Man claims harassment by Starbucks employee

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FILE- This March 24, 2018, file photo shows a sign in a Starbucks located in downtown Pittsburgh. Starbucks said Tuesday, April 17, that it will close more than 8,000 U.S. stores for several hours next month to conduct racial-bias training to its nearly 175,000 workers. The announcement comes after two black men were arrested in […]

(WFLA) — Lorne Green says he walked into a Starbucks last month and was harassed for “using the bathroom while black.” 

Green states that before placing his order he went to use the restroom when he overheard an employee say “the big black guy is headed for the bathroom.” 

As Green was in the restroom, he called Starbucks corporate to explain the situation. Outside the restroom, employees were reportedly banging on the door asking if he needed fire and rescue. Green also stated to reporters on Wednesday that employees started to call the police. 

“I felt humiliated…completely defeated. They had wronged me, and now they were going to call the cops on me,” stated Green. 

Green received a citation for trespassing and was told not to return or he’d be arrested. 

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