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UPDATE!!! 'They didn’t do anything’: Viral video shows police arresting two men in Starbucks for ‘ridiculous’ reason UPDATE
Saturday at 7:46 AM
UPDATE:
STARBUCKS WILL BE CLOSING ALL 8K OF THEIR LOCATIONS IN THE US ON MAY 29TH FOR EDUCATION ON RACIAL BIAS TOO ALL OF THEIR 180K EMPLOYEES.



IMAGINE sitting down in a cafe with a mate, and not ordering anything because you were waiting for another friend, only to have police storm the place and arrest you.

Sounds ridiculous, right?

For two men sitting in a Philadelphia Starbucks this situation unfortunately became their reality. Footage filmed by a witness in the shop shows how the shocking incident played out.

“The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything,” wrote Melissa DePino, who posted the video on Twitter.

“They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white people are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing.”

@Starbucks The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing. pic.twitter.com/0U4Pzs55Ci

— Melissa DePino (@missydepino) April 12, 2018

Whoever called the police should be the one arrested.

— Small Screen Girl (@KiraJW) April 13, 2018

Unless someone is bleeding in the street, or otherwise threatening/committing violence, everyone needs to just STOP CALLING THE POLICE ON PEOPLE.

— Carol Ott 🏚️ (@CarolSOtt) April 13, 2018

Damn shame. We are so policed but when the police and FBI get tips about people shooting up schools or White families abusing their kids, they overlook it and then act surprised when tragedy strikes. 🙄

— Hannah Drake (@HannahDrake628) April 13, 2018

The video shows two African-American men being handcuffed in the coffee shop. They are surrounded by at least five police officers. Witnesses in the cafe are stunned by the arrest.

“This is ridiculous,” says a customer. “What did [the police] get called for, because there are two black guys sitting here eating? What did they do? Tell me, what did they do? Someone tell me what they did?”

Other customers can also be heard defending the men. “They didn’t do anything,” one says. “I saw the entire thing.”

The two men, who remain calm during the arrest, are then led out of the restaurant in handcuffs. Ms DePino said in a later post that the two men were released in the early hours of the morning.

“They are real estate brokers and were at Starbucks to meet their family friend. That’s all I have for now,” she wrote. The video has been shared more than 17,000 times and attracted nearly 1000 comments.

“Ever since I posted this, I’ve had white strangers AND friends say ‘there must be something more to this story’. That assumption is a big part of the problem. It does happen. All the time. Just not to you and me. Believe it and speak up.”

The response to the video has been strong, with many quick to condemn the arrest.

“White people’s incredulity at the reality of racism that POC [people of colour] face on a daily basis underscores just how pernicious racism is,” wrote one Twitter user.

“I’m white and it bothers me that other white people are blindly giving the cops the benefit of the doubt and not to the very calm guys minding their own business in a public place (who happen to be black),” another said. “Their blatant racism towards those men is disgusting.”

Starbucks has been contacted for comment

Video:
http://www.news.com.au/finance/business/retail/they-didnt-do-anything-viral-video-shows-police-arresting-two-men-in-starbucks-for-ridiculous-reason/news-story/667955b1635a2edf2f129533aa388a55

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  • Mommy_Bee_
    Saturday at 7:56 AM
    This is getting to be bullshit.
    What was their crime?
    I smell a lawsuit coming.
  • Carpy
    by Carpy
    Saturday at 8:01 AM
    That's pretty sickening. That will shine well on Starbucks as well.
  • couture-mommy
    Saturday at 8:07 AM
    And I love Starbucks too. Smh


    Quoting Carpy: That's pretty sickening. That will shine well on Starbucks as well.
  • anxiousschk
    Saturday at 8:38 AM

    Starbucks needs to clearly and quickly speak up.  

    Do we know who called yet?  I'm wondering if it was one of their employees or if it was a patron -- when reading it, I assumed it was a Starbucks employee -- and yet didn't blame the company at all, just felt it was the action of a racist employee.  

    When responding, I realized it could have been a patron.  

    When will people realize that stuff like this happens all the time, without "more to the story"??  


    Quoting Carpy: That's pretty sickening. That will shine well on Starbucks as well.


  • Carpy
    by Carpy
    Saturday at 8:49 AM
    I don't know who called. I'd assume an employee. I was glad to see others speaking up. I hope the two men sue.

    Quoting anxiousschk:

    Starbucks needs to clearly and quickly speak up.  

    Do we know who called yet?  I'm wondering if it was one of their employees or if it was a patron -- when reading it, I assumed it was a Starbucks employee -- and yet didn't blame the company at all, just felt it was the action of a racist employee.  

    When responding, I realized it could have been a patron.  

    When will people realize that stuff like this happens all the time, without "more to the story"??  

    Quoting Carpy: That's pretty sickening. That will shine well on Starbucks as well.

  • turtle68
    Saturday at 9:03 AM

    wonderful.  Nice to know that if you call the cops, mentioning black guys acting suspicious will get people handcuffed in an instant...without questions even.

    Nah its not a racist country at all.

  • Fat.Bottom.Girl
    Saturday at 9:11 AM
    Where did this happen?
  • Fat.Bottom.Girl
    Saturday at 9:13 AM
    Nm, I see that it was in Philly.
  • Damn_Pixi
    Saturday at 9:17 AM
    This is ridiculous...
  • nb34
    by nb34
    Saturday at 9:23 AM

    Absolutely ridiculous. I have done this same thing many times, waited for all parties to arrive before ordering  drinks, I thought that was normal practice.

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