On Friday, a video of two Black men getting arrested on Thursday inside of a Philadelphia Starbucks went viral.
You can see an onlooker in the video asking the officers and other customers “What did they get called for?” Another bystander responds off-camera, “They didn’t do anything. I saw the entire thing. They asked to use the bathroom, and the woman says, ‘It’s for paying customers only.’”
Author Melissa DePino uploaded a video of the incident with the accompanied comment:
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.
Outrage grows as Witnesses give their accounts of the ugly scene, saying that the manager didn’t even ask the men to leave before calling law enforcements. Now people are urging to boycott Starbucks.
White people: watch the Starbucks arrest video. See the white folks arguing with the police and asking why two innocent black men were being arrested? THIS is how you use your privilege. Because if one of us had said something we’d get arrested too.
— chris evans (@notcapnamerica) April 14, 2018
I’ve seen people…
Studying in Starbucks.
Sleeping in Starbucks.
Dancing in Starbucks.
Singing in Starbucks.
Arguing in Starbucks.
Eating outside food in Starbucks.
Working out inside Starbucks.
Loitering for hours in Starbucks.
But Starbucks While Black crosses the line?
— Mo Salih (@MohamedMOSalih) April 15, 2018
Y'all are racist.
Give me free coffee for life.@Starbucks
— Hotep Jesus (@VibeHi) April 14, 2018
Some people think there is no such thing as racial profiling. That it is made-up or an exaggeration. It’s not. This type of thing still happens in America. People get arrested for doing nothing…but being black or being Hispanic.@Starbucks, you got some explaining to do. https://t.co/f1yo8akksW
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) April 14, 2018
I'm done. I'm absolutely done with watching while Black people are criminalized, arrested, shot at, and executed because white folks cannot police their imagination.
There is no earthly reason two men simply waiting on a friend at @Starbucks should have ended up in handcuffs.
— Andray (@andraydomise) April 14, 2018
What the FUCK @Starbucks?!?! You are now arresting black people for just sittin'? Pretty damn deplorable. I bet Dunkin', Winchells, or Krispy Kreme would love to have your business AND treat their Customers better. https://t.co/AbvJ0bsRCX
— 🖕🏻Aunt Crabby calls Bullshit 🖕🏻 (@DearAuntCrabby) April 15, 2018
What the HELL is going on in our country right now? Blacks can't go for a coffee, ask for directions or walk down the street without the threat of police involvement or being shot & killed by the police
I go Starbucks every day but after this, never EVER again! #BoycottStarbucks https://t.co/0ygi8HsTGD
— Cathleen Burke (@ItsMeCathi) April 14, 2018
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) April 14, 2018
Both Starbucks and the Philadelphia Police Department have launched their own separate internal investigations, and will comment further once they’re completed. Starbucks has since issued an apology via Twitter:
We apologize to the two individuals and our customers for what took place at our Philadelphia store on Thursday. pic.twitter.com/suUsytXHks
— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) April 14, 2018