Jacob Argintaru | Report

On Friday, Starbucks Canada announced it will be closing all of its stores on the afternoon of June 11 for ‘implicit bias training.’

In a memo, Starbucks Canada’s president Michael Conway says the training should create a “culture of warmth and belonging.”

“We believe that everyone deserves to be treated with respect,” the memo read. “We must never be complacent in our desire to be inclusive.”

The announcement comes shortly after an incident in Philadelphia where two men were arrested in a Starbucks for trespassing.

The two men were sitting inside of the Starbucks, waiting for a friend and had not bought anything. The manager asked them to buy something or leave, but they refused.

After being arrested, the two men claimed they were kicked out because of racism as they were Black and the manager was White.

The incident sparked nationwide protests and in response, American Starbucks will be closing 8,000 of their stores on May 29 for the same implicit-bias training.

More details to follow | Image of a Starbucks cup from SomeECards.

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