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Starbucks manager who got two black men arrested for ‘trespassing’ in her store ‘no longer works for the company’

THE Starbucks manager who sparked a race row by calling the cops on two black men waiting for their friend is “no longer working there”, reports claim. Activists called for a global boy…

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THE Starbucks manager who sparked a race row by calling the cops on two black men waiting for their friend is "no longer working there", reports claim.

Activists called for a global boycott of the coffee giant after mobile phone footage appeared to show the men being handcuffed and frogmarched out of the store in Philadelphia.

 The female manager who called the cops on two black men waiting on a friend at Starbucks 'no longer works for the company'Reuters The female manager who called the cops on two black men waiting on a friend at Starbucks 'no longer works for the company'

A Starbucks representative told several media outlets, including ABC, the female manager had left the downtown store in what was a "mutual decision".

As protests at the outlet continue, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said he wants to meet the men to offer a face-to-face apology.

Johnson, who has called the arrests "reprehensible," arrived in Philadelphia this weekend after video of the incident gained traction online.

A company spokesman said the men have agreed to a meeting with Johnson, but it was not immediately known when it would take place.

 The female employee, who sparked protests and inadvertently started a race row, left in what was reportedly a 'mutual decision'Reuters The female employee, who sparked protests and inadvertently started a race row, left in what was reportedly a 'mutual decision'

Stewart Cohen, the lawyer for the two men, said he hopes "something productive for the community" can come out of such a meeting.

The incident is a major blow to Starbucks' image, since the company has promoted its coffee shops as neighborhood hangouts where anyone is welcome.

On Monday morning, around two dozen protesters took over the Philadelphia shop, chanting slogans including, "a whole lot of racism, a whole lot of crap, Starbucks coffee is anti-black".

A Starbucks regional vice president who attempted to talk to the protesters was shouted down.

 Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said he wants to meet the men to offer a face-to-face apologyReuters Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said he wants to meet the men to offer a face-to-face apology  Police officers monitor activity outside as protesters demonstrate inside the Starbucks where two black men were arrested in PhiladelphiaReuters Police officers monitor activity outside as protesters demonstrate inside the Starbucks where two black men were arrested in Philadelphia

"We don't want this Starbucks to make any money today. That's our goal," said Abdul-Aliy Muhammad, a protester and co-founder of the Black and Brown Workers Collective.

Over the weekend, demonstrators called for the firing of the employee who contacted police, who arrested the men on Thursday.

Outraged customers took to Twitter with the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks as they accused the chain's employees of racially profiling the men who were waiting for a friend in store.

One tweeted: "Dear Starbucks, Calling the police to arrest two black guys just for being there is not an 'incident'.

"It's racism at its ugliest level. And it should have no place in America. Sincerely, #BoycottStarbucks."

Actor Wendell Pierce – who works alongside royal bride-to-be Meghan Markle in US drama Suits – also waded in calling for customers to take their money elsewhere amid the race storm.

 Police officers speak to customers as the two men are handcuffed@missydepino Police officers speak to customers as the two men are handcuffed

Starbucks has since apologised for the incident and the boss of Starbucks says he wants to personally say sorry to the two men, who have now been released.

Police said Starbucks employees called to say the men were trespassing but the footage sparked accusations of racism on social media.

Melissa DePino, who filmed the footage on her phone, posted her own version of events on Twitter, wrote: "The police were called because these men hadn't ordered anything.

"They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did. They were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the white people are wondering why its never happened to us when we do the same thing."

 Cops stormed into a Starbucks shop in Philadelphia, US, after an employee called to say the men were trespassingPA:Press Association Cops stormed into a Starbucks shop in Philadelphia, US, after an employee called to say the men were trespassing  Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson says he wants to personally apologise to the men face-to-face and said the chain 'stands firmly against discrimination or racial profiling'Getty Images – Getty Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson says he wants to personally apologise to the men face-to-face and said the chain 'stands firmly against discrimination or racial profiling'

Chief exec Kevin Johnson said the firm "stands firmly against discrimination or racial profiling" and wants to meet the men to offer a "face-to-face apology".

Cops were told they asked to use the restroom but were denied as they had not bought anything.

The district attorney’s office said the pair were released because of lack of evidence of a crime.

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Is St George’s Day a bank holiday in 2018, what date is it and what is the story of the patron saint of England?

HE’s the patron saint of England and famously slayed a dragon, but surprisingly not many people can tell you much more about Saint George. We celebrate his life on Saint George’s Day ev…

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HE's the patron saint of England and famously slayed a dragon, but surprisingly not many people can tell you much more about Saint George.

We celebrate his life on Saint George's Day every April – here is the lowdown on the English legend and the St George's Cross…

 Saint George's Day is the feast day of Saint GeorgeGetty Images Saint George's Day is the feast day of Saint George

What is Saint George’s Day and when is it?

The feast day of Saint George is celebrated by various Christian Churches and several countries and cities where Saint George is the patron saint – including England.

The day is celebrated on April 23 each year and this is the date traditionally accepted of his death in AD 303.

While St Patrick's Day and St Andrew's Day are bank holidays in Ireland and Scotland respectively, St George's Day is not a bank holiday.

Who was Saint George and where did the legend of the dragon come from?

Although Saint George is England’s patron saint, George would likely have been a soldier somewhere in the eastern Roman Empire, probably in what is now Turkey – if he ever existed.

He is also the patron saint of: Ethiopia, Georgia and Portugal, and cities such as Freiburg, Moscow and Beirut.

