Barneys Case Stirs Talk of ‘Shopping While Black’

Jesse Washington, AP, October 29, 2013

The usual scenario involves suspicious glances, inattentive clerks or rude service–not handcuffs.

Yet when a black teen said he was wrongly jailed after buying a $350 belt at a Manhattan luxury store, it struck a nerve in African-Americans accustomed to finding that their money is not necessarily as good as everyone else’s. Shopping while black, they say, can be a humiliating experience.

Much attention has been paid to the issue over the years–Oprah Winfrey complained that a Swiss clerk did not think she could afford a $38,000 handbag, and even President Barack Obama has said he was once followed in stores. But according to shoppers interviewed Monday, many people don’t recognize how prevalent retail discrimination is, and how the consistent stream of small insults adds up to a large problem.

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Trayon Christian’s problem was not how he was treated when he went into Barneys New York–it was what happened afterward. In a lawsuit filed last week, the 19-year-old said that he bought a Ferragamo belt at the Manhattan store, and when he left he was accosted by undercover city police officers.

According to the lawsuit, police said Christian “could not afford to make such an expensive purchase.” He was arrested and detained, though he showed police the receipt, the debit card he used and identification, the lawsuit said.

After Christian’s lawsuit was filed, another black Barneys shopper said she was accused of fraud after purchasing a $2,500 handbag, and the black actor Robert Brown said he was paraded through Macy’s in handcuffs and detained for an hour after being falsely accused of credit card fraud.

For Yvonne Chan, the reports were a painful reminder of when she worked in a liquor store in a predominantly white Massachusetts town. Every few months someone would be caught stealing, and about half the time it was a black person.

“You find yourself watching black people. (The stealing) only happens once in a while, but it changes your perception,” Chan said.

Chan, a graduate student, always tried to remind herself not to act on stereotypes, but, “Like it or not, I’m going to have a preconceived notion of races from my experiences. As much as I would like to force my brain not to think like that and put everyone on an even playing field, stereotypes play a role in our society . . . we skew the view of people as individuals.”

Those skewed views can affect who gets arrested for retail theft, said Jerome Williams, a business professor at Rutgers University who has studied marketplace discrimination.

Many people justify racial profiling by saying that black customers are more likely to steal. But one study has shown that white women in their 40s engaged in more shoplifting than other demographic groups, Williams said.

“The reason they don’t show up in crime statistics is because people aren’t watching them,” said Williams.

Statistics showing that black customers steal more “are not really an indication of who’s shoplifting,” he said. “It’s a reflection of who’s getting caught. That’s a reflection of who’s getting watched. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

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Black people are not the only ones who can face unequal treatment in stores. Hispanics have made the same complaints. And Sher Graham, a white woman who lives in Mobile, Ala., says black servers in the fast-food restaurants she visits often wait on black customers first.

A few months ago, she said, a black cashier started talking to black women standing in line behind her about their order. “When I brought this to her attention, she just shrugged her shoulders and completely ignored me. This action happens more times than not here in the Gulf Coast region,” Graham, a consultant and speaker, said in an email interview.

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  • Good store detectives, those who haven’t had Boot Heel Sensitivity Training (TM) yet, all agree that “Under the circumstances, racism really is the best option.”

    • Svigor

      There are still some issues where libs can take advantage, but this isn’t one of them. Black crime is pretty much a done deal. We can answer both decisively, and pithily: black crime is borne out by victimization reports. In fact, crime victimization reports show blacks as slightly more criminal than conviction or incarceration rates do. In other words, blacks are getting less punishment than they deserve from the justice system, not more.

      Armed with this knowledge, common sense clearly suggests that blacks are fairly and justly targeted by security guards.

      Case closed.

  • Jesse James

    In America’s climate of litigiousness no company would take the risk of charging somebody with shoplifting unless they have iron clad proof. If more blacks are being arrested or detained it is because more of them are stealing. Corporations are soulless entities, they don’t care what race, religion or ethnicity a person is as the color of their money is the same. In the same vein a corporate loss prevention program doesn’t target race it targets thieves.

    • Erasmus

      Yet, again we see why blacks are so poor at science and any discipline dependent on empirical thought: They see what they believe when they should believe what they see.

