Florida man claims that a white Starbucks employee harassed him as he walked out of a bathroom, the case is being hailed as 'using the bathroom while black'.
2019 has been full of controversies involving racial profiling till now. Here is another one which might sound a bit familiar because of the brand associated with it.
A South Florida businessman wants Starbucks to fire one of its employees - following an incident that is being called as 'using the bathroom while black'. Rawstory reports that Lorne Green claimed he was racially targetted immediately after entering a Starbucks in Brandon, Florida. Green also says that he got issued a trespassing ticket for using the bathroom at the coffee shop.
I hope you're able to sue. Make them pay for their racism. https://t.co/C3nnIJGPIz— Wishingwell51 (@wishingwell51) May 10, 2019
According to Green's attorney Jasmine Rand, Green had used the bathroom before making the purchase when he had visited the store at 2350 West Brandon Blvd. on April 22. While Green has been to the store before, it was usually with his white colleague.
AGAIN! REALLY? The CEO is thinking of running for #POTUS2020 & he still can't this under control 🤬 #Starbucks immediately calls cops on Florida businessman for using the bathroom while black https://t.co/x3iJVoiQaQ— McG 🏳️🌈 🇺🇲 #PeteForAmerica (@Foxmental_X) May 9, 2019
“Almost as soon as he entered the door, he heard somebody say, ‘There’s a big black guy headed to the restroom,'” Jasmine Rand told in a press conference. “A few minutes later, this incessant knocking starts, knocking on the door, over and over again, ‘Do you need Fire Rescue? Do you need Fire Rescue?'”
Guess that training didn't help!#blackunity #blackhistorymonth #blacknwhite #blackgirlsmatter #blackwoman #blackpeopleunity #blacktwitter #black #blackmagic #blackpower #blackwomen #blackgirlmagic #BlackTwitterMovement #blackexcellence https://t.co/rQUam7YVXZ— Antoin Johnson (Unapologetic Goddess)!🌈 (@Twonnie261) May 10, 2019
Rand and Green believe employees were trying to get him to come out of the bathroom. Instead, Green called the Starbucks corporate telephone number. Rand said the conversation lasted more than 20 minutes, two minutes of which she played for reporters.
Man says employees at Tampa Bay @Starbucks harassed him for “using the bathroom while black.”— Evan Donovan (@EvanDonovan) May 8, 2019
Lorne Green says he called corporate from the bathroom — operator on the call asked him if he bought something first before he went.
More on @WFLA this evening pic.twitter.com/fcnV6FYmrf
"I used the bathroom and they called the police on me. And she said I'm a black male and they called the police on me," Green can be heard saying during the call, which was recorded by both Starbucks and Green.
"So you feel like this is racially motivated, correct?" the customer service representative asks.
"It is very because I walked in and she immediately -- in not even five minutes -- she goes, 'a black male went inside,' and called the police on me before I even got in the bathroom," Green responds.
A Florida man alleges he walked into a Starbucks and was harassed for "using the bathroom while black." https://t.co/b1VPhZ5MgL— news10nbc (@news10nbc) May 9, 2019
Green, who claims he heard someone twice call him "the big black guy," ended up leaving the restroom and eventually the store. By then, an employee had called Hillsborough deputies, who issued Green a trespassing ticket at the request of the store.
Lorne Green went to @Starbucks in Brandon, FL, used the restroom prior to ordering, and an employee called police on “a big Black guy” in the bathroom.— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) May 9, 2019
1) What the hell is wrong with Starbucks employees AND police?
2) Is it illegal to be big or Black?https://t.co/a8vyAcr62V
"It's being humiliating and defaming me and belittling me," Green said Wednesday. "I just feel awful and I tried to make the best out of something that was truly escalating out of control."
He and his attorney said this situation bears a striking resemblance to a case in Philadelphia last year, when two black men were arrested after sitting in a Starbucks without making a purchase.
There’s no place safe for black people in this country.— Don Salmon (@dijoni) May 9, 2019
The company held racial-bias training and changed its policy to allow anyone, including nonpaying guests, to sit in its stores and use its restrooms.
"Here we are again, a year later, and you failed in your promise to the public to keep them safe," Rand said.