The two black men arrested for not ordering anything in a Philadelphia Starbucks have settled with the city for $1 each.
In addition to the sum total $2 payout, the city of Philadelphia will launch a $200,000 grant that will go toward a pilot program for high school students who aspire to be entrepreneurs, The Washington Post reported.
After constructive conversations, and mediation before a retired federal judge in Philadelphia, Donte Robinson, Rashon Nelson and Kevin Johnson, ceo of Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ:SBUX) reached a settlement agreement earlier this week that will allow both sides to move forward and continue to talk and explore means of preventing similar occurrences at any Starbucks location.
Mr. Nelson and Mr. Robinson said in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America" a week after the arrest that they had been waiting at the Starbucks for a business meeting involving a real estate project they had been working on for months.
Funds for the $200,000 program will come from the city's Finance Department budget, Dunn said.
"We will provide them with a foundation of learning and provide them with an opportunity to be part of our company either directly or indirectly as a result of this situation", Schultz told co-host Gayle King.
The pair are represented by Stewart L. Cohen and Harry M. Roth of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., a Philadelphia law firm.
When they asked to use the restroom before they had purchased anything, an employee said no.
It added that the two men had been offered the opportunity to complete their undergraduate degrees through the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, a program that covers tuition for eligible employees in the United States for an online degree program offered by Arizona State University.
Shortly after their arrest, Robinson told "GMA" that when the police officers first arrived at the Starbucks, he initially thought, "They can't be here for us", saying they "have meetings at Starbucks all the time".
After Nelson returned to the table where Robinson was sitting, the manager approached them to ask whether she could help get them get any drinks or water. Officers arrived a few minutes later.
Philadelphia's police chief Richard Ross, who is himself African American, also publicly apologised, admitting he "failed miserably" with his initial response.
Starbucks has since apologised and sent almost 175,000 employees for racial-bias training.
As Johnson said previously, I want to thank Donte and Rashon for their willingness to reconcile.