Settlement Payment Announced For Men Arrested For Trespassing In Starbucks

Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson reached settlements with the city of Philadelphia and Starbucks on Wednesday.

Philadelphia, PA – Two men who were arrested after they refused to leave a Starbucks shop in April will receive paid college educations and an undisclosed financial sum from Starbucks, the company announced on Wednesday.

In addition to the financial settlement, Starbucks said they would have “continued listening and dialogue between the parties and specific action and opportunity,” The Washington Post reported.

In an agreement with the city, separate of the payday from Starbucks, the city of Philadelphia agreed to pay Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson $1 each, and granted their request that the city provide $200,000 in funding to assist the city’s young entrepreneurs, FOX News reported.

The men will not receive any money from the grant, which was described as being a “pilot program for city public high school students with aspirations of becoming entrepreneurs,” city officials said in a statement, according to FOX News.

The city also agreed to have Nelson and Robinson involved in the development of a committee that would distribute the grant funds, and asked the men and their attorneys to submit ideas to the city solicitor regarding other ways Philadelphia could promote equality, The Washington Post reported.

“Messrs. Nelson and Robinson have decided not to pursue a lawsuit against the City," the statement read, according to FOX News. “Instead, they approached the City and agreed to release the City and its employees from any and all claims for a payment of $1...to each of them.”

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said he was glad to have the potential lawsuit resolved.

“Rather than spending time, money, and resources to engage in a potentially adversarial process, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson approached the City and invited us to partner with them in an attempt to make something positive come of this,” Kenney said on Wednesday.

According to ABC News, the men’s fully-funded college education opportunity will be provided through Starbucks’ partnership with Arizona State University.

"We thought long and hard about it, and we feel like this is the best way to see that change that we want to see," Robinson said of the settlements. "It's not a right-now thing that's good for right now, but I feel like we will see the true change over time."

The controversy began on April 12, after a Philadelphia Starbucks employee called police to have Nelson and Robinson removed from the shop.

The men said that they are real estate brokers who were waiting on a third friend for a business meeting. The men didn't buy anything, and one of them asked to use the restroom.

A Starbucks employee said that it is company policy to refuse the use of restrooms to non-customers, and eventually asked the two men to leave. When they refused, the police were called.

The police commissioner said officers responded to the coffee shop, and asked the men to leave, but they wouldn’t. He said the officers negotiated with Nelson and Robinson for 10 minutes, trying to convince them to leave the private property before they took them into custody.

The men were transported away and processed until Starbucks told them that they no longer wanted to press charges, according to The Washington Post.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross has said the police officers who made the arrests did “absolutely nothing wrong.”

Commissioner Ross said the officers followed policy, were professional in all their dealings with the two men, and only arrested them after they had refused three police requests to leave.

"It is important to emphasize and underscore that these officers had legal standing to make this arrest," Commissioner Ross said. "Again, they were called to the scene because employees said that they were trespassing. It is important for me to say, in short, that these officers did absolutely nothing wrong. They followed policy. They did what they were supposed to do. They were professional in all their dealings with these gentlemen, and instead, they got the opposite back."

“I can tell you that that police officer did not want to have to make an arrest in that incident. The whole thing, we just wish it didn't happen,” Commissioner Ross told WPVI.

The commissioner said he’d been talking directly to the CEO of Starbucks to have them reevaluate their company’s policies. He also said the incident underscored the need for more bodycams for his department.

According to Starbucks, the manager of the store where the arrests took place was no longer working at the 18th and Spruce Streets store in what the company called a “mutual” decision, ABC reported.

In a private meeting on April 16, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson personally apologized to Nelson and Robinson, according to the Washington Post.

The following day, the company announced that it would shut down 8,000 Starbucks stores on May 29 to educate employees about racial bias, WITI reported.

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Eaglescout
Eaglescout

Leave these cops alone. They did their job with patience and professionalism. Starbucks screwed up and they have paid for it and will continue to do so.

BruthaV
BruthaV

Everyone get on board the ghetto lottery train. Woot! Woot!

ShelbyCole
ShelbyCole

Lol, what's that T-shirt ad in the middle?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@BruthaV
Please explain what's ghetto about two real estate brokers who are now in charge of giving grants to other entrepreneurs?

RunCop
RunCop

More criminals getting a payday...typical!

SeniorCitizen
SeniorCitizen

Dear RunCop, Who's the criminals here?

