Published On: Mon, Apr 16th, 2018

Philly Starbucks manager ‘no longer’ at store amid protests

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The Philadelphia Starbucks manager who called the police on two black men — which went viral and sparked nationwide outrage — was removed from the coffee house that was flooded with protesters Monday.

A Starbucks representative told the Daily News the manager “no longer works at that store,” but declined to identify the employee.

A spokeswoman previously told the Philadelphia Inquirer the person left the company, but later clarified it was that specific location “while there is an internal review pending.” 

Demonstrators poured into the Starbucks in Philadelphia for the second day in a row, shouting down executives who tried to engage the crowd, and the store was reportedly closed by Monday afternoon.

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“Starbucks coffee is anti-black,” about two dozen protesters chanted as they first filled the coffee house after 7 a.m.

A pair of Philadelphia police officers cuffed the two men last Thursday after workers at the Starbucks called 911. The men asked to use the bathroom, but were denied access because they hadn’t ordered anything and didn’t leave when asked, authorities said.

The java giant has come under fire for the incident, which was captured on cellphone video, and the Seattle-based company’s apologies haven’t calmed furious protesters.

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“We know that you don’t have the power to change everything — you’re just a figure head,” shouted one protester to Starbucks executives in a video carried by ABC affiliate WPVI. “But we’re going to get to those in power, and we’re going to make sure that we shut you down.”  

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By 1 p.m., a sign posted to the door said the coffee house was “temprorily closed,” according to a local NBC News reporter.

“We apologize for the inconvenience,” it continued.

Starbucks didn’t immediately return a request for comment Monday.  

Police Commissioner Richard Ross said his officers reluctantly carried out the arrest.

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“I can tell you that that police officer did not want to have to make an arrest in that incident,” he told WPVI. “The whole thing, we just wish it didn’t happen.”

Starbucks has apologized for the incident, while the Philadelphia police commissioner said the officer involved was reluctant to make the arrest.

Starbucks has apologized for the incident, while the Philadelphia police commissioner said the officer involved was reluctant to make the arrest.

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Ross also defended his earlier remarks that the officers didn’t break any rules.

“Here’s the thing, unless someone comes forward with something more than I know now, it doesn’t appear that they did anything wrong at all,” the commissioner said. “In fact, they were really trying not to make an arrest in this case.”

His remarks came as protestors carried their weekend demonstrations into the work week.

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“We don’t want this Starbucks to make any money today. That’s our goal,” Abdul-Aliy Muhammad of the Black and Brown Workers Collective said outside the store.

Camille Hymes, the Starbucks regional vice president, tried in vain to speak but was drowned out by demonstrators.

The men, whose identities haven’t been released, were later released by the district attorney’s office because of a lack of evidence.

Johnson has ventured to Philadelphia and apologized for the incident.

Johnson has ventured to Philadelphia and apologized for the incident.

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Their lawyer told WPVI they were waiting for a third man to hold a business meeting.

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson is in Philadelphia to deal with the crisis, but hasn’t met with the two men.

He told ABC News there are certain times when staff should call the cops — but this was not one of them.

“It was completely inappropriate to engage the police,” he said.

“I’ll say the circumstances surrounding the incident and the outcome at our store on Thursday were reprehensible,” Johnson said on “GMA.” “They were wrong, and for that, I personally apologize to the gentlemen that visited our store.”



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