Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross is defending the actions of his police officers after they arrested two black men for refusing to leave a Starbucks after not buying anything. From CNN:
The employees told officers the two men wanted to use the restroom but were told the facilities are only for paying customers. The Starbucks employees then asked the men to leave, but they refused, Ross says.
Officers responded and asked the men three times to “politely to leave the location because they were being asked to leave by employees because they were trespassing.” When the men again refused to leave, they were arrested “without incident,” Ross says.
The men were taken to a police station and released when it became clear Starbucks didn’t want to press charges.
Driving for Uber and Lyft, I often find myself sitting around waiting for a ride request. I try to stay in my car parked in a parking lot. McDonald’s is a favorite choice of mine to wait for a ride request. Sometimes I go through the drive-through and get a coffee, sometimes I don’t.
I’ve never been asked to leave while just sitting in my car in the parking lot playing Candy Crush or reading a book, but if I was, I’d like to believe I would do exactly what was asked and leave.
That’s the thing. I cannot imagine being asked to leave by someone from McDonald’s and not doing what they asked. I really cannot imagine being asked to leave by members of law enforcement and not doing what they asked. Police carry guns. I always try to do what people with guns ask me to do.
I’ve never walked into a Starbucks and just sat down and not bought anything. I guess I’ve always thought it was an unspoken agreed rule of living in a civilized society that you buy something before sitting down in Starbucks. Does Starbucks need to put up signs stating that its limited seating is for paying customers? I guess they do.
A big part of this story is the two men were waiting for a third man to join them. Did the two men who were arrested tell anyone at Starbucks they were waiting for someone to join their party?
I’m not sure that the two men were black had anything to do with the incident. Then again, the two black men were asked three times to leave Starbucks by the police and they refused all three times. I’ve been told by groups like Black Lives Matter the police will murder black men without provocation and when they do commit murder, they are not held legally responsible. Because of this fact, black men are fearful of the police. It doesn’t seem these two men at Starbucks were at all fearful of the police. If they were, they would have done what they were asked.
This incident could have been easily avoided. Even if they didn’t like coffee, they could have bought a $2 bottled water or a $5 cookie. If I didn’t know better, I’d assume the two men wanted to be arrested. That would just be silly, right?
Protesters have been pouncing on Starbucks. The guy with the megaphone is so woke, looking directly at him is like staring into the Sun.