Another Alleged Racist Incident Involving Starbucks Caught On Video — This Time In Los Angeles
Another apparently racist incident involving Starbucks happened at a location in Los Angeles, just days after the chain came under fire when an employee at a Starbucks in Philadelphia called the police on two black men waiting for a friend.
In a video posted by The Intercept‘s Shaun King, a black man identified as Brandon Ward speaks to a white man exiting a Starbucks bathroom. Ward asks the man if he’d purchased anything before using the restroom, to which the man replied no, later saying that despite not purchasing anything yet, he was given the code to use it.
The man then informs his white counterpart, the employees and patrons of the Starbucks and viewers of the video that he, too, asked for the code without having first purchased anything, but was denied. Ward went on to rhetorically ask the manager who denied him the code, who insisted that he leave the “private business,” if it was because of his skin color that he was denied use of the restroom.
In the comments of the video, King notes that Ward identifies the Starbucks in his video as one in the affluent and majority-white Los Angeles suburb of Glendale.
Watch the incident below:
Here we go again.
Meet Brandon Ward. He was @Starbucks – about to make a purchase – and needed to use the restroom.
They denied him the code.
He then finds a white man, Weston, who came out of the restroom.
He had not made a purchase but they gave HIM the code.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) April 16, 2018