"We want you to be 'more than'".
Until now, Starbucks has held a "loose" policy of letting paying customers use the store's restroom, but managers had discretion to allow others to use the restroom as well.
"We must do more for our employees, more for the communities we serve", said Schultz in a press release. When they then sat in the store without ordering anything, the manager called police, and the men were arrested for trespassing.
Starbucks didn't immediately respond to a request for further details about the change announced by Schultz. Clearly, people hang out in coffee shops all the time, sometimes even (gasp) near the bathrooms-which brings us to this new policy.
Starbucks Says Bathrooms Will Be Open to Everyone After Controversial Arrest of 2 Black Men
Philly.com reports that Executive chairman Howard Schultz spoke at a Q&A session called "The Role and Responsibility of a Global Company" in Washington on Thursday and said that moving forward the restaurant will work to foster an inclusive environment by giving anyone the bathroom key.
"We were absolutely wrong in every way: the policy and the decision she made - but it's the company that's responsible". And one thing led to another.
Nelson and Robinson settled with Starbucks earlier this month for an undisclosed sum and an offer of a free college education. Separately, they reached a deal with Philadelphia for a symbolic $1 each and a promise from city officials to set up a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs.
The arrest, which quickly went viral, prompted Starbucks to close 8,000 USA locations for the afternoon on May 29 to "conduct racial-bias education geared toward preventing discrimination in our stores".
How to watch Microsoft's Build keynotes this week
The IoT Edge runtime is the piece that runs on each IoT Edge device and manages the modules deployed to each device. The software giant described its mission at the conference this way: "to help every developer be an AI developer".