Over 8,000 Starbucks locations will close this afternoon for diversity training.
After a video went viral last month of two black men men being arrested for merely waiting for a friend meet them at a local Philadelphia Starbucks, the coffee company decided to be proactive.
Starbucks has been open this morning, but will close around 2pm or 3pm. Over 175,000 employees will attend the training. We hope this will help the huge problem. If you're looking for that afternoon coffee you'll have to find it elsewhere today!
For several hours this afternoon, we will close stores and offices to discuss how to make Starbucks a place where all people feel welcome.— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) May 29, 2018
Thank you for your patience and support as we renew our promise to make Starbucks an inclusive gathering place for all.
See you tomorrow.