Posted on May 2, 2018

2 Black Men Arrested at Philadelphia Starbucks Settle with City for $200,000 Youth Program

WPVI-TV, May 2, 2018

Two black men arrested for sitting at a Philadelphia Starbucks without ordering anything settled with the city Wednesday for a symbolic $1 each and a promise from officials to set up a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs.


Starbucks also announced Wednesday that the company had reached an agreement with Robinson and Nelson, which includes a financial settlement. The amount of the settlement has not been disclosed.

“I want to thank Donte and Rashon for their willingness to reconcile,” said Kevin Johnson, CEO Starbucks. “I welcome the opportunity to begin a relationship with them to share learnings and experiences. And Starbucks will continue to take actions that stem from this incident to repair and reaffirm our values and vision for the kind of company we want to be.”


The mayor said Nelson and Robinson approached the city about working together to “make something positive come of this.” The entrepreneur program will be for Philadelphia public high school students.