this when all the two people are doing is sitting and conversing. IDK, I wouldn’t have asked them to leave.

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    • CorporateBitch says:

      Starbucks definitely isnt a “you must purchase something” location. Folks post up there ALL DAY EVERYDAY. Thats why even the white folks were like wtf… Cause Starbucks is the hipster chill spot.

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  29. Tamala says:

    I’m mad at the police (as usual) for taking the men into custody, holding them for 9 hours and not even charging them with anything.

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  30. Coco says:

    Smh Starbucks lost me with this one. I’ll never spend another red cent in that over priced mf.

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  31. Shawnia says:

    Maybe they should’ve purchased something to keep it drama free.

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  32. hooddwight27 says:

    YEA THE CEO IS SCHEDULED TO MEET WITH THE 2 MEN

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  33. uncleed2011 says:

    what a disgrace and an embarrassment to the chain. This leaves a stain on their brand

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  34. pointmen2010 says:

    Yea this right here. smh

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  35. gia2011 says:

    Smdh

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  36. soldierboy2011 says:

    THERE SHOULD BE OUTRAGE

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