Listen i hate starbucks .....for a lot of reasons ......but mainly one .......their coffee is ass!!!!......i will never understand .......as long as there is blood coursing through my veins ....... why it got so popular .....it tastes like shit ....the worst coffee ......and the most annoying part is ....... the customers who come in and order a coffee ....... with all the add ons .....you know......... who they are half soy/skim milk/98degs/foam/syrup/.....etc ....etc .....you have seen them .........or maybe know them ......i will not be friends with someone who needs that much shit in coffee ........it's just coffee ........i have never ever liked starbucks... ...over rated place .........and knock of the barista shit .......you pour coffee .....i do not want dancing elephants on my coffee ......it's just fucking coffee leave it alone .........well with that said 8000 temp closed stores that has to sting joe's wallet i think his name is Howard Schultz..... ....who ever he is i think he lives in sag harbor .......which is not allowed a Starbucks ......of course .....howard is worth 4 billion clams/bucks/dollars/flims.............so that will be a tax write off ....he has made his money.....i bet the manager is happy as fuck .....nice retirement ........anyways kudos to anyone working there i just find it a strange place .......not my bag !!!.........anyways it is new jersey after all .........i am surprised it is not mob run ......well anyways i hate strabucks coffee .......just so you know .......
The episode plunged one of America’s most ubiquitous brands into crisis.
In April 2018, two Black men entered a Starbucks shop in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood of Philadelphia for a business meeting with a white man who had not yet arrived. While they waited, and before ordering, one of the two asked to use the bathroom. He was refused. Eventually, they were asked to leave. When they did not, an employee called the police.
The subsequent arrests, captured in videos viewed millions of times online, prompted accusations of racism, protests and boycott threats. The company’s CEO apologized publicly, describing the way the men had been treated as “reprehensible.” Starbucks took the extraordinary step of temporarily closing 8,000 stores to teach workers about racial bias.- ADVERTISEMENT -
On Monday, in a surprising twist, a federal jury in New Jersey ordered Starbucks to pay $25.6 million to a former regional manager after determining that the company had fired her amid the fallout from the Rittenhouse Square episode because she was white.
The jury found that Starbucks had violated the federal civil rights of the former manager, Shannon Phillips, as well as a New Jersey law that prohibits discrimination based on race, awarding her $600,000 in compensatory damages and $25 million in punitive damages.
Laura Carlin Mattiacci, a lawyer for Phillips, said she and her client were “very pleased” with the unanimous verdict, adding that “she proved by ‘clear and convincing evidence’ that punitive damages were warranted” under the New Jersey law.
A Starbucks spokesperson declined to comment.
At the time of the episode, Phillips oversaw about 100 stores in Philadelphia, southern New Jersey, Delaware and parts of Maryland. She had been promoted to the job in 2011 after what she called her “exemplary performance” in six years as a district manager in Ohio.
Phillips said in the suit that Starbucks, as part of its damage-control effort after the arrests, had sought to punish her and other white employees in and around Philadelphia even if they had not been involved in the events that led to the police being called.
Phillips said she had thrown herself into the company’s efforts to restore its credibility and had sought to support hourly workers, organizing managers to staff stores and cover for employees who were scared to run a gantlet of protesters.
Amid the image-burnishing campaign, Phillips said one of her superiors, a Black woman, told her to suspend a white manager who oversaw stores in Philadelphia, though not the one in Rittenhouse Square, because of allegations that he had engaged in discriminatory conduct — allegations that Phillips said she knew to be untrue.
In contrast, Phillips said, no action was taken against the manager who oversaw the Rittenhouse Square store, a Black man who Phillips said had promoted the employee who called the police.
Phillips said she was fired not long after balking at the order to suspend the white manager. She said that she had not been previously told that she was doing a bad job and that the only explanation she was given for the firing was that “the situation is not recoverable.”
Starbucks denied in court filings that Phillips had been fired because she was white and said she was let go because she performed poorly in response to the episode that led to the arrests.
“During this time of crisis,” a lawyer for Starbucks wrote in a court filing, the company’s “Philadelphia market needed a leader who could perform,” adding that “Ms. Phillips failed in every aspect of that role.”
Starbucks ultimately chose not to press charges against the men at the center of the episode, Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, both 23 at the time. Before suing over the ordeal, they reached a confidential financial settlement with the company and got a commitment from the city of Philadelphia to invest $200,000 to help young entrepreneurs.
“I want to make sure that this situation doesn’t happen again,” Robinson said in an interview at the time. “What I want is for young men to not be traumatized by this, and instead motivated, inspired.”
Efforts to reach Robinson and Nelson on Tuesday were unsuccessful.