Starbucks to Close Tuesday Afternoon for Sensitivity Training

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Starbucks to Close Tuesday Afternoon for Sensitivity Training
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All Starbucks coffee shops will close at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday for sensitivity training, except for a select few.

Starbucks made the announcement earlier this month that they will close their stores and offices to discuss how to make their locations "a place where all feel welcome" with their 170,000 employees. 

The announcement came on the heels of heavy criticism after an incident where an employee called law enforcement to arrest and escort two African American men out of a downtown Philadelphia store for simply sitting inside for a meeting without making a purchase. 

The coffee-chain condemned the arrests and announced changes to their policies nationwide. 

In an open letter to Starbucks customers released this morning, chairman Howard Schultz called the training the beginning of a "new chapter in our history." The arrests of Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, both 23, "prompted us to reflect more deeply on all forms of bias, the role of our stores in communities and our responsibility to ensure that nothing like this happens again at Starbucks,” Schulz said.

However, not all Starbucks locations will be closed Tuesday afternoon. About 7,000 licensed Starbucks stores found in hotels, airports, college campuses, commercial buildings and grocery stores have the option to remain open. Starbucks said in a statement that the training content will be shared with these stores “so they may have the option to make it available to their employees at a later date.”

Target, the big mass merchandizer, put a statement on its website saying that the Starbucks cafes in about 1,500 of its stores will remain open all-day May 29.

If you're needing your afternoon caffeine fix, here are the local Starbucks stores that will remain open on Tuesday, May 29th:

Ralphs, Downtown Santa Barbara
100 W. Carrillo Street
Open until 9:00 p.m.
Ralphs, Goleta
5170 Hollister Ave
Open until 9:00 p.m.
1180 University Center
Open until 10:00 p.m.
Albertson's Goleta
7127 Hollister Ave
(schedule is unknown)
Von's Lompoc
729 N H Street
Open until 9:00 p.m.
Albertson's Orcutt
1120 E. Clark Ave
Open until 8:00 p.m.
Albertson's Santa Maria
2320 S Broadway
Open until 8:00 p.m.
Target Santa Maria
223 E Betteravia
Open until 9:00 p.m.
Von's Ventura
115 W. Main Street
Open until 9:00 p.m.
Von's Ventura
2764 E Thompson Blvd
Open until 9:00 p.m.
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Lucky 777 May 30, 2018 12:37 PM
Starbucks to Close Tuesday Afternoon for Sensitivity Training

Much more important is their announcement that now you don't have to BUY ANYTHING to sit in there OR use their bathrooms. I don't patronize this chain, BUT I am delighted that now the bums and transients can have a place to poop other than the sidewalk, and to hang out other than the public library. May they attract all the flotsam and be their non-profit holding playpen.

a-1590727140 May 29, 2018 03:42 PM
Starbucks to Close Tuesday Afternoon for Sensitivity Training

We refuse to support this "phony baloney" racist organization. When I go out for coffee, all I want or expect Please keep your social lessons to yourselves. My prediction is that their failed attempt to transform their workers into robotic clones will be follwed by a masssive downturn in sales. We go to the French Press, SB Roco, and preaching at those places.

a-1590727140 May 29, 2018 04:11 PM
Starbucks to Close Tuesday Afternoon for Sensitivity Training

....maybe racist is the wrong word to use, but maybe there is a better word to describe Starbucks having two black men arrested....for doing nothing wrong. Innsensitive? No. Unfortunate? No. Discrimminitory? Maybe.

mm1970 May 30, 2018 09:47 AM
Starbucks to Close Tuesday Afternoon for Sensitivity Training

Having been through many years of sensitivity-type training - first in the military in the era of Tailhook and Don't Ask/ Don't Tell, and later on in just general anti-bias training in companies... They teach you mostly what NOT to do. What NOT to say. Things that seem innocuous to you that are actually racist, sexist, etc. The whole idea of sensitivity-type training is not new at all (hence the training that I got starting in the early 1990s). Plenty of info out there if you want to look it up.

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