The manufactured outrage of the day is that two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks for no other reason than the color of their skin. OMG! This country is so racist that black men can’t even get a pretentious overpriced cup of coffee without getting thrown in jail. I know this may come as a shock, but this story is not true. These two men were not arrested for being black, they were trespassing, which is a crime.
The story goes that two black guys were sitting in a Starbucks in waiting for a third man to have some kind of real estate meeting. That’s when a totally “racist” white Starbucks manager called the police, who then came in and arrested the black men for being black.
@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
As you can see in the video, one courageous white man is demanding that the police explain why these innocent black men were being harassed and arrested. As it turns out, there’s a little more to the story, which puts everything into a non-outrageous context. This is from WHIO:
Philadelphia’s police commissioner on Saturday defended officers who arrested two black men at a Starbucks, prompting accusations of racism on social media, concern from the mayor and an apology from the company.
Videos posted online show officers handcuffing the men in the downtown establishment on Thursday. A white man in the video is heard saying he was meeting with the men and calls the arrest “ridiculous.”
Commissioner Richard Ross said Starbucks employees called 911 to say the men were trespassing. He said officers were told that the men had come in and asked to use the restroom but were denied because they hadn’t bought anything, as he said is company policy. He said they then refused to leave.
Of course the Philly Police Commissioner is going to defend his officers. All racists stick together, right? Maybe not:
Ross, who is black, said police asked the men to leave three times but they refused, and they were then arrested but were later released after the company elected not to prosecute. He said the officers “did absolutely nothing wrong” and were professional in their conduct toward the individuals but “got the opposite back.” He did not mention the person who said he was meeting with the men.
“As an African American male, I am very aware of implicit bias; we are committed to fair and unbiased policing. If a business calls and they say that ‘Someone is here that I no longer wish to be in my business’ (officers) now have a legal obligation to carry out their duties and they did just that,” said Ross.
Did you get all of that? These two men went into an establishment without ordering anything and were asked to leave. They refused, so the police showed up and asked them to leave 3 times, which again the men refused. It was then that they were arrested for trespassing, not because they are black.
Here’s a weird thing about private businesses: they reserve their facilities for people who buy things, or as they are also known: customers. You can’t just go into a restaurant and sit there all day without ordering anything. If everyone taking up a table at a Starbucks or any other place is loitering and not buying, these establishments would all go out of business.
There’s actually another little known fact concerning this: private businesses have a right to kick people out for any reason, especially for loitering. Another thing that may rock the SJW world is that when police tell you to leave and you refuse, you’re going to get arrested.