      They’re like St. Skittles’s mother testifying before congress. They cannot deal with harsh reality.

      • Major

        Yea…she did look like a possum caught in the headlights of Ted Cruz’s glare and burning truth, didn’t she? If she wasn’t a hooker before…she sure is now since she’s sold her soul and belongs to the grievance class more than ever.

    • WASP

      Right, they’re going to catch shoplifters with indisputable evidence and store cameras are everywhere; they’re going to get in on video.

    • Alfred the Great

      You nailed it!

  • Jefferson

    One of the Rednecks from Duck Dynasty was racially profiled at an upscale luxury store in Manhattan a couple of months ago because he looks like he came straight out of the backwoods of Deliverance and they didn’t think he could afford to purchase anything there.

    Al Sharpton did not come to his rescue. Apparently racial profiling of Rednecks is okay in the eyes of the left wing.

    • Alfred the Great

      In other words, he looked like white trash. I don’t trust them either. Even though we are of the same blood. I don’t trust anybody who looks like he could be a criminal.

      • joesolargenius

        Poverty is a crime in a manner of speaking but not necessarily one being committed by the impoverished , I look like I collect money for the mob and generally dress down most of the time and have observed people immediately crossing the street when they see me approaching. I accept the fact that I have a fierce countenance and often try to belay the fears of the more timid people whom I come into contact with , even some of the young gang bangers stop talking trash when I pass by them.I too am an untrusting person but tend to give other Whites the benefit of the doubt.

        • Alfred the Great

          Walking with confidence may have a little to do with the respect others show you too.

      • Mike Conrad

        He looks like what the Ruling Class want Americans to think of as distinctively “white” … it’s television propaganda; draw your own conclusions.

      • Sick of it

        Give men with beards a chance…

        • Skip Wellington

          Their beards speak to their care-free attitudes about grooming, hygiene and overall deportment.

          • Sick of it

            American men used to be a bearded majority. You know, pre-feminism.

  • sbuffalonative

    I’m white. When I was a teen, I became keenly aware that I was being followed in a department store by store security. I have been followed in WalMart while shopping for unmentionables. When you spend too much time looking for a product, you can become a suspect to security. I still get followed because, as I said before, I tend to meander when I shop. I stop and look at things I’m not likely to buy but catch my eye. I was at Targets a couple weeks ago doing this and I suspect I was followed by a guy. Wearing a backpack draws attention too.

    This claim is similar to ‘driving while black’. What blacks don’t understand is that it happens to whites too but whites don’t make an issue of it whereas blacks tell everyone about their experience which only makes it appear they’re over represented.

    • Mike Conrad

      Exactly. Plus, when it happens to blacks it becomes an international cause célèbre. I was harassed by a black cop who said “you’re in the wrong neighborhood at the wrong time of night” (a whole mile from my own house) and somehow I doubt the MSM would be interested.

      • Katherine McChesney

        Sound like the ‘black cop’ was doing you a favor making you aware that as a white man you could be the target of black violence.

    • Erasmus

      I was followed as a kid also. Never bothered me. I grew up just fine.

      Of course that’s why people of European ancestry build civilizations and make world-changing discoveries: They know not to sweat the little things but to focus, instead, on the big ones.

      • Svigor

        I was profiled several times as a youth. Once I was pulled over and sat on a curb for a half an hour because I “matched a description of a rape suspect.” I laughed with relief when the cop told me that. This incident has never been entered into my personal mythology of persecution, because I am not surrounded by dupes waiting to be gulled with my story of woe (they’re all too busy waiting to be gulled by Homo Africanus’ stories of woe), and even if I were, I’m not a sociopath.

    • Svigor

      What you don’t understand is that “blacks don’t understand” is a non-sequitur; blacks would pretend not to understand, even if they could. To paraphrase William Munney: “understand’s” got nothin’ to do with it. Sorta like trying to argue with Engelman; the guy doesn’t care, any more than a defense lawyer does. He just wants to get his way, period, end of story.

      Of course blacks would understand that they no more know what it’s like to be white than whites know what it’s like to be black, if they gave a damn about understanding anything. But they don’t. Their words are simply the glib ploys of the sociopath, for whom all people, all behavior, are merely utility.

