On May 29th, Starbucks will be closing its 8,000 company-owned stores in the United States for one afternoon to educate employees about racial bias. Yet Schultz believes this may not simply be an "isolated" occurrence, which is why Starbucks is going to great lengths to provide further training - while enlisting NAACP Counsel and President of Legal Defense Fund Sherrilyn Ifill - for the company's 175,000 employees.
Dr. Aswin Subanthore, ENODO Global's director of analysis in South Asia, said on Twitter that Starbucks is "horribly mistaken" if the company thinks it can "use just one day to train its employees on racial bias".
Even if the threatened boycott does not materialize, the 8,000 temporary store closures will nearly certainly have an impact on sales.
Starbucks is shutting its so-called company-operated stores temporarily on the afternoon of May 29 - the day after Memorial Day - to train almost 175,000 employees.
Starbucks is one of the most high-profile and beloved brands in the world and its long-time CEO Howard Schultz was not one to shy away from hard conversations over thorny issues such as gay marriage, gun control and Congressional gridlock.
The stand-alone Starbucks store at 42140 Big Bear Blvd.in Big Bear Lake next to U.S. Bank is a company-owned store.
As the world has heard and saw, at least six Philadelphia police officers arrested two Black men at Starbucks after an employee called 911.
Philadelphia Police late on Tuesday released the series of calls that led to their arrests.
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. The manager, who since left the company, reportedly called the police because the men refused to leave the store and wanted to use the bathroom without paying for something.
"In fact, they were really trying not to make an arrest in this case", Ross said.
"It's good that Starbucks is giving all staff race trainings on May 29". But police commissioner defended the officers who responded to the incident.