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Title: Men arrested at Starbucks were there for business meeting hoping to change 'our lives’
Source: [None]
URL Source: https://www.yahoo.com/gma/men-arres ... 3068--abc-news-topstories.html
Published: Apr 19, 2018
Author: MORGAN WINSOR and KELLY MCCARTHY
Post Date: 2018-04-19 13:06:01 by no gnu taxes
Keywords: None
Views: 223
Comments: 9

The two black men who were arrested at a Starbucks in downtown Philadelphia last week and accused of trespassing say they were there for a business meeting that they had hoped would change their lives.

Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson came forward this morning on ABC News' "Good Morning America" to publicly share their story for the first time.

The 23-year-old entrepreneurs and longtime friends said they were waiting to meet a potential business partner at the Starbucks in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square neighborhood April 12 when a barista asked them whether they wanted to order anything. They declined and told her they were just there for a quick meeting, they said.

Nelson said he immediately asked to use the restroom when they walked in but was informed it was for paying customers only. So the pair sat at a table and waited for the person with whom they were scheduled to meet.

Then they saw police officers enter the store and speak with the manager, they said.

"I was thinking, 'They can't be here for us,'" Robinson said in the interview with "GMA" co-anchor Robin Roberts. "We have meetings at Starbucks all the time."

They didn't think anything of it until the officers approached their table and told them they needed to leave, they said.

"It was just, 'Get out, you have to leave. You're not buying anything, so you shouldn't be here,'" Nelson told "GMA."

They said they calmly told the officers they were there for a meeting, and Robinson said he even called the person for whom they were waiting. But the officers repeatedly insisted that they leave, they said.

"It's a real estate meeting. We’ve been working on this for months," Robinson said. "We're days away from changing our whole entire situation, our lives, and you about to sit here telling me I can’t do that? You’re not doing that."

The officers ultimately handcuffed Nelson and Robinson, and escorted them out of the Starbucks and into a squad car before taking them to the police station. Both men were later freed and the charges they were facing -- trespassing and disturbance -- were dropped that night.

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#1. To: All (#0)

Well, it's like I wear cheap sweatsuits with the string hanging out when I go to an important business meeting. Doesn't everybody? All they to do was buy the cheapest product there

I can't help but chuckle that this happened to that libtard company Starbucks.

no gnu taxes  posted on  2018-04-19   13:10:31 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: no gnu taxes (#0) (Edited)

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If you ... don't use exclamation points --- you should't be typeing ! Commas - semicolons - question marks are for girlie boys !

BorisY  posted on  2018-04-19   13:15:49 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: BorisY (#2)

Never wenT To sTarTfucks

That's easy to explain. You are legally restrained within a mental institution wherein you are limited to ever visit the publick other than sneaking upon your nurse's computer from tyme to tyme.

Are you still bound in a straitjacket where your toes poke the keyboard?

buckeroo  posted on  2018-04-19   14:13:28 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: no gnu taxes (#0)

Anyone know the real timeline?

They said 2 minuets but that sounds like bs but maybe it’s correct?

Justified  posted on  2018-04-19   14:34:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: no gnu taxes (#0)

but was informed it was for paying customers only. So the pair sat at a table and waited for the person with whom they were scheduled to meet.

So they were never asked to leave by the Starbucks' manager? If they're leaving that out, what else are they leaving out?

misterwhite  posted on  2018-04-19   16:18:38 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: no gnu taxes (#1)

Well, it's like I wear cheap sweatsuits with the string hanging out when I go to an important business meeting.

Black business casual.

misterwhite  posted on  2018-04-19   16:21:15 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: misterwhite (#5)

So they were never asked to leave by the Starbucks' manager? If they're leaving that out, what else are they leaving out?

From what I understand from watching the teebee report,Starbucks has an official company policy that you don't need to buy anything to sit there.

IF that is true,I hope these guys hammer them until they cry. Yeah,the speak English with a "hood English" accent in the interview I saw,but at least they were trying. Also,from the video of the arrest,they were respectable in their response. Truth to tell,they acted better than I would have in the same circumstances.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2018-04-19   19:25:21 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: no gnu taxes (#0)

Nelson said he immediately asked to use the restroom when they walked in but was informed it was for paying customers only. So the pair sat at a table and waited for the person with whom they were scheduled to meet.

It is reasonable policy that restaurants only accommodate paying customers. It makes no difference if they are there to meet anyone or stare at the ceiling and look sad. If you're not going to buy anything then get out and meet in a public park instead. And certainly don't use the restrooms.

Pinguinite  posted on  2018-04-20   0:35:59 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Pinguinite (#8)

According to my son (a big Starbucks fan), company policy is that you don't have to order to sit there, but you do if you want to use the restroom. This is to discourage people (read: the homeless, vagrants and panhandlers) from trashing the bathrooms and harassing the customers.

This is more prevalent in the urban areas, and each store manager does have discretion.

In this particular case, it could be the manager put them in the 'vagrant' category based on their clothes, speech, and attitude. We don't have her side of the story as to what happened after she refused them the facilities. Perhaps they were rude and loud. We don't know if it was crowded at the time and they were taking up customer space. My point is, there were legitimate reasons to ask them to leave.

They refused. And they refused to order, despite having an "important business meeting" planned. They could have met their "business partner" out front.

misterwhite  posted on  2018-04-20   9:30:28 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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