Today, Starbucks will close over 8,000 stores for a couple hours to conduct "anti bias" training in response to the incident at one of their stores in Philadelphia last month. Valuable use of time or overreaction?
I think businesses are stupid for making you buy something just to pee in their bathrooms. Geez, if you gotta pee, you gotta pee. With all that backlash, I figure, unless they're stupid, I'd hope most of their employees would know not to pull that again.
Valuable. They can now cover their liability better.
I disagree with why they are doing it but hey, it’s their business, they can do whatever they want with their employees, as long as it’s legal.
Most corporations have this kind of training annually.
True, but they don't typically close a store down, let alone all stores in America, to conduct it.
First time for everything?
Their store mgr that called the cops put the company in a bad light.
It’s a shame that there is so little respect for others in this country.
It’s main value is as a PR move.
It’s known as “saving face”. This, plus their recent policy change, has mostly succeeded in restoring their reputation amongst their target market. So to call this anything less than a win would be inaccurate.
Note that my observations are those of somebody on the outside who has rejected Starbucks for years (for product quality, strictly).
Not sure why as the Starbucks employees did exactly what Starbucks policy required.
I agree. Made something out of nothing
Overreaction but will probably score some points with their small minded ignorant base.
So anyone who enjoys Starbucks is small minded and ignorant?
No. Just the ones that a political stunt like this would score points with.
Does anyone know if hanging out there without buying anything is policy now? I imagine the homeless people would take it over, especially in extremes of weather and begging will ensue.
They should have done this instead of announcing their bathrooms are open to everyone.
I said valuable but only from a liability standpoint. Now they have a leg to stand on showing they took the incident seriously if it is necessary to show that in court.
They should stay closed.
I’m so happy now that I don’t work at Starbucks
I think it's a gross overreaction to an isolated incident that doesn't actually appear to carry implicit bias with it. Waste of time
Lesson 1: How to not think what you do
Lesson 2: Ignoring instincts
Lesson 3: Internalizing deep, deep shame
They think their employees need a correction so be it. They’ll teach them to treat white people the same as people of color.
Ron ... fat chance! They focus on the things that will destroy their business.
Lesson learn will be see black people, treat them differently than others.
I always wanted to pee there without buying a Latte Frappe, chocolate, cup of crappe.
Ron ... I’ve been to Starbucks and the Starbucks knock-offs, but never by choice. These places are dripping with arrogance and ignorance.
The people that frequent these places are the same people who applauded the emperor with his new “clothes”.