  • Alexandra1973

    I worked at a Walmart once.

    You have to give some minorities credit for creativity. When I had a day off, apparently this woman (I think I was told she was dot Indian) was caught shoplifting.

    Guess where they found a bottle of shampoo. (It’s pretty nasty.)

    • Mike Conrad

      Oh you got nothing on this: Search Tosh “A woman steals beer from underneath”

    • Erasmus

      Now just imagine the things that the ladies who’ve seen a lot of traffic down there could hide.

      • Alexandra1973

        “Lady” is the wrong term!

    • I’m going to assume that the store manager didn’t really want that shampoo bottle back.

      • Erasmus

        I wonder if any of them could ever could smuggle out a Christmas ham that way.

  • Spartacus

    “Much attention has been paid to the issue over the years–Oprah Winfrey
    complained that a Swiss clerk did not think she could afford a $38,000
    handbag, and even President Barack Obama has said he was once followed
    in stores.”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    No attention was paid to the double murder of two 4 and 6-year old sisters, Adiele and Marley Galbraith, killed for no reason by a groid during a home invasion:

    • “no reason”???

      You are kidding, right?

      Blackamoorgroids always have Reason – it’s called being Blackamoorgroids – it’s just what they do- kepp’n it real – they can’t not rob, rape, and murder- it’s in their nature.

      We need to grow our own nature:

      Fight Diversity, Foster Racism, Save Lives

    • joesolargenius

      I just tried to google that information about Adele and her sister Marley but could not find it on the web.

      • Spartacus

        In some articles they’re presented as having “Crutchfield” as their last name, not Galbraith, still not sure exactly which is accurate :

        http://irateirishman(DOT)com/blog/?p=16843

        • Alexandra1973

          I just got through reading the story about the woman who was assaulted while holding her toddler. That whatchamacallit needs to be strung up.

  • Alfred the Great

    It’s called criminal profiling. I have no problem with the fact that I never get asked to show my receipt before exiting a store. Whereas I see various others of predictable groups who are routinely stopped and checked. It you don’t want “da man shakin’ ya down all da time” then change your conduct.

    • “change your conduct”

      That’s offensive.

      Would you ask the leopard to change his spots?

    • Svigor

      Blacks’ tales of woe have no real traction. They complain about being profiled, even as they all do everything they can to fit the profile. Which is the inevitable consequence of making thugs the highest-status group in your culture.

      If blacks were really being harassed, the law-abiding among them would do everything they could to distance themselves from the thugs in their midst. Wearing belts, pants that fit, shirts that fit, and tucking their shirts in would be a great start. It’s much harder to profile someone as a (possibly armed) ghetto thug when he’s wearing clothes that fit, with a belt holding up his pants, and a shirt tucked into them.

      That blacks do the opposite shows that the price of dressing like a thug isn’t high enough to dissuade them. Which suggests that the supposed harassment is a negligible cost.

      Raise your hand if you think black males in proper dress clothes get stopped and frisked often?

  • “Rev” Witchdoctor Voodoo Al Sharpie Sharpton just said on MSNBC “racial profiling is UNACCEPTABLE wherever it occurs.”

    Okay, glad to know that it’s UNACCEPTABLE to racially profile me for White privilege.

    I expect ACCOUNTABLITY and ENFORCEMENT.

  • pcmustgo

    Hmmm, most store security guards these days are black, not sure about undercovers.

  • bigone4u

    Rigourous store security is good because it benefits everyone by keeping losses to a minimum, which in turn keeps prices lower. If a store ignored suspicious whites, then white criminals would target that store. Thus, all suspicious persons, regardless of race, must be kept under surveillance and detained, if necessary. Like others here have said about themselves, I’ve certainly been followed by store security on many occasions.

  • libertarian1234

    These people are miserable here, constantly harping on nothing but race to the exclusion of almost everything else. It is what they eat, breathe and sleep 24 hours per day.

    They have a CBC in Congress whose concern has nothing to do with the country as a whole. It concentrates on almost nothing else but blacks and all things black. It also contains some of the biggest, most rabid anti-white haters in the country, and every one of them to a person is a liar and will fabricate anything and everything if they perceive it will
    advance their agenda any way at all.

