Philly Starbucks and racism

middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel «« Dear kind readers: I’ll begin this text making a case for the Starbucks manager who called the police on the two black men who were arrested for trespassing, and then change direction reinforcing the case for racism. Sincerely, Tom Doody. In the US Starbucks reports nearly everyone takes Starbucks coffee togo, which on average is consistent with my observations. The limited seats in most Starbucks are available or will become available in a short period of time. Short enough so I can stand and drink my coffee and have a seat before my beverage cools. The same formula of waiting for a seat is less effective in some places, and I could substantiate a case the competition for seats is the Nation’s highest at the Starbucks I visit most in PABT NYC. Literally not many people think about these things with the focus I have, and I believe I could take on anyone who claims their Starbucks has higher competition for seats. In addition to thinking about these things I have circumstances in my schedule that makes this pressure for a private spot in a public spaces common. PABT is one of NYC’s three high-volume traffic hubs, and it’s number one position in feedlot-like competition for seats gives me a perspective on the Philly-Starbucks arrest. Knowing the pains of the NYC PABT Starbucks employees nearly as if I faced their challenges personally I was initially inclined to side with the Philly-Starbucks employee as if the difficulties doing their job were being overlook, but I’ve switched. There is no argument that the Philly-Starbucks employee navigated grey area even close to what I consider reasonable. The two black men who were arrested have told their story, and an important part of the timeline that’s not in dispute is: “two minutes”. Two minutes elapsed before the Philly-Starbucks employee called the police. The Philly-Starbucks is not PABT, and it’s not in a Phill transit hub making me sure waiting for and getting a seat while my coffee remains hot would be certain in the Philly location. The call was made in two minutes. It points to the fact that the Philly-Starbucks employee had the black men on alert as soon as they entered the cafe. There can be no case for the event not being triggered by race. Dear kind readers: Please, I’m begging; I’ll do anything, por favor, think about it. Two minutes elapses while being a non-paying visitor to a Starbucks, and the police are called to remove you. Sincerely, Tom Doody. Many black writers are explaining the Philly-starbucks event as not shocking, and as a regular PABT customer I understand. I get the part that police are needed to remove people from Starbuck, but I don’t get what it really means to have back skin. Barack Obama gets it, and being the son and grandson of white people with the ancestors who made his skin back not near him in his childhood and early-adult life he tells of how his skin color set alarms. The two-minutes that elapses to a moment that requires police is something Barack Obama can probably understand in ways I can’t. On one occasion I finished my ubereats deliveries, and I waited at Starbucks PABT for Hana to arrive, so we could bus ride together through the Lincoln Tunnel. With no seat and a veinte hot black coffee I set my beverage on a small part of a no-seats-available family-style table. With my ubereats vid production distracting me from drinking my coffee I recorded and youtube-uploaded my vid, and eventually sipped my way near the bottom of twenty ounces before a seat opened up. My sense of movement in an agreeable direction with consideration of time was in line, but metaphorically setting a timer for two minutes at the moment two black men enter a store, and making it a police event when the two-minute alarm sounds is out of line . . . not in the grey area like was my first reaction . . . out of line, and not just out of line . . racist. This Philly-Starbucks event for me is personal, because I use public places as my own like yesterday at Westin Times Square. Technically I was a customer with a sixty-cents lobby Fedex printing receipt on my phone. I’m white and I did pay for something, so I was comfy, but the phone call I took was long, and at the calls conclusion I sensed my time with paying-customer status was about to expire. Since my skin is white the time I’m given, and the consequence of overstaying is more generous and forgiving than if I were black. My more generous allowance is white privilege, and it’s not fair that my special treatment is unearned. »» about me 302-990-2346 contact us

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middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel
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