The two black men who were arrested in Starbucks have reached an unconventional settlement with the City of Philadelphia and the Seattle coffee giant. Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson were arrested in Starbucks last month while sitting in the shop waiting for a friend. The incident drew massive protests and a public apology from Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson.
Instead of pursuing legal action Robinson and Nelson came to a quick settlement that is drawing almost as much attention as the incident itself.
Forgoing a financial settlement, the two men chose a symbolic $1 each — on the condition that Starbucks establishes a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs. Starbucks will also pay the two men’s college tuition as they return to finish their degrees.
CEO Kevin Johnson announced that Starbucks cafes will be closed on May 29 so that all 174,000 employees can attend a seminar on unconscious bias in an effort to prevent this type of discrimination in the future.
NEW: Two black men arrested for sitting at a Philadelphia Starbucks without ordering anything have settled with the city for a symbolic $1 each and a promise from officials to set up a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs. https://t.co/dh0W8rk9mZ
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) May 2, 2018
People were blown away by their selfless act, a choice that very few might have made.
— Michelle (@MickiN) May 2, 2018
Pure class. I doubt I would have had the fortitude to do the same
— Rufus T Barlysheath (@OurbabyMinx) May 2, 2018
Kudos to them. pic.twitter.com/15CDrJ4ooM
— Laura Wallingford (@rulymob) May 2, 2018
— Deborah (@angellol468) May 2, 2018
Now that is impressive. Kudos to these gentlemen for thinking of others before themselves!
— Brad r Lockman (@brad_lockman) May 2, 2018
And the two were praised for taking an ugly situation and creating such a positive outcome.
Mr. Rashon Nelson and Mr. Donte Robinson are two spectacular gentlemen who took a terrible situation and turned it around displaying 100% pure class.
— Marcos (@MarcoMateoOchoa) May 2, 2018
Kudos! In a sue happy society this is a good way to make a point, convey a message and it turn a negative into a positive
— Dawnaria (@dawnoria) May 2, 2018
Real people making a difference. Turning an unfortunate situation to an opportunity for progress.These are the heros. ❤️
— Mo Pharaone مو فرعون (@Mo_Pharaone) May 2, 2018
Much respected for them. They took the opportunity to turn such a negative thing into a constructive and positive one. Well done. @Starbucks should at least match that $200,000
— Anthony B. Kantara (@AnthonyKantara) May 2, 2018
I am glad that a youth program for young entrepreneurs has been established. That incident at Starbucks was ugly, but at least some beautiful has come out of it.
— Robin Byrd (@RobinByrd3) May 2, 2018
This just shows how strong both of these men are. To take a negative situation and create a positive outcome and not make it about themselves at all
— John Ambrico (@jlightambrico) May 2, 2018
Wow. Taking a bad situation and making something positive out of it and helping others.
— Kolleen bright (@bright_kolleen) May 2, 2018
What seemed to impress people most was how Robinson and Nelson managed to pay it forward by diffusing tension and giving back to their community.
Many felt the class they showed was a blueprint for how to change the world for the better.
Very powerful message to everyone. While I still think they deserved more their actions will make a difference in the world
— Claudia (@cbjv911) May 2, 2018
The way accountability was valued is excellent. I hope they continue to participate in changing their cities accountability. Celebrating value and paying forward to the future for change!
— Emrldbby (@mickiemojo) May 2, 2018
THAT'S making America great!!!!!!!
— TY MORG (@pugbandit) May 2, 2018
Refreshing to see that these 2 men chose not to profit from their ordeal but instead chose to help others.
— Ernesto Patlan (@NestoPatlan) May 2, 2018
I hope some young black kid opens a coffee shop right across the street with some of that money.
— zack odle (@ranking_z) May 2, 2018
Still, some felt they could have asked for just a little bit more.
They should've at least got $5 each so they could buy a Starbucks coffee.
— Paul (@pablo_honey1) May 2, 2018
H/T – Twitter