    And they’re pretty much typical of the entire black community.

    Integration has been a total failure.

    It’s time for them to go home to their mother continent.

    • ms_anthro

      They are not us. We–well, the dumber ones among us–keep trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Why should non-Whites be held to White standards? They can’t meet them and it’s cruel to them and dangerous to us to keep forcing the issue.

      Send them home with generous funds to get them started on their home continents, and then leave them there. No, they cannot come back. No, they can’t have more of our money once the initial reparation is paid. And no, we can’t all just get along.

      • Mike Conrad

        We tried that, with Liberia and Sierra Leone. Predictably enough, they turned both into slaughterhouses.

        • ms_anthro

          Not our problem.

      • Alexandra1973

        I agree. It IS cruel to make someone conform when they can’t. And liberals accuse US of hating blacks? It’s merciful to send them to where they can be themselves. They can go “do nuffins” over in Africa and leave us alone.

    • Katherine McChesney

      The CBC is a Black Supremacist Group.

  • Xerxes22

    We really don’t have a dog in this fight . Barneys is owned by a wealthy elite who probably are Obama supporters. They make their annual blackmail donations to the NAACP, LaRaza and all the other anti-White hate groups. Barneys signed a deal with a rapper to push his overpriced products. Now just who did they expect to buy these items pushed by a rapper? If you cater to Blacks, then you deserve what ever you get.

    • A company that signs a promotional deal with a foul-mouthed hip-hop thug has no legitimate grounds for complaint when other foul-mouthed hip-hop thugs decide they want this merchandise.

    • Svigor

      Good point. Purging any and all products that cater primarily to blacks, then playing only country or classical music in one’s stores, would probably prove more effective anti-theft measures than an army of security guards.

      The problem is, most blacks are conspicuous consumers who spend every dollar they get. Add to this the political incorrectness of analyzing the demographic realities of shoplifting, and you get failed business models.

      • Brian

        A local mall complex (Atlantic Station) had a big problem with hooptie cruising and general groid crime. They had all these outdoor, ground-mounted PA speakers, and switched from quiet top-40 to loud Sinatra. Problem solved. One of the maintenance workers I asked about it, sheepishly called it ‘ghetto repellant’.

  • Luca

    Stereotypes are earned. No one is accusing blacks of being poor drivers, liking spicy foods, having a strong work ethic, poor dancing skills, or watching too much opera.

    They’re perceived a certain way based on past experiences. This is observation and experience at work, not prejudice.

    • Mike Conrad

      Poor drivers? They cruise past me at 90mph and then scream RACISM when the fuzz pulls them over.

  • MekongDelta69

    “Blacks are arrested for shoplifting more often than whites only because store detectives are biased.”

    No:
    Blacks are arrested for shoplifting more often than whites because they shoplift more.

    • They’re stupid enough to think that retailers can afford to allow whites to shoplift, while not tolerating this from blacks. This is because most blacks are too inherently dense to run a business themselves, and will never understand that the bottom line: simple profit and loss, is what matters.

      White consumers are better able to delay gratification, so instead of “I gots ta be haben dat shiny ting right now, gnome sayin?” the thinking is more apt to be “I’m going to have to save up for one of those.” Our home VCR croaked in May, and instead of messing with VHS tapes any longer, we’re slowly replacing them all with DVDs. We don’t need to get it all done at once: four or five a month, used from Amazon is doing the job just fine while we cut back a little on other expenses.

      Blacks are not able to do this level of planning because they haven’t got the brains for things like impulse-control and self-discipline, so they shoplift instead, or sign leases for cars and mortgages for homes that they really can’t afford because they “gots ta be haben dat!”

      • MekongDelta69

        Exactly. Immediate gratification, no impulse control and no self discipline (in addition to every other cultural, moral, and social fault) equal a people not suited for Western Civilization.

        • Svigor

          Don’t forget sheer brazenness and shamelessness. Most whites would be mortified to be caught stealing. Even being wrongfully harassed and suspected is enough to embarrass most whites and reinforce their resolve not to steal. For blacks, on the other hand, being wrongfully suspected is just another interesting, dramatic event. Entertainment, if you will.

