It all goes back to a story in Philly where two guys sat in a Starbucks. They didn’t make any purchases, and when the store tried to enforce the company’s no loitering policy… it eventually cost someone a job.

Did we mention the two men were black and that police were called to enforce the policy when the men refused to leave when asked?

That was the problem.

Did we ALSO mention that the manager who was eventually fired — who oversaw 100 store locations — wasn’t even AT the store when the incident happened?

Starbucks acted as if everything the 1619 Project people claimed was true instead of blatant propaganda worthy only of public ridicule.

Not surprisingly, it quickly became a national news story. Mostly, opinion was split along the usual red and blue fault lines. The manager asking them to leave was soon out of a job. Starbucks gave a groveling apology for being racist… and showed their contrition by providing mandatory ‘sensitivity training’ to all employees.

Ideas have consequences. After being fired, she launched a wrongful dismissal suit: IS STARBUCKS RACIST? Fired Manager Sues For Discrimination… Against White People

That news broke in November 2019. That was back before most of us had ever heard of Wuhan, let alone their gift to the world. A little less than four years later, the court has rendered a verdict.

Starbucks really WAS being racist.

Against the white manager.

Starbucks has been ordered to pay more than $25 million to a former regional manager who sued the company for wrongful termination, saying she was fired because she is white.

The former employee, Shannon Phillips, said in a 2019 complaint that she had become a scapegoat in the company’s damage control efforts after a viral video showed two Black men being arrested at one of its Philadelphia coffee shops. The incident sparked outrage across the country and led the corporate behemoth to temporarily close its shops to conduct anti-bias training for employees.

After a six-day trial, a federal jury in New Jersey agreed unanimously on Monday to award Phillips $25 million in punitive damages and $600,000 in compensatory damages, according to Console Mattiacci Law, which represented her.

In a statement, the firm said that Phillips had proved “by clear and convincing evidence” that punitive damages were warranted under New Jersey’s anti-discrimination law, and noted that she is also seeking damages for back and future pay, to be decided by the judge. — LATimes

Cross-Posted with Clash Daily