Men Arrested At Philadelphia Starbucks Settle With City For $1
By Bill Galluccio
May 2, 2018
The two men who were arrested for trespassing at a Philadelphia Starbucks after a manager called police when they refused to order a drink or leave the coffee chain have agreed to a settlement with the city. Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson will each get $1 and Philadelphia promised to spend $200,000 to create a program to help high school students who wish to become entrepreneurs.
Robinson said that the settlement "is the best way to see that change that we want to see."
"We thought long and hard about it and we feel like this is the best way to see that change that we want to see. It's not a right-now thing that's good for right now, but I feel like we will see the true change over time."
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said the two men approached the city and offered to "to partner with them in an attempt to make something positive come of this."
"Rather than spending time, money, and resources to engage in a potentially adversarial process, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson approached the City and invited us to partner with them in an attempt to make something positive come of this."
As part of the deal, the record of their arrest will be expunged.
After video of their arrest went viral Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson announced that Starbucks across the country will close on May 29th so employees can participate in racial-bias training.