      • Katherine McChesney

        The New Orleans cop…there were TWO policewomen who were stealing shoes from Wal-Mart.

        • The only one I remember was the obese black female idiot who tried to convince the TV reporters that she was “Stopping the looting”.

  • OhWow

    I was wearing a sweatshirt and jeans when I walked in a Gucci store in Manhattan. A store clerk followed me around and said “You sure you’re in the right place?” with a smirk. I laughed and said “Yeah, I’m just looking…dressed down a bit here”. The clerk laughed. This kind of thing happens to white people too…as long as you don’t give off an elitist, rich aura, you will be seen as suspicious. I could understand where they were coming from since I was honestly dressed down. I got it. I knew they were just protecting their expensive merchandise. I would too if I owned the store.

    How is it NOT suspicious regardless of color, if some random person without the elitist aura looking at $400 belts and $3,000 handbags? I was on my phone texting a friend in the Manhattan Mall in Macy’s, and a black store clerk followed me around. I even understood it then, because for all he knows maybe I was planning something. The difference between me being a white guy and the same thing happening to blacks is that blacks want it so badly to be about race so they can sue and complain to stay the victim. With me, I understand where the stores are coming from, and I know I’m not stealing anything, so I let them do what they have to do and move on. It doesn’t disrupt my day if some store clerk wants to make sure I’m serious about a purchase. That’s good business. By the way, that black girl bought the $3,000 handbag…she had a job at some department store making somewhere around $9/ hour. I know people who make $130,000 who would think that’s way out of their range. Materialism in the black community is such a joke. No wonder they all go broke. They save up money for a handbag or Jordan’s instead of textbooks and college.

    • Bill Cosby once chided black parents for being willing to spend $200 on “afawete” shoes for their kids, but won’t pony up $40 for “Hooked on Phonics”. It’s all about image with them; never substance.

      • Erasmus

        Maybe they thought phonics was a new type of drug, and they certainly didn’t want their kids to be hooked on it?

    • De’Ontavious Jizzaiah Jones

      Perfect comment on this. I have experienced exactly the same. It is not about color, its about your projection of economic $tatu$. Blacks experience this
      “profiling” more often because their materialism causes them to go more often into high end stores looking at merchandise they really cannot afford.

    • Svigor

      As I hinted at above, also consider that blacks don’t have the same sense of shame or propriety that we do. Whites tend to remember a negative experience much more keenly than blacks. They avoid conflict much more studiously than blacks. Sure, blacks have lower impulse control, and so explode into anger more readily, and this gives the illusion that they feel badly more often than whites, but it’s an illusion. Blacks forget their negative experiences more quickly, and internalize them less. In short, while they whine about profiling more often than whites, they’re actually less impacted by it. The whining is just the glib sociopath’s strategy.

  • The Bogeyman

    I think this is a plot by high-end retailers to get the black community to boycott their stores. Then after loss due to “shrinkage” drops to almost nothing they can lay off 90% of their security personnel and save a significant amount of money.

  • Mike Conrad

    One or two black people allegedly “profiled” by a NY department store, and it’s international news. Oh the humanity! Jeez it sucks to be black in America, right? REPARATIONS NOW!

    • MBlanc46

      Good point, but that’s the reality that we have to live with at the moment.

  • willbest

    It wouldn’t surprise me that white women in their 40’s do a lot of shoplifting. The reason I require payment up front for first time customers now is because I was having a hell of a time collecting from single white women 40-55. I don’t know where their entitlement complex comes from.

    • Sick of it

      It’s part of the liberal mentality.

    • Svigor

      Biological clock is ticking away. They know they’re at the last hurrah and figure they might as well enjoy it?

  • Sick of it

    Got to love those ‘altruistic’ white liberal hypocrites. Down here, if you have the money, you make a purchase and no one harasses you. Only actual shoplifters are punished.

    • If shopping is so rough for them, why don’t they just mail-order? I love mail-order: tools from Harbor Freight, books, software and movies from Amazon, computer parts and clothes from all sorts of vendors, and back in the day I mail-ordered guns, accessories, ammo, reloading equipment and components. Mail order is great! You don’t have to drive around town; you just go on line or else write out the order and put it in the mail. All one needs is a debit card, a credit card or a checking account, and in a week, the goodie(s) arrive.

