Rashon Nelson Donte Robinson

The two black men who were arrested for trespassing in a downtown Philadelphia Starbucks last month have settled with the city and Starbucks.

Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson settled with the city of Philadelphia for symbolic $1 each and a promise from the city to donate $200,000 to a young entrepreneurs program.

Nelson and Robinson cut a similar deal with Starbucks.

The 23-year-old friends and business partners said they were waiting to meet a friend for a business meeting.

When Nelson asked to use the restroom he was told the restroom was for employee use only.

The coffee shop manager asked the clean cut black men to leave after they declined to buy anything. She called 911 to report the men were trespassing.

A video uploaded to social media by another patron showed two officers arresting Nelson and Robinson. The video was viewed over 10 million times and sparked outrage around the country.

Activists demonstrated outside the Starbucks and called for a nationwide protest.

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson visited Philadelphia and apologized personally to Nelson and Robinson.

He announced all Starbucks stores would close for one day on May 29 for racial diversity training.

  • RaginB

    So what did Starbucks give em? Gift cards?

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Philadelphia for symbolic $1 each and a promise from the city to donate $250,000 to a young entrepreneurs program.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    I guess.

    Personally, I'm over symbolic gestures.

  • ShelbyMoore

    Black people will never stop turning the next cheek. Y'all gotta be Brother Malcolm at some point. SMH

  • candy

    Lol right !

  • ShelbyMoore

    That's why they do anything to us...we're always the first to accept, the first to look the other way, while they take advantage.

  • FukkFolks2018

    would close for one day
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Not even a whole damn day. A half of one.

  • FukkFolks2018

    They crafted this. Their own settlement terms I think I read.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Long as the message gets out there ..

  • MsPam

    Black folks can be bought at any price. I’m like Kanye modern day slavery is a choice! SN. Y’all never seen the two men out there protesting did you?! ??????

  • Yoni7

    This kind of disturbs me. $1? Sometimes folks need to be made an example of.......and THIS would be that time. ONE DOLLAR?????? That 250k would have to be damn near tripled fuggin' with me; Starbucks made THAT at one store 5 minutes before close. Trust. They woulda had to empty those damn cash registers for a couple of months fukkin' with me.

  • Yoni7

    One of those brothers is a Que. I wonder what counsel did they advise him.

  • FukkFolks2018

    In re to the city: "Nelson and Robinson approached the city as partners “to make something positive come of this.”

    In re to Starbucks: "A company news release said more details “will be provided in a mutually agreed public statement.”
    ^^^^^^^^^^^
    They didnt accept anything. Bc the city didnt offer them anything. They along with their attorney went to the city and Starbucks with this...ie they are the ones who proposed this shit.

  • Yoni7

    2 men arrested in Starbucks for trespassing
    _________________
    THIS will never leave them no matter what they do and even though it's not true.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    I applaud the generosity but they would have to pay me

  • SweetTEE

    If he's a Que, trust and believe that Starbucks just lost a lot of money bc the way they network and spread info...chile. And isn't Magic part owner and a Que? smh.

  • stevetheque

    I guess not enough! Lol I'm giving an old school philly bruh grief right now!! One fucking dollar

  • stevetheque

    Nope.

  • zero options

    Yup, starbucks and the city got away with it.

  • SweetTEE

    Ok cool.

  • We Can Do This

    I guess they didn't want that stereotypical looking for a handout image.

    What a waste of time.

  • SweetTEE

    Ya'll are talking bout this right? lol

  • Yoni7

    GAINFULLY! Like shut down about 50 stores to make MY quota. LOL

  • FukkFolks2018

    Thats all they asked for tho sis. Im mad at them and their attorney.

  • FukkFolks2018

    I also have some kind of feeling they are trying to capitalize off of this in another way maybe so that is why this was done.

  • We Can Do This

    We will see. Get the codes to the bathrooms at least! Lol!

  • Pitty Patty

    I'm about to stop riding for people. You took us through all this mess, and you don't even get no money out it. What kind of lawyers they got?

    This whole situation is dumb.

  • Yoni7

    I KNOW THEY did. Which is why I'm a bit MORE disturbed by it. I guess, it's different because I'm not in THEIR shoes. And from jump they talked about how they were even there in the first place to change (their) lives. So I get the humbleness of it all. I do. But ME? Yoni? Would have brought the "I've been violated drama queen" to the bargaining table. THEN did what I wanted with the money.

