The retail sector, including carrier cell phone stores, had barely begun to reopen from its COVID-19 closures last week when unrest caused by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis caused some stores to shut back down, according to media reports.
Out of concern about the safety of employees and customers, Apple has reportedly temporarily closed many of its U.S. retail outlets, according to 9to5Mac. More than half of the OEM’s stores nationwide had reopened by May 28.
With peaceful protests devolving into chaos and looting late at night in major cities, an AT&T store in Atlanta’s Lenox Square was subject to looting and damage.
Near Rockefeller Center, in New York, storefront windows were smashed and an AT&T store was left damaged, according to the Business Insider.
In Elgin, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, looting incidents occurred at a Metro by T-Mobile and Ben’s Mobile Phones and Repair Center.
Last Saturday, protestors cause minor damage to AT&T’s headquarters in downtown Dallas, prompting the carrier to board up windows to protect exteriors of its soon-to-be launched Discovery District.
Verizon Commits $10m Social Justice Organizations
In response to the unrest, the Verizon Foundation committed $10 million to social justice organizations, includingThe National Urban League, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), National Action Network, Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights, Rainbow Push Coalition, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund,
“The events unfolding across the country that are rooted in hate are contradictory with our beliefs as a company and leave me with a feeling of regret and sadness. Verizon is fiercely committed to diversity and inclusion across all spectrums because it makes us and the world better. I am hopeful that the rest of the country will come to understand that valuing everyone equally is the best way forward. We cannot commit to a brand purpose of moving the world forward unless we are committed to helping ensure we move it forward for everyone. We stand united as one Verizon,” Hans Vestberg, Verizon chairman and CEO.