Marxest
Marxest

That is FANTASTIC! They spent hours in jail because of prejudice. They should be compensated handsomely and they are. Glad this had a happy ending. @Runcop I hope you take some bad meth.

ShelbyCole
ShelbyCole

payday from Starbucks, the city of Philadelphia agreed to pay Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson $1 each

& For That Runcop is salty?

John-Brown
John-Brown

This is actually really good. Some brains were used when the settlement included free education. They will never have to pay out this part of the settlement because these dirtballs will never follow through.

gfc1963
gfc1963

So they were asked to leave and refused and they get a payout?? The mind boggles.

John-Brown
John-Brown

@gfc1963, sadly, my British friend, this is America.

John-Brown
John-Brown

SeniorMoment, the negroes of course. Please read this slowly. They were trespassing and the police were called to remove them at the request of Starbucks. This was not a proactive response by the police, it was reactive. The proprietor reported them to be trespassers and asked that they be arrested. The police only did their job. Any questions oh decrepit
one?

LEO0301
LEO0301

First of all Cheech, these two law violators did nothing to deserve any kind of payout from the city. The officers did absolutely nothing wrong but as we all know, if you get arrested by the police and you happen to be a minority, the first thing you do is claim "racism" and then hire an attorney. Why in the world should tax payer money go towards helping someone start a business? In this bizzaro country that we live in this unfortunately has become too common place.

Ljubica4848
Ljubica4848

"In an agreement with the city, separate of the payday from Starbucks, the city of Philadelphia agreed to pay Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson $1 each, and granted their request that the city provide $200,000 in funding to assist the city’s young entrepreneurs"

"Entrepreneurs:" how-to-classes on extorting money from idiot liberals like the CEO of Starbucks. I say more power to them, as this whole off-Broadway stage play has amused me to no end.

(not a new concept, as Jesse Jackson has made a fortune off this business model)

b1rd
b1rd

H_C Dumbshit these guys are not “in charge of giving grants to other entrepreneurs?”
Evidently no one read thy the story. It says
“The city also agreed to have Nelson and Robinson 'involved in the development of a committee' that would distribute the grant funds,”
The committee would distribute the grant funds.

Mikem71
Mikem71

These guys only took $1 from the city of Philadelphia.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301
You are absolutely right, they did nothing to deserve this. The officers didn't even do anything wrong.

I'm sure they would have liked to just have their meeting in peace like everyone else in this world does at Starbucks.. Starbucks fucked up, and Starbucks is making it right. If you don't like it, don't shop there.

LEO0301
LEO0301

First of all I haven't been to a Starbucks in over 15 years and have no intention of spending my hard money with them. Again, if the officers did nothing to deserve this (your words) why then should the tax payers foot the bill for this program that was forced down the city's throat? Before I became a police officer I owned my own business. The government didn't give me a penny to start that business. I had to borrow the money and repay it. It was not a gift. But in the socialist society that we are now becoming, handouts for doing nothing are a way of life.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301
Not quite. There are numerous banks and institutions that screen loan applicants based on race, sex, creed, etc. You happen to be a part of the demographic that rarely if ever is a victim of those practices, so you don't know the position that others have found themselves in. That's the point of these kinds of programs. It's a "handout" just as much as any other loan is a handout.

LEO0301
LEO0301

So my position of a white man having no money to start my business gives me a one up on a minority? What you're saying is that my "no money" was better than, let's say, a black person with no money. I'm sure that makes perfect sense if you're from California. Just looking for clarification, Cheech.

JON BALL
JON BALL

YES, JUST LOOK AT THE SLOVENIAN POS IN THE W.H. HE RAPES A 13 Y.O. GIRL- ASSAULTS MANY WOMEN AND BRAGS ABOUT IT., EVEN TELLING IN DETAIL. HE STIFFS HIS BIZ PARTNERS- FALSELY CLAIMS OVER $900 MIL BIZ LOSS ON TAX RETURN- PAYS NO TAXES- LETS THE LOW LIFE'' WHITE BOYS TAKE HIS PLACE FOR 'NAM TOURS...5 X ! HE INCITES RACIAL HATRED... WHICH HAS INCREASED FATAL ATTACKS ON MINORITIES. YET THIS INCESTOUS VILE PIECE OF WHITE POND SCUM GETS A FREE HALL PASS ..WITH KISSES. IN HIS LAST GATHERING OF UNDERLINGS HE CALLED OUT ASKING 'ARE THERE ANY MEXICANS HERE? GETTING RAUCOUS BOOING FROM THE 'WHITE' RACIST CROWD. THAT IS REAL BOY. PUTIN IS PUPPETEERING drumph INTO CREATING CHAOS. THIS WAY ALL THE EMPTY BRAND NEW PRISONS WILL FILL UP, GIVING drumphs FRIENDS A HUGE PROFIT BASE.YOU CAN BET THE PRISONS WILL HOLD MAINLY MINORITIES AND WHITE TRAILER
TRASH.

