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Barneys New York Store Accused Of Racial Profiling

A lawsuit has been filed that accuses Barneys New York of racial profiling and discrimination. 19-year-old Trayon Christian filed the lawsuit yesterday and claimed that police approached and detained Christian after Barneys staff had called police.

The store workers allegedly didn’t believe a young black male could afford the $349 belt he had purchased. After an investigation confirmed that the debit card Christian used to purchase the belt was his, he was released. But in a statement, Barneys New York denied the charges and said they had a “zero tolerance” policy for either racial profiling or discrimination.

“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,” said the company in a statement on its Facebook page today.  “Barneys New York has zero tolerance for any form of discrimination and we stand by our long history in support of all human rights.”

However, it seemed that some shoppers weren’t buying the explanation. “I don’t believe this for a second,” one commenter wrote. “I will not be purchasing anything from Barneys in the future. You have lost my business. I refuse to give my money to a company that supports racial profiling.”

A trial date has not yet been set.

(Photo: Reuters)

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