April 17, 2018 / 6:03 PM / in 3 days

Starbucks to close 8,000 U.S. stores for racial-bias training

LOS ANGELES, April 17 (Reuters) - Starbucks Corp will close 8,000 company-owned U.S. cafes for the afternoon on May 29 to train nearly 175,000 on how to prevent racial discrimination in its stores.

The announcement from world’s biggest coffee company comes as it tries to cool tensions after the arrest of two black men at one of its Philadelphia cafes last week sparked accusations of racial profiling at the chain.

Reporting by Lisa Baertlein in Los Angeles; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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