      The only “profiling” we get with mail order is from Amazon, which occasionally makes suggestions about other books and movies we might want, based on our prior purchases.

      • Sick of it

        I’m a big fan of online shopping, especially since I live in the middle of nowhere. And since so many of our local brick and mortar stores went out of business.

      • Svigor

        Same here. I hate shopping, so I make most of my purchases online. Better prices, too.

  • Nice Guy

    Whine whine whine! Blacks don’t know what true discrimination is! They’re a favored class in the States, a group of people who get whatever they want–and get away with whatever they want–simply because of the accident of their birth.

    Being denied an apartment to rent because you’re the wrong skin color, being denied a job–these are real instances of discrimination. Ones that I see everyday living in Japan as a foreigner. But I never let it bother me. I pulled myself up by the bootstraps and carved my own destiny, despite the rampant, institutionalized racism here.

    Blacks in America? They’re not victims of racism; if anything, they’re the racists!

    • Svigor

      But you have the capacity to think. I.e., “wow, this is their country, and nobody owes me a living, anyway.” You also have the capacity for shame and self-criticism. I.e., “wow, who the hell am I to think the world owes me a living?”

      Blacks don’t.

  • JohnEngelman

    Racial prejudice is based on previous experience.

    • Jack Burton

      Young people steal more and blacks steal more, it’s just a fact, they’re high crime groups.

    • Katherine McChesney

      I know some East Asians who refuse to buy used clothing in fear they might have been worn by blacks.

      • JohnEngelman

        Immigrants tend to have a lower opinion of blacks than do whites who were born in the United States. Immigrants do not feel guilty about the “plight” of blacks. They notice what most blacks are like, and draw logical conclusions.

  • dd121

    “The usual scenario involves suspicious glances, inattentive clerks or rude service–not handcuffs.” I hear that the native Hawaiians do this to whites on the islands. Guess it’s human nature or they just hate us.

  • Nathanwartooth

    “Many people justify racial profiling by saying that black customers are more likely to steal. But one study has shown that white women in their 40s engaged in more shoplifting than other demographic groups, Williams said.”

    Citation needed.

    Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Is there anyone in the universe who thinks that women in their 40s are master thieves?

    • “Studies have shown” is one of the left’s favorite weasel phrases. They are never called to actually attribute the researchers and authors of these fictional “studies” or name the peer-reviewed journals purported to be publishing them.

      • Nathanwartooth

        The dissident right is excellent for producing citations in their articles. The left just seems to make stuff up as they go along.

  • MBlanc46

    Paying special attention to blacks in stores is one thing. It makes a lot of sense. But what is with the cops (not store employees) picking the kid up after he leaves the store with his purchase? If there was reason to suspect that his payment was not valid, shouldn’t that have been dealt with at the time of the sale? Unless there was something going on here that we’re not being told about, this looks to me like heavy-handed policing.

    • That seemed peculiar to me as well. When I bought my home in 1996, the sellers took the washer, drier and refrigerator. I bought new appliances at Sears, all at once, and Citibank called the store to have the staff make certain of my identity. I showed them my ID and that was the end of the problem.

      That said, I was a 30 year-old engineer in slacks and a polo shirt instead of a 19 year-old ghetto rat; appearances really do make a difference.

      • MBlanc46

        Appearances do make a difference, and it wouldn’t seem odd to me if the store employees (and they surely have a security staff) seriously grilled the kid about the validity of his documents. But to accept the documents and then sic the cops on him is what seems uncalled for.

  • Marlin B. Newburn

    Blacks are the league-leaders in crime all across the country – and around the world. Detroit no longer has any major retailers or food chain stores within the city limits due to rampant and open theft. Due to rude and often violent behavior, good restaurants are no longer located in Detroit.

    Blacks there now whine that they have to take buses to the suburbs to shop for anything of substance. Look in a mirror, black people. The problem is you, and your violent and impulsive behavior. It is only common sense to keep an eye on you people.

  • Jack Burton

    Reminds me of when Jared Taylor was on the Queen Latifah show and her nonsensical argument was that racism was to blame for blacks getting caught more and their crime rate being inflated. It’s total BS. They are suspected more precisely because they commit more crime, it’s perfectly rational. It’s irrational and stupid to ignore pattern recognition for pseudo-moralistic reasons of racial equality.

