Two men who were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks last month will get free tuition at Arizona State University as part of their settlement with the corporate coffee giant, the company announced Wednesday.
Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, who are black, were arrested on trespassing charges April 12 at a Starbucks in downtown Philadelphia after they didn’t order food and drinks.
They were waiting for a third person to join them for a business meeting.
The incident created a firestorm about racial profiling. Starbucks subsequently announced it would close all of its U.S. stores on May 29 so its employees could go through racial bias training.
The announcement comes as the two men also reached an agreement with the city of Philadelphia. Nelson and Robinson will each get a symbolic $1 from the city. The city also agreed to spend $200,000 to start a program for young entrepreneurs.
In a statement on its website, Starbucks said the agreement between the men and the company includes a confidential financial settlement.
The two men have been “offered the opportunity to complete their undergraduate degrees through the Starbucks College Achievement Plan,” the statement says.
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SOURCE: USA Today; The Arizona Republic, Rachel Leingang