John-Brown
John-Brown

@LEO0301, let me translate. Yes, but I have no proof to back it up.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Now I know you were dropped on your head as a baby.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301
And now I've further reconfirmed that you and all those like you have no empathy, Phillip. I'm glad people are starting to wake up to that fact and build quietly. The hope is you stay continually distracted by the protesting and media, and not pay attention to the world events. Here's a quick sample.

Asian countries like Japan and the Koreas continue to quietly assert themselves militarily in the Eastern hemisphere. China and Africa are striking up groundbreaking partnerships, and South Africa is passing their land back to their people. China just completed a massive solar grid in 3 months, and is providing more solar energy than America has produced in 2 years' time.

On the flip side, no kind of innovation or empowering is happening in Western countries. Conservatives, and especially baby boomers, worry about "me first" while other nations are actively cooperating for the betterment of all. We are way past "America is #1" and by the time it catches up to us, boomers will have sapped any kind of position or authority we have in the world and will be dead before we see the full results of your selfish actions.

Thanks Boomers!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301
I said all that to say this. Ensuring EVERYONE gets an equal shot at success is better for society as a whole, and Baby Boomers are the one group in America that are determined to make sure that never happens. Hurry up and die so we can move forward as a nation.

(Not all Boomers, but most. Definitely most.)

b1rd
b1rd

H_C Dumbshit it isn't the boomers. It's the lazy ass people who think they can go to work and collect a check for not working.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd
This subject is way over your head. LEO0301 is a silly bitch who I'd love to watch trip into oncoming traffic, but at least he has proven he can put together logical arguments to my posts.

b1rd
b1rd

Why, because he is right and you can't stand being wrong? I am right and you can't stand that either? LOL dumbshit.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@John-Brown
Just in case you missed it when i tagged you earlier, how far are you from silver spring? I'd imagine not that far if you're familiar with Baltimore.

Anyway, I'll be home for Memorial Day, and I'd love for us to throw down for 5 minutes. Head gear, mouth piece, 16 ounce gloves. No friends, and in a controlled boxing gym environment. I'll even keep it to stand-up only and no kicks. Just boxing.

Also i like to film my spars for training purposes, but if you don't want to be on camera, I'm fine with that.

I mean, you say you've taken shots from real men before, and not guys that wear women's panties, like me, right? This shouldn't be an issue for a tough SOB like you against a girly guy like me.

When can i pencil you in for?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@John-Brown
And before you start calling it a threat to punch you, it's not that at all. I'm asking if you'd like to respectfully back up your tough talk, or not, in a fair fight.

John-Brown
John-Brown

Highest_Retard, I already answered you in another post. And no, I'm not going to use all this silly gear. You can take the first punch and what happens, happens. Don't expect a fair fight. I don't fight fair.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@John-Brown
Of course you don't fight fair. I was giving you an opportunity to have a gentlemanly sparring match, but you don't have it in you.

That's fine, i understand. But no more tough talk. Men that can't back up their words shouldn't speak so rash.

b1rd
b1rd

I don't care who you are. Thats funny H_C Dumbshit.

b1rd
b1rd

By the way, never saw any proof on ANY of your claims.

John-Brown
John-Brown

Highest_Retard, you are not a gentleman, hence no "gentlemanly sparring match".To fight fair, I would have to respect you, which of course I don't. To me you are just a street thug and would deal with you accordingly. When you are in town, let me know and we will settle it.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@John-Brown
Tough guy with a gun!

I know guys just like you, confident at popping off at the mouth because you have the Internet between you, but as soon as your bullshit is challenged in person, you back off. I just didn't know they made them as old as you.

That's fine though, i figured this is exactly how you would respond. At least i now know when you're talking tough to me, you and i both know where your heart really is.

b1rd
b1rd

Right keyboard warrior. Dumbass.