The CEO of luxury department store Barneys New York apologized and said the store has hired civil rights experts after two black customers said they were stopped by police after making expensive purchases.
Mark Lee said in a statement Thursday that that “no customer should have the unacceptable experience” of being accosted by police after making a purchase at the store.
Lee said the store has hired Michael Yaki, who serves on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, to lead a review of fairness and equality practices.
In April 19-year-old Trayon Christian was stopped by two undercover officers after purchasing a $349 Salvatore Ferragamo belt with his debit card and ID.
After reports surfaced on Wednesday that he was suing the department store and the NYPD for unspecified damages, 21-year-old Brooklyn resident Kayla Phillips revealed that she had also been stopped by plainclothes cops when she purchased a $2,500 Céline bag.
As a refresher, here’s the ambiguous excuse released on Wednesday and again on Thursday morning:
“Barneys New York typically does not comment on pending litigation. In this instance, we feel compelled to note that after carefully reviewing the incident of last April, it is clear that no employee of Barneys New York was involved in the pursuit of any action with the individual other than the sale. Barneys New York has zero tolerance for any form of discrimination and we stand by our long history in support of all human rights. We are very sorry that any customer of our store would have this experience”
Why is Barneys claiming they had nothing to do with the police stopping the customers. How in the heck would they know to question or handcuffed if Barneys didn’t call them??
All black people have to do is STOP shopping there, show them better than you can tell them!!