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Starbucks closes 8,000 stores for anti-bias training — but can a single afternoon get the job done?

Some 8,000 Starbucks stores will close Tuesday afternoon for much-publicized bias training meant to fix its public image and clarify how baristas and store managers interact with all would-be customers — a weakness exposed by the arrest in Philadelphia of Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, both black, last month while they were waiting for a meeting to begin. Of course, Starbucks (SBUX)  posted net income of $660 million in the quarter that ended April 1. About 175,000 employees at Starbucks stores and at its headquarters will receive paid training that will “focus on understanding prejudice and the history of public accommodations in the United States,” according to Starbucks, which will use recorded messages from CEO Kevin Johnson, Chairman and founder Howard Schultz, and rapper and actor Common.