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Black men arrested at Starbucks settle with the company

Black men arrested at Starbucks settle with the company

Now, the men are being praised for their symbolically progressive settlement with the city.

"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", said Donte Robinson, one of those arrested. "So I was like, 'No, you're not stopping that right now'".

Robinson and Nelson's unprovoked arrest in a Philadelphia Starbucks last month drew worldwide interest and prompted the coffee shop chain to announce it would close on May 29 so that around 175,000 employees could receive anti racial bias training.

The two were held in a dirty jail cell as if they were criminals because a scared white woman didn't like the looks of them. After a few minutes, officers handcuff the men and lead them outside as other customers say they weren't doing anything wrong.

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The company faced widespread scrutiny over its handling of the incident.

Starbucks and the men said Wednesday that the full terms of the financial settlement will remain confidential. The amount was not disclosed.

Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson walked into a Starbucks in Philadelphia on April 12 and waited in the store for a third man to show up for their scheduled meeting.

Also, the men will be given the chance to discuss their experience and share their recommendations for changes at Starbucks with former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

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Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson apologized for the arrests, calling them "reprehensible".

"On Monday, June 11, 2018, we will close all our company-operated stores and offices across Canada for a portion of the afternoon, for partners to participate in a training session created to address implicit bias, promote conscious inclusion, and ensure everyone inside a Starbucks store feels safe and welcome", Starbucks Canada said in a statement Friday. They will each get a symbolic $1 each from the city, and Philadelphia has pledged $200,000 to start a program for young entrepreneurs.

They also said Robinson and Nelson will have an opportunity to provide input for the company's 'long-term diversity and equity efforts'.

According to reports, this is what the two men asked for when they approached city officials and agreed not to file a lawsuit against Philadelphia or its employees.

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Kenney said Nelson and Robinson approached the city as partners "to make something positive come of this".