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StarbucksBusiness Insider SA writes that Starbucks will be closing all of its 8,000 locations across the US for the afternoon of 29 May for "racial-bias education" training, but not in SA.  

The decision to temporarily close US stores comes after two black men were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks when they tried to use the bathroom without ordering anything.  Footage of the arrests went viral, sparking boycott threats.  South African Starbucks stores won’t close for the session, but racial-bias education training programmes would be rolled out locally to prevent discrimination, said Fareed Mohammed, spokesperson for Taste Holdings, which is the SA licence holder for Starbucks.  “We are working hard to understand how these important issues impact us on a global scale and will take the necessary steps to ensure Starbucks is safe and welcoming for everyone,” said Mohammed.  Starbucks has 10 stores in Joburg, Pretoria and Durban, with an 11th store opening in Sandton City on Thursday this week.  In an interview with CBS, executive chairman Howard Schultz said that the US closures would cost the company "millions."

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