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That's because staff in all the outlets that the company owns in the US -more than 8,000 in total-are undergoing racial-bias training.

The training is part of Starbucks' efforts to overhaul the company's image following the April arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia location.

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A video previewing the training says it will include recorded remarks from Starbucks executives as well as rapper and activist Common.

The company says employees going through the training will "move into a real and honest exploration of bias". Which Starbucks locations are closed for bias training? The men were arrested after a manager called police on them for trespassing while they waited on a friend to join them to order.

"We've made it clear that we won't be a rubber stamp to validate their programming", McGhee said. People are now free to hang out at Starbucks and use the bathroom, even if they don't make any purchases.

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Research shows unconscious bias training isn't particularly effective.

Ifill and McGhee, who both served as unpaid advisers, told reporters on a media call on Thursday that they think Starbucks' plan is ambitious.

Starbucks tapped several experts and researchers to help develop the curriculum, including Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and Heather McGhee, president of the public policy organization Demos. If customers are disruptive, employees are advised to step in.

More than 100 company-operated Starbucks stores on Long Island will close early Tuesday for an afternoon of anti-bias training for workers, but all is not lost for Starbucks addicts. The guidelines encourage workers to ask if they would take the considered action with any customer, to verify the perceived situation with a co-worker and to dial 911 if the situation becomes unsafe. You can check the hours at your local Starbucks on the company's website.

She wouldn't give too much more away about the training, but said Perception's workshops typically encouraged participants to think about how they were "socialised" to think about certain groups, and to challenge that thinking. They added that they will issue a report in the next few weeks outlining a comprehensive set of issues they believe the company must address. It has said it intends to eventually share its training program with other companies.


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