Jacqueline Larma / AP
The two black men arrested last month in a Philadelphia Starbucks have reached an agreement with the coffee chain and the city.
Business Partners 23, Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, Arrested on April 12 Starbucks is waiting for a co-worker without ordering anything. The video of her arrest by the Philadelphia police became viral, provoked protests and became a major embarrassment to Starbucks and the city.
As part of the incident, on May 29, Starbucks closed 8,000 of its stores for racist prejudice. 19659008] Robinson and Nelson agreed to an agreement with Starbucks for an undisclosed sum and offer of free tuition fees through an online program with Arizona State University created four years ago for Starbucks employees.
In a separate you received $ 1 symbolic from the City of Philadelphia as well as pledges from officials to establish a $ 200,000 public high school program for young entrepreneurs.
"We've spent a long time thinking and believe that this is the best way to recognize this change, we want to see, "Robinson told the Associated Press.
The AP adds, "Robinson and Nelson, who grew up in an economically depressed part of the city, said the settlements were a good start to changing their community and creating the kinds of opportunities that did not exist,
In a statement, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson thanked Robinson and Nelson "for their willingness to reconcile."
"Starbucks will continue to take action The result of this incident is the repair and validation of our values and Visions for the kind of business we want to be, "said Johnson.
The city spokesman, Mike Dunn, said that the settlement with Philadelphia the city and its employees of "a ny and all claims." Mayor Jim Kenney also praised the settlement.
"Instead of spending time, money and resources to engage in a potentially adversarial process, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson approached the city and invited us to work with them. Positive things come from this," Kenney said in one Statement quoted by the Philadelphia Inquirer. "This agreement is the result of these discussions, and I look forward to seeing the fruits of those efforts over the coming months and years."
The incident occurred when Robinson and Nelson were waiting to meet a third man over a property opportunity at a Starbucks in Philadelphia's affluent Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. The director of the shop called the police said the two refused to leave after ordering nothing.
As NPRs Emily Sullivan and Jenny Gathright wrote last month, "When the police arrived, two Starbucks employees told them they had asked two men. The men allegedly refused to leave after being questioned by Starbucks employees [Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard] Ross also said that the two men refused to leave after being asked by police three times. "