After two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks for refusing to leave the store when asked, CEO Kevin Johnson issued an edict that all stores will be closed for a day in May so employees can receive sensitivity training.
We don’t know the full story yet but we do know they were denied access to the washroom due to Starbucks policy that washrooms are reserved for paying customers only.
Up to that point, they were not paying customers and were allegedly asked to leave. They didn’t leave, police were called and they were charged with trespassing.
Cue the outrage.
The CEO jumped to action convinced this was a genuine crisis. Overnight, Starbucks devolved from a cool and comfy cafe to a chain of miniature sanctuary cities.
The men arrested weren’t homeless but we just saw a corporation’s knee-jerk reaction to the mere suggestion that an employee might have demonstrated “racism” by calling the cops.
We live in a time when optics, as opposed to common sense, moves the dial on so-called social justice issues like that evil “implicit bias.”