  • Yoni7

    They are going to spread the love a lil differently than WE (want to) see it.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    What exactly is the symbolism? From a legal standpoint when you receive such a nominal amount in a jury trial, the jury is essentially saying either: 1) you contributed in some way to the incident so we are not going to reward you for your negligence/recklessness , or 2) yeah, the other party (Starbucks) was wrong, but "did you die"?

    It's an insult. If I was one of the people that stood outside protesting in the cold...

  • Yoni7

    You took us through all this mess,
    ____________________
    But did THEY or did WE? They didn't say anything even while being arrested. They stayed quiet throughout the whole ordeal as a matter of fact. Besides the interview they did with Robin Roberts, I don't think they spoke too much about it. I could be mistaken.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Oh nooooo. You see... we are supposed to jump on every bandwagon there is. And if we DONT it makes us less black, we fall for anything, we arent down, etc. I got told exactly this when I said I been dranking Pepsi and Kendall Jenner long faced ass aint gonna make me boycott my 2-3 times a week Cherry Pepsi. These MY damn kidneys and I dont care about no damn commercial.

    Sidenote: As someone said below I knew kinda what this was gonna be when I aint see THEM protesting not shit. They prolly at Starbucks today. You not gonna tell me they aint enjoyed a coffee drank since all of this started. TUH. If the wronged dont do shit who am I to do your work on injustice FOR YOU?

  • hi-liter

    These guys must be taking the high road of we don't need your money. That's a huge statement.

  • Pitty Patty

    And they weren't trespassing. The white bytch called the police on them within TWO minutes of them arriving at Starbucks. TWO minutes. She racial profiled them and these dumb niggas aint get no money out it. All this hoopla and you still gotta clock in afterwards.

    Maybe Kanye was right. J/k (sorta) Nigga be choosing to be slaves, even when they have the chance to be set free (financially)

    Black folks to freaking complacent. When are gonna revolt?

  • hi-liter

    Good point.

  • FukkFolks2018

    I just said this

  • Yoni7

    You already know. LOL

  • AQUEEN

    This is what Coretta Scott King did when she settled her case with the Federal Government. I love it!

  • Yoni7

    And they sorta said that in the interview along the lines of "this isn't about race, it's about a problem...." or something. PLEASE don't hold me to that. LOL

  • PhillyFacts

    Starbucks made them an offer from what I’ve heard don’t know how true it is, or if they've accepted it; but it must’ve been nice for them to take a dollar from the city.

  • Yoni7

    We shall see. They only got away with what the violated allowed.

  • Yoni7

    And they probably don't want folks in THEIR pockets. Smart move.

  • iWasteTime

    I love this.
    They aren't the first to do this.
    This isn't just about those two men or money.
    This is about the unfair treatment and profiling of a person because of their skin tone. Make the city invest tax dollars in a program to better the community and have the big corporation do the same. They thought about more than themselves when making this deal and I can respect that.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Said undisclosed amount

  • iWasteTime

    It said they made a similar deal with Starbucks.

  • Ni Ni

    That "coffee is black" sign ?.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Props to these Kings and we appreciate the meaning of the $1.00 settlement gesture but Im about a damn dollar...f$ck all the nonsense I would have called the Law Offices of Allen Rothenberg (Philly thing)...

  • Yoni7

    So is vanilla. IJS

  • Ni Ni

    I wonder if it's possible that they got paid under the table, so to speak.

  • Yoni7

    It's an insult. If I was one of the people that stood outside protesting in the cold...

    ____________________
    Hence why I'm not a big fan of 'protesting' per se'. Folks are tired and their shoes are ran over (Outkast) and they still end up after years of marching, being violated in one way or another. My protest is to take my BUYING POWER elsewhere. Them protesting in the cold was a "choice". #nokanye LOL

  • pure_rachet

    Settling means there is no jury trial! wtf do research before you spew nonsense. No shade LOVE EVERYONE lol

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    I'm thinking Starbucks paid them on the side, and then the city showed good faith by offering payment and the guys look good by not looking like they just want a pay day, by donating the money from the city. In other words, 2 checks. One behind closed doors with Starbucks, and one publicly from the city for $1.00.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    Single Gal, my thoughts exactly....this act of giving back...is a King's act. We have to edify this gesture.

