Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Shopping While Black: Young, Black Male Arrested After PURCHASING A Belt From Barneys In NYC

Yes, you read the title right: A Young, Black Male Arrested After PURCHASING A Belt From Barney's In NYC!!!

According to New York Post, Trayon Christian, a college student recently visited Barneys in New York City and purchased a $350 Salvatore Ferragamo belt.  The cashier that handled his transaction called the cops on him because he/she did not believe that this young man actually has the means to make such a purchase.  Plain clothes officers confronted Christian, arrested him and took him to the local precinct where he was held until they called the institution he banks with and it was confirmed that he is indeed the true owner of the bank account associated with the bank card he possessed.

Trayon Christian, 19, a NYC College of Technology freshman from Corona, went to the Madison Avenue fashion mecca in April to buy the Salvatore Ferragamo belt after saving up his paychecks from a part-time job at the college. 
But as soon as he exited the luxury department store, undercover officers grabbed Christian and asked “how a young black man such as himself could afford to purchase such an expensive belt,” according to the suit, filed Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court. 
A Barneys clerk, who had asked Christian for identification when he bought the belt, called police claiming the purchase was a fraud, the suit says.
Plainclothes detectives hauled Christian off Fifth Avenue and into the local precinct.
There, Christian produced his identification, his debit card from Chase and the receipt with his name on it, the suit states. 
“In spite of producing such documentation, Christian was told that his identification was false and that he could not afford to make such an expensive purchase.” 
Cops eventually called Chase, which verified that the card belonged to Christian, and they let him go. 
Police sources said Christian has no arrest record. 
Christian told The Post he returned the belt out of disgust over his treatment by the world-famous clothing store. 
“I didn’t want to have anything to do with it,” he said, adding that he was first inspired to buy the accessory by Harlem rapper Juelz Santana who wears the Italian designer’s duds. 
Christian said he’ll never shop at Barneys again. 
He is suing both Barneys and the NYPD for unspecified damages. 
Barneys did not immediately comment.

Damn!!  Where the fuck does it end?!

As time evolves so does the racial profiling.  It used to be that blacks were followed and watched closely all over stores because it was a general assumption that they could not afford the goods in the store or that we are born thieves with no sense of morality or home training.

But this here??.. It's INSANE!! ABSURD!!!  To insinuate and then go as far as to call the cops on this young man because "It's no way this black kid can afford a belt that it'd take me months on months on fuckin' months to save up for with my hourly pay!" Is this shit real?!  And then the cops..  Christian produces a legit form of identification and a bank card with a matching name on both.  Still, he is arrested and carted off to the precinct like a common criminal.  This entire ordeal is embarrassing and discouraging!

I hope that Barneys and the NYPD is hit in the pockets sooooooo hard!  A lesson needs to be taught here.  And that clerk's name can be released any moment now.  A twitter handle or something!  He/she needs to have it brought to their front door! (Figuratively, of course.)

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