Local Starbucks close for anti-bias training , coffee customers react

The closure included several locations in Toledo such as the one here on Central Avenue (courtesy:NBC24.com).

TOLEDO, OHIO (WNWO)-- In April two black men were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks for sitting down without ordering before a business meeting. On Tuesday, just one month later locations across the country have closed early on Tuesday may 29th for racial bias training.

"Apparently they definitely need it, you know watching the news and seeing how those two men were treated was disgusting to be honest," said one Toledo man.

In an official video put out by the company the released a statement saying "This is not who we aspire to be."

The closure included several locations in Toledo such as the one on Central Avenue. Stores placed a flyer on the door alerting customers.

One employee told NBC 24 that it's a needed training as he sees racism on the job frequently.

Some simply don't think it will help. A Toledo man who didn't want to go one camera says he's not impressed by the store chain's efforts.

"I think it's probably more of a publicity stunt i feel like they're only doing it just to recoup losses."

For Coffee karma employee Nicole Danford she says it's just a reminder that all customers need to be treated with respect.

"Everybody should be able to enjoy coffee because it makes people happy.""

The training poses a greater question. In a world where it's clear racism is an issue, how do we confront something ingrained in history, something you can't feel or touch.

For Fremont resident Gavin Murray it's a conversation. He's happy the chain is taking initiative.

" I think that's a great idea, make more people aware understanding to people's situations."

The chain will open Wednesday as regularly scheduled.

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