  • pure_rachet

    I sued once and took every damn penny to the bank. Fkuc a charity.

  • Yoni7

    Possibly. Always move in silence and let your success make all the noise. WHYPEEPO woulda showed up to the spot the next day and the whole joint woulda been one of two things... A.) boarded up or B.) named Yoni's Place! #weboughtthewholebuilding

  • Ni Ni

    lol so true

  • SDot

    I LOVE THESE TWO! I never seen black men act like this so humbly after being so disrespected.
    Surely taught me how to handle myself in these street right or wrong.

  • Julia Lyons

    Go to bed

  • iWasteTime

    Philadelphia for symbolic $1 each and a promise from the city to donate $250,000 to a young entrepreneurs program.

    Nelson and Robinson cut a similar deal with Starbucks.

  • Ghost

    They are young, black, educated and semi entrepreneurs themselves. They will leap further with this settlement then a payday. Good Luck to them...

  • PhillyFacts

    I’ve only read that here; however I know somebody that’s close with Tae’s aunt so I’m just telling you what I’ve heard which can also be exaggerated. However, if I made I side deal with SB, this city deal would be to over shawdow that one (smoke screen) to keep the vultures off my back. Just saying...

  • Yoni7

    They are about to "stretch a dolla" and I'm here for it.

  • Pitty Patty

    the guys look good by not looking like they just want a pay day, by donating the money from the city
    _________________________________
    When are we gonna stop worrying about how we look to white people?

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Sure are. Set up a non-profit and start getting all types of donations, all in the name of whatever program, inc.

  • Dollface

    Noble black men.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    You caught that too? Bro, HUH? I scrolled past it.

  • PhillyLala

    Yaaassssss Allen Rothenberg! ?

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    God bless them for being so humble and forgiving about the whole thing, but not me. I'd need to get paid. I'd be suing for at least a million, and not settling out of court for less than $400k. I'm not taking a $1 settlement so people can say I'm such a nice guy. Pay me.
    Sorry, not sorry.

  • Yoni7

    I'm not coming for you when I say this. I mean it in all certainty. When people get to a certain level in life, sometimes it's not all about money or "how they look to white people". People and things aren't the focus, it's about what's in the heart. They probably aren't concerned with what white people think. They are probably at a level in their life of what will their future generation think. What can I do to show MY PEOPLE another way. When I read your statement, I never once thought that they were worried about what YT folks think. I HONESTLY don't even think anyone mentioned (or cared - PERSONALLY) white people as a factor. Hopefully they are going to SHOW what happens when you pick the right one on the wrong day.....and giving meaning to "flip this money" or "other side of the game". I'm rooting for them.

  • Yoni7

    LMAOOOOOO I feel you!

  • Trace da Ace

    damn...I agree...call it what you want.....

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    People could talk about me all they want. If Starbucks is willing to cut me a check with a bunch of zeros on it, I wouldnt even care what people say or think.

  • Yardgirl

    All a dis!!!!^^^^

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Nelson Mandela was a noble black man after he was released from jail because he didn't want to give the minority whites what was coming to them.

    Winnie Mandela was a bad bish who did what she had to do for her personal survival and the survival of her own people and didn't play that sorry, not sorry bullskit.

    Winnie was straight with no chaser.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Yup all of em

  • KJBibleOnSlaveShips

    Are they f!cking crazy. We still haven't gotten our reparations for our ancestors free labor.They could have at least did it for the ancestors.This evil arz Amerikkka!!!!

  • KJBibleOnSlaveShips

    They owe us reparations anyway!!!!

  • SaltineCrackers

    TF?!?!

  • Blaque Mahogany

    FIRST of all, I did not say that it was a jury trial. Did I? I said in instances of a jury trial, this is the message that the jury is sending. So learn to comprehend before you get aggressive under one of my comments.

  • Kayke

    A promise?.... Shouldnt they have made sure they got the 250k and donated it themselves? I hope this is just for the media and they got real money and want to keep the amounts private.

  • Kayke

    Humble my arse. Humility doesn't level the playing field.

  • SDot

    Never said it did...but You cant tell ME how I should feel. Remember That.
    I stand by my statement.

