Starbucks in ANOTHER race row: Black man shows video of staff at LA store refusing to let him use the bathroom – but letting a white man use it moments later
We as negroes know that casual racism is a way of life for us the storys below do not shock or surprise us every negro faces this action weekly daily monthly its just that on this occassion it was caught on camera.
- Brandon Ward, 26, attended a Starbucks store and asked to use the bathroom
- Staff refused but he claims a white man was let in without buying anything
- He waited outside while filming and asked the man if he’d bought anything
- Mr Ward confronted the store manager asking if it was because he was black
Another black Starbucks customer claims he was denied entry to the bathroom – moments before a white man was let in without buying anything.
Brandon Ward filmed himself in one of the coffee chain’s outlets in Torrance, Los Angeles, after he claimed to have been denied the bathroom code.
A young white man with glasses named Weston was seen emerging from the bathroom before Mr Ward approached him in the video shot on January 23.
Brandon Ward filmed himself waiting outside the Starbucks bathroom (left) until Weston (right) came out and he asked him if he bought anything before going in
Mr Ward (pictured) claims he was denied entry to the Starbucks bathroom – moments before a white man was let in without buying anything
The 26-year-old asked if Weston bought anything, and was told he hadn’t but was just about to go to the counter and get food.
‘Before you made a purchase they let you use the restroom, right?’ Mr Ward asked.
‘I just typed in the code,’ Weston replied, to which the other man said ‘they gave you the code before you made a purchase?’
The pair then walked over to the counter and Mr Ward confronted the store manager wanting to know why a white man was allowed into the bathroom but not him.
The pair then walked over to the counter and Mr Ward confronted the store manager (left) wanting to know why Weston (right), a white man, was allowed into the bathroom but not him
A security guard very quickly arrived and tried to get him to calm down and leave the store
The video was shot on January 23 at this Starbucks outlet in Torrance, Los Angeles
The manager denied giving Weston the bathroom code and told Mr Ward to stop recording and leave the store.
‘Is it my skin colour?’ he asked as Weston, clearly not comfortable with what he’d gotten himself into, put up his hands saying ‘I don’t know’.
‘I can’t use the bathroom but Weston could? I think it may be my skin color,’ Mr Ward repeated.
A security guard very quickly arrived and tried to get him to calm down and leave the store, but Mr Ward talked over him.
Two black men arrested for not ‘ordering anything’ in Starbucks
The video emerged as Starbucks was embrollied in a PR nightmare after two black men were arrested for refusing to leave a store in Philadelphia
‘This is going to be on social media!’ he declared before the video ended.
Mr Ward later said police arrived after he was escorted outside and had already walked down the street. Torrance police confirmed they were called in.
He said he was in the Starbucks to wait for a friend and saw a sign with the bathroom policy. He asked if he could go then buy something after but was told no.
The video emerged as Starbucks was embrollied in a PR nightmare after two black men were arrested for refusing to leave a store in Philadelphia.
The pair, like Mr Ward, were denied use of the bathroom in the Center City outlet and the store manager called police when they refused to leave.
Starbucks chief executive Kevin Johnson has since apologised, calling the incident ‘reprehensible’, and the store manager named Holly left the company.
The incident sparked sit-ins and protests at the store as many claim the black men were racially profiled by the manager
The incident sparked sit-ins and protests at the store as many claim the black men were racially profiled by the manager.
On Monday, interfaith clergy leaders staged a sit-in at the Center City Starbucks to demand action.
Mr Johnson met with the two men on Monday to apologize to them face-to-face.
He added that Starbucks wanted to add training for store managers on ‘unconscious bias’ and said it was ‘completely inappropriate to engage the police’.
‘I’d like to have a dialogue with them and the opportunity to listen to them with compassion and empathy through the experience they went through,’ he said.
Officials said police officers were told the men had asked to use the store’s restroom but were denied because they hadn’t bought anything and they refused to leave.
Video shows several police talking quietly with two black men seated at a table. After a few minutes, officers handcuff the men and lead them outside as other customers say they weren’t doing anything wrong.
The pair were not charged after Starbucks declined to proceed with trespassing charges and they were quickly released.
Holly claimed to TechBook that the store had regular problems with excessive loitering and Starbucks corporate has a policy against it at the specific store.
She said managers had the discretion to call police to enforce the policy, and didn’t even warn people that they were doing so.