If that weren't bad enough, Philadelphia Police officers actually came, and arrested the men, reportedly for trespassing.
“The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything,” Melissa DePino said via Twitter. She posted this video of the arrest.
@Starbucks The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing. pic.twitter.com/0U4Pzs55Ci
— Melissa DePino (@missydepino) April 12, 2018
HuffPost, which notes the Starbucks manager is white, reports that "Lauren A. Wimmer, defense attorney for the pair who was arrested, told BuzzFeed that the man in the vest is Andrew Yaffe, a friend who was meeting the men at Starbucks. She declined to give the names of her two clients."
“What did they get called for?” Yaffe asks an officer in the video. “’Cause there are two black guys sitting here meeting me?”
Another voice can be heard saying, “They didn’t do anything. I saw the entire thing.”
The Philadelphia DA's office "told HuffPost that the two men were released at 1:30 a.m. Saturday. He said the DA will not bring charges against them."
Many are outraged.
Former South Carolina State Rep. Bakari Sellers summed it up:
“Starbucking while black” it’s a thing now https://t.co/HdyYMjxqrK
— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) April 14, 2018
Starbucks has apologized:
We apologize to the two individuals and our customers for what took place at our Philadelphia store on Thursday. pic.twitter.com/suUsytXHks
— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) April 14, 2018
But the anger and outrage is growing.
Some are also upset with the Starbucks statement itself:
"what took place"— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) April 14, 2018
This statement uses a lot of creative ways to avoid directly acknowledging that a Starbucks employee called the police on two men for being black. https://t.co/oguKjNnseW
Two black men waited for a friend in a Philadelphia @Starbucks. (I can’t count how many times that I’ve done that exact thing.) They were arrested after employees called the cops on them. The coffee chain has since issued a remarkably incomplete apology. https://t.co/gCpBlGsmWC— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) April 14, 2018
This is an example of saying a lot but saying nothing. Who called the cops, why did they call the cops, why were the black men targeted for minding their business. I have been to starbucks all over the country 50% of people there not doing nothing but chilling. Need better answer https://t.co/SdfDHSxK0C— Robert Littal (@BSO) April 14, 2018
This attorney says it's "worse than I thought."
Wait wait wait. Those two men cuffed for being black at Starbucks actually got arrested, taken to the precinct, and processed before DA Krasner had to intervene!? Thought they had been let go on scene soon after video. This is worse than I thought & thought it couldn’t get worse. https://t.co/AHeSMjDX11— Scott Hechinger (@ScottHech) April 14, 2018
Others have weighed in.
WTF? Problem, Blacks, especially Black men, are perceived as a menace. These men weren’t in a bank lobby waiting for a friend. They were in a damn Starbucks...THE “meet me” spot in America. https://t.co/ieB0L3uvhb— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) April 14, 2018
Some people think there is no such thing as racial profiling. That it is made-up or an exaggeration. It’s not. This type of thing still happens in America. People get arrested for doing nothing...but being black or being Hispanic.@Starbucks, you got some explaining to do. https://t.co/f1yo8akksW— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) April 14, 2018
I'm anxious all the time in public places. I get anxious sitting places without making a purchase. What happened to those brothers in a Starbucks demonstrates why. Black folks BE ANXIOUS.— Charlene Carruthers (@CharleneCac) April 14, 2018
So, @Starbucks if I’m going to ask a black friend or business associate to meet me at a Starbucks should I warn them to wait outside? Is there a dress code for black people I should warm them about? Never mind. I’ll go somewhere else. Can’t risk it.— Justin Bukoski (@JustinBukoski) April 13, 2018
2 innocent Black men, who are real estate brokers, were at @Starbucks waiting on a friend, and the police were called on them. And they were taken out in handcuffs. Literally for nothing. Black Americans have to come to terms with the fact that we are under military occupation https://t.co/Frtf0VOjod— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) April 13, 2018
Be advised: I’ll continue waiting at @Starbucks and if cops arrest me for no valid reason, I want y’all to protest, riot, and be righteously indignant. I’m exhausted with people policing the rightful rage of Black folks just so we can be seen as “respectable.” Enough is enough.— PrestonMitchum (@PrestonMitchum) April 14, 2018
That Starbucks shit happens ALL the time to Black people. We constantly get the cops called on us for just existing. When I was 14 me and my best friend were walking down the street and detained by cops for like 45 mins. They kept trying to get us to say we "broke into a school."— Marcus H. Johnson (@marcushjohnson) April 14, 2018
Black teen in Michigan shot at when he knocks on a door to ask for directions. Black men in Philly arrested at Starbucks for minding their own business. Don't knock on a door, go to Starbucks, drive, walk, eat. Just die. That is what they want.#BoycottStarbucks #BlackLivesMatter— Margaret Kimberley (@freedomrideblog) April 13, 2018
Not once have I ever been asked to leave Starbucks, even after sitting there for hours & not ordering a thing.— TOᑭ ᖇOᑭE TᖇAViS 🇺🇸 (@TopRopeTravis) April 14, 2018
I wonder "what if" if I was black or brown...
Anyone who denies white privilege exists is either ignorant or in denial.
These actions are unacceptable @Starbucks!