 Saint George is the patron saint of England - as well as Ethiopia, Georgia and Portugal, and cities such as Freiburg, Moscow and BeirutPA:Press Association Saint George is the patron saint of England – as well as Ethiopia, Georgia and Portugal, and cities such as Freiburg, Moscow and Beirut

According to legend, George was martyred for his faith under Emperor Diocletian in the early fourth century, and there is a major shrine dedicated to him in Lod, Israel.

The earliest legend that features Saint George slaying a dragon dates to the 11th century.

The tale may have started simply as a way to symbolise the triumph of good over evil.

But, the well-known story mainly comes down to the Golden Legend – a popular collection of saints’ lives written in the 13th century.

 Popular customs include flying the St George's Cross flagGetty Images Popular customs include flying the St George's Cross flag

According to one version of the story, a town in Libya had a small lake inhabited by a dragon infected with the plague.

Many of the townsfolk were being killed by the dragon so they started feeding it two sheep a day to appease it.

When the town ran out of sheep, legend has it that the king devised a lottery system to feed the hungry dragon local children instead.

But, one day his own daughter was chosen and as she was being led down to the lake Saint George happened to ride past.

The story says that George offered to slay the dragon  but only if the people converted to Christianity.

They did, and the king later built a church where the dragon was slain.

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THE pilot whose plane crashed during the Shoreham Airshow disaster, killing 11 men, is due to appear in court. Andrew Hill, 54, of Sandon, Hertfordshire, faces 11 counts of manslaughter by gross ne…

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THE pilot whose plane crashed during the Shoreham Airshow disaster, killing 11 men, is due to appear in court.

Andrew Hill, 54, of Sandon, Hertfordshire, faces 11 counts of manslaughter by gross negligence and one count of endangering an aircraft under air navigation laws.

 Andrew Hill arrives at court this morningDoug Seeburg – The Sun Andrew Hill arrives at court this morning

He today arrived at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

The crash occurred when a vintage Hawker Hunter jet plummeted on to the A27 in West Sussex during a loop-the-loop stunt at the Shoreham Airshow on August 22, 2015.

RAF instructor Hill was thrown clear of the aircraft in the crash but survived after sustaining serious injuries.

Maurice Abrahams, 76, Graham Mallinson, 72, Mark Trussler, 54, Mark Reeves, and Anthony Brightwell, both 53, Dylan Archer, 46, Richard Smith, 26, Matt Jones, 24, and Daniele Polito, Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt, all 23, were all killed.

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British Airways hostess who moaned about ‘exhausting’ job quits to become Babestation-style webcam porn star

A FORMER British Airways air hostess has sacked off her “exhausting” job to become a BABESTATION-style webcam porn star. Laura Birbeck, 27, from Worcester, is the poster girl of live st…

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A FORMER British Airways air hostess has sacked off her "exhausting" job to become a BABESTATION-style webcam porn star.

Laura Birbeck, 27, from Worcester, is the poster girl of live strip show firms and has a dedicated fan base online.

 Laura Birbeck, 27, from Worcester, sends fans wild online when she works as a webcam porn starInstagram Laura Birbeck, 27, from Worcester, sends fans wild online when she works as a webcam porn star

She used to work for the airline and was based at Heathrow Airport, travelling around the world and sharing snaps on social media of her in her uniform.

However her social media posts are now far more risque after the surprising career change.

Speaking to Mail Online, a former colleague said: "I'm not surprised that she's gone into this line of work because it's what she's always been interested in doing.

"We were working together last year and she told me that she took a web camera and laptop with her on every flight.

 She used to work for British Airways - sharing snaps of herself in the conservative uniform She used to work for British Airways – sharing snaps of herself in the conservative uniform  ... but her social media posts are now far more risqueTwitter … but her social media posts are now far more risque  Laura used to moan of her 'tiring' job - and now says she has much more funTwitter Laura used to moan of her 'tiring' job – and now says she has much more fun

"When she got to her hotel room after work she'd connect the camera up to the laptop and start to perform. She'd do it whenever she had some free time wherever she was in the world.

"But good luck to her, being an air stewardess isn't for everyone and it can be quite exhausting work. If she has found something that she likes doing and she can make it work for her than fair play I say."

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 Laura back in the day when she was an air hostessFacebook Laura back in the day when she was an air hostess  She also shares racy snaps on her personal social media pagesFacebook She also shares racy snaps on her personal social media pages

Of her former life she tweeted: "When I was just a webcam model I felt so stress free, just working on my own pace and living comfortably.

"As an air hostess I have no time to myself and it's financially draining.

"I am so done with this! Back to being a full time model I think."

She said that pals have been hugely supportive of her career change.

 Speaking about her new job, she said: 'When I was just a webcam model I felt so stress free, just working on my own pace and living comfortably'Instagram Speaking about her new job, she said: 'When I was just a webcam model I felt so stress free, just working on my own pace and living comfortably'

Miss Birbeck added: "I feel very lucky I have the best and most open minded family and friends.

"They have shown me true support.

"And I am so blessed to have that.

 The 27-year-old loves teasing fans online on social mediaTwitter The 27-year-old loves teasing fans online on social media  She's traded in the jetset lifestyle for the webcam gig - but says she couldn't be happierFacebook She's traded in the jetset lifestyle for the webcam gig – but says she couldn't be happier  Pals have also been very positive about her career changeInstagram Pals have also been very positive about her career change  She said her friends 'have shown me true support. And I am so blessed to have that'Twitter She said her friends 'have shown me true support. And I am so blessed to have that'

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