  • Anunnaki

    I bought a house for a 1.00, old whitty man was selling it. It was a 2 bedroom house1 bath. But i had to move it to my own land, but i didnt have no land, my family had land, i ask them can i put on the land and pay taxes on it my old mean aunt old heifer said no unless i pay her 500 month, ughh, aint this the family land...child family..my x hubby end up getting rid of it cause we had 30 days to move it...

  • Kayke

    Who told you how you should feel? You could apply that humilty not just celebrate it. ??

  • LaksFan

    Basically.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Smdh. Sorry you lost out on that investment.

  • Simone

    "The 23-year-old friends and business partners said they were waiting to meet a friend for a business meeting"...Who and where is the friend they were waiting for? I've never seen him. Does he exist? If we're being honest, at some point in our lives, an establishment has denied use of their bathroom if you're not buying anything. The manager asked them to leave. The police asked them to leave. Just leave. Starbucks and the media overreacted. This story takes away from real incidents involving racism.

  • Dowoop

    Actually there was video of a white man who showed up and said he was there to meet them for a business meeting. Even if you didn't see it doesn't mean it didn't happen!

  • LaksFan

    Quote " If we're being honest, at some point in our lives, an establishment has denied use of their bathroom if you're not buying anything." - Disagreed, maybe YOU have never been asked to leave, but doesn't mean racial profiling doesn't happen.

  • SpiceGirl

    see we are ALL not animals.....good for them....but that would NOT be me......

  • SumthinSweeter

    Freedom Struggle

    Sitting for Justice: Woolworth’s Lunch Counter

    On February 1, 1960, four African American college students sat down at a lunch counter at Woolworth’s in Greensboro, North Carolina, and politely asked for service. Their request was refused. When asked to leave, they remained in their seats. Their passive resistance and peaceful sit-down demand helped ignite a youth-led movement to challenge racial inequality.

  • Yui

    ^^ Thank you, I was getting ready to say that. @simone, it’s in the vid.

  • Cannelle

    100%.

    This is as stupid as that black woman who purposely lost at Wheel of Fortune so that some white man could win instead of her. smgdh

  • Quitedeliteful

    Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson settled with the city of Philadelphia for symbolic $1 each and a promise from the city to donate $250,000 to a young entrepreneurs program.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    This is very noble of these young men. I applaud them but it would not be me, that's for damn sure...

  • Tausha T. W.

    Cannelle are you serious?!

  • Shira Harding-James

    I don’t believe it’s even about looking good for anyone. In this case, it’s about the heart and that’s always something great to see.

  • SDot

    Make me since u know what I should do. U came on my post now u mad at my comment and my response to you thinking u know me and my intent off my comment.
    All the My’s And u still trying to make a damn point. FOH
    GO TROLL SOMEONE ELSE WHO U THINK U CAN INFLUENCE F&&KER. Now apply that humility Troll!

  • Karen Brady

    Whitev male friend did show up and asked cops why they were arresting his friends whio were waiting for him. And yes, I agree that at some point in our lives, an establishment has denied use of their bathroom if you're not buying anything.

  • Shira Harding-James

    LMbo

  • Kayke

    Lmao!
    Emotional, 'motional, 'motional, 'motional.
    You want to fight with someone sooooo bad. I thought these brothers humility was teaching you "how to handle myself in these street right or wrong".
    Girl! Lol.

  • Logan Roberts

    Dear Media, God forbid this happens to me, run me my money. Ain't no dollar bih??????

  • Kemi

    They need to settle $$$$$ those good hearted young man. They could have lost their lives in that ordeal. Those mfs shoot us, just for being black. There are painful accounts of that. Sheesh...,

  • SDot

    Oh you on my post? Not changing a damn thangggg n dezzz streeetzzz! Ha!
    ?

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    $1?! Donations to charities?! Tax write offs! LMAO!

  • Malcom Flex

    PITIFUL those bros SIMPED OUT.

  • Chocolate Bliss

    Awww that's fucked up! The only way we are going to get ahead is as a cohesive family working together.

  • R Smith

    "Similar" being the operative word! They got paid!

  • Leigh John

    The friend was in the video.Did you even watch? Ill answer, no you didnt because their white BUSINESS associate was front and center asking the cops what they were being arrested for.Ignorance is a choice,please make better choices in the future.

