High-end luxury store Barneys doesn't exactly have the best track record when it comes to their treatment of black customers. In 2014, the company was forced to pay $525,000 for a racial profiling inquiry when it was discovered that they had been investigating the purchases of minority customers. And before that, in 2013, the store also faced a lawsuit from 19-year-old Queens, N.Y., student, Trayon Christian, who claimed cops were called on him for no reason after shopping.
Now, more customers are coming forward with racially motivated accusations. After a New Jersey couple (Conrad Barton and Geneva Gordon) was heavily scrutinized while attempting to return some items at the store, they are now claiming they were harassed and targeted because of their skin color.
According to The Root: "[W]hen Barton tried to return the jeans, for which he paid $1,045 and $321 for the scarf, a clerk asked him to wait. Fifteen minutes later, a man showed up claiming to be the manager, though it turns out he was a loss-prevention officer and demanded that Barton show some identification. Barton argued that he didn’t need to show ID to make the return. The officer then refused to give Barton back the clothes that he’d pay for-- or his debit card." A manager eventually came and processed the return.
“You’re being stereotyped when you are just following a regular store procedure,” Barton said to the Daily News. “It shouldn’t have went down that route.”
“I feel the whole situation was very disheartening and embarrassing and unnecessary,” Gordon added.
Barneys at first claimed they would investigate the situation but never followed up with the couple. They are now suing.
Barneys has not issued a statement on the subject.
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