Apr 15, 2018

Starbucks apologises amid backlash over arrest of black men

Coffee chain Starbucks has apologised after two black men were arrested while waiting for a friend at one of their shops in the US city of Philadelphia. Starbucks chief executive Kevin Johnson said the video was "Hard to watch" and that the actions taken were "Wrong". In a statement released on Saturday, Mr Johnson expressed "Our deepest apologies" to the two men involved in the incident and said Starbucks would do "Whatever we can to make things right". "The video shot by customers is very hard to watch and the actions in it are not representative of our Starbucks mission and values," Mr Johnson said. The footage of the incident, which has received nearly nine million views so far, sparked criticism and calls for a boycott of the Starbucks coffee store.

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