  • TELL THE TRUTH

    Theres no way in HEl! if i was in a siyuation like dat, will allow mfs to chit on me like this... i'll hit the pockets so hard, they won't know wat hit them......STRAIGHT UP!

  • A D N

    Hmm. Well, there has to be an explanation I don't see.

  • dontgetblocked

    Clearly, there was no civil case because they were trespassing. However, I commend them for helping charities and I have respect for them now. They will be blessed.

  • Coco_Butter

    I read in another article they actually got a undisclosed amount for themselves from Starbucks.

    They used the city settlement for to go towards charity.

    They probably got a 6-7 figure nuisance check from Starbucks which would make sense cause Philadelphia probably was not going to give them as much as Starbucks would.

  • Anunnaki

    I know, to worried about how much money i was gonna make...girl, ughhh

  • KJBibleOnSlaveShips

    WOW,now that's stupid!!!!

  • H.Benta

    ?????I know that's right! Cuz Allen said "he doesn't get paid unless YOU get paid!"

  • tintin

    That sure was quick, lawyers must be pissed they didn't get to make any money off this

  • ann left

    They were not trespassing. I order to trespass, you have to be asked to leave. They were never asked to leave the establishement. Hence the reason for the two settlements. They were illegally charged and arrested.’

  • ann left

    They were NEVER asked to leave. They were illegally arrested and their rights were violated.

  • king shun

    pics of those guys wearing matching outfits i think they are homosexual

  • Rico768

    Nah I want my 250 thousand. Im not sharing or donating nothing

  • pure_rachet

    I thought we were friends. Wasn’t trying to disrespect. Just saying I know what it is when a settlement comes.

  • Cannelle
  • Yoni7

    Who and where is the friend they were waiting for? I've never seen him.
    ________________
    He was the white man that was asking the police "What did they do?" He says something like "because they were here to meet with me?????" Watch it again and listen closely.

  • Yoni7

    I wonder why I can't upvote this.

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    I have to say I really appreciate the character shown by these young men. Most people would have made this all about a come up or money grubbing. They are business owners and seem to realize this has given publicity, but also that (even though it's a tax write off) it hurts the racist people involved more to have to donate to a charity they don't believe in and again gets them as business owners POSITIVE PRESS! I applaud them. Money will come or they may already have it. But this is a wonderful gesture!

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    I completely agree Waste! The entrepenuer program can work wonders for their communities long term and these KINGS recognize that. The issue is bigger than them. The program could groom several "future" black business owners. I am eternally grateful for my childhood mentors in Chicago and work study programs which were eliminated (due to greed and lack of resources) in the late 90s. Everyone is hollering "run me my money" which is why we're in the situation we're in. Motivated by the damn dollar and can't even establish a business to be self sufficient. Its the same reason why we spend the most yet own the least. We have $1.2 trillion in spending power and we dont own any major schools, banks, hospitals, manufacturing companies....NOTHING! I know someone with over a 100 pair of Jordans and living in his mom's basement and leasing a car because his credit is shot. That $20k could've been start up money on a new business and definitely could've got him out of his mom's house. We have to do better and change our mindset! If they accepted a separate amount from Starbucks, they're well within their right but they also considered the youth. I COMMEND them as well....https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4551a98e9649f31cc6a6697dd7f6fd08374cc865ace27901d485d5646e6eb612.jpg

  • Shawty

    Glad to see it's not always about the money. It was about principle for them. Love the program they chose to give it to instead if it going in their pockets.

  • Shawty

    cracking up

  • Shawty

    right...lol
    They will get 10% of $1.

  • Shawty

    cracking up

  • Simone

    Oh, ok. I did not watch the video but I have read article after article and watched interview after interview and I only ever see the 2 Black guys, never the 3rd friend they were waiting for.

  • the watcher

    IT ISN'T STARBUCKS POLICY that you have to buy anything and this is coming from the CEO of Starbucks himself! and they you turn around and say ...This story takes away from real incidents involving racism. well my dear you wouldn't know anything about that struggle as you are being brainwashed into thinking all blacks who think for them self are on a Democratic plantation if they are not a republican! and why do they have to prove to you that they were waiting for some else? why do you as a republican want to have that much control of someone else life?

  • monique

    There was a white man that entered into the video and stated that they were there to meet him.