Starbucks closes New York places in protest

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Manhattan Starbucks locations closed in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration for fear of disorderly or violent protests.

The January 6th uprising in the US Capitol troubled the nation, but even more troubling was news from the FBI that there had been measurable “online chatter” of further violent protests.

Governors in various states carefully closed their state capitals in hopes of avoiding similar incidents.

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Now even companies have started taking extra precautions to avoid repeating the 2020 protests against police brutality that looted and ransacked companies in New York City.

A Starbucks spokesperson confirmed to FOX Business that select locations in Manhattan have been closed – a decision made by local executives, not companies.

The NYPD confirmed to FOX Business that protests are planned for Sunday, but not at a level that would warrant the closure of businesses.

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“We have no indication that they will be large or disordered,” said an NYPD spokesman. “I don’t know why Starbucks would close its stores.”

Another NYPD official confirmed the force will maintain a “robust presence” at locations associated with Trump, including Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.

The force evaluates measures every day without it being clear that further measures could be taken in the days before Biden’s inauguration.

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“After the inauguration, we will reassess our security situation,” a senior NYPD official said in a statement to FOX Business.

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