  • Kenner

    It happened, and at about the same time as Oprah’s handbag brouhaha.

  • Any sort of profiling is normal. I received much more scrutiny from store security 25 years ago than I do now. This is because young people are more likely to steal than the middle-aged. The only time I ever found it irritating was when shopping for blue jeans a store worker followed me closely and asked me “can I help you” four or five times in the same number of minutes.

    • Brian

      I used to have a ponytail when I was in my 20’s. When I cut it, I suddenly became much more trustworthy…like magic.

  • logwarrior

    You fish where the fish are. Since the “Canadians” have a propensity for theft it only makes sense to monitor them more closely. If anyone doubts that then they can open a retail outlet in any heavily populated “Canadian” area and check the level of shrinkage.

  • Pelagian

    I have a friend who works for Stein Mart in a 75% white area. It’s blacks 9 out of 10 who do the shoplifting. And there is so much of it that it makes working retail very uncomfortable. Turnover is high.

  • Yale2001

    Worked a year in retail (my first year in college). Blacks do steal more often. Period. They always kept black, regular dressed security personnel. This trick worked like gold. I heard these guys often say they would steal right in front of them (knew they were watching them), and they would simply follow them out the door and hold them till the cops came. It was a daily occurrence.

  • Michigan Patriot

    How about these under- mentioned or not mentioned, much more important topics in the leftist ,anti-white press : Jogging while White; car-jacked while shopping while White, stabbed while shopping while White; shot & robbed while working in a store while White; etc. .

  • Katherine McChesney

    Blacks aren’t normal. I read an article written by a black woman who claimed that blacks rarely move away from the neighborhood they were born in. They agreed that the men have multiple babies with multiple women. The children grow up and may have relationships with other children who share their dna. Which could account for the mental incompetence of blacks due to incestual relationships.

    • Alexandra1973

      And they have the nerve to say hillbillies are into incest. The word “projection” comes to mind.

  • Katherine McChesney

    I’ve shopped for belts for under $20.00. What is available in that price range is cheap, man made material which will not wear well for very long. I am not wealthy but I prefer to make purchases of items that are quality so they last. I may have to budget but so be it.

    • MBlanc46

      Maybe that’s because women’s accessories tend to be more stylish and expensive than men’s. I can buy a belt that will last for years for $10.

  • Katherine McChesney

    Kroger had to close it’s store in the predominately black Dickerson Road area in North Nashville due to the theft of $1m of groceries. Even the black cashiers weren’t scanning the high end items and were giving them away. Blacks were walking out with groceries they didn’t pay for. And Dillards in the Rivergate once forbade blacks from shopping because they shoplifted so much merchandise. One black was caught slashing clothing with a sharp knife.

    Blacks are solely responsible for their poverty and their incarcerations.

    • I watched an incident inside an ARC thrift store in Colorado Springs in 2010 which a negro was caught shoplifting. Shoplifting from a thrift store: that’s really low! One would think that as low as prices at those places already are, nobody would be inclined to steal.

      Colorado state law allows a business to (easily) obtain permanent restraining orders against a convicted shoplifter. One of these means that said shoplifter may never again enter that store.

  • There’s always the expedient of going to the customer service counter at a supermarket and buying a money order with cash.

  • Rick Brooks

    I bought a belt at Walgreens a while back for $6 and it’s still in good shape and I still use it. I wouldn’t spend $350 for a belt even if I were a millionaire. I guess he’s from a demographic that loves ‘bling’ however.

    • I got two for about that much each at Wal Mart: both real leather, and I don’t look like a whiny ghetto punk while wearing one.

  • Alexandra1973

    When I worked at Walmart it was claimed that most “shrink” was due to employee theft.

    Maybe if they’d stop with the AA hires….

  • Sloppo

    If the extremely high incarceration rates of blacks were primarily the result of their being watched more carefully than other demographic groups, it would cause our country’s free black population to have a disproportionately low number of criminals remaining in circulation. Theoretically, that would cause predominately black population centers like Detroit and East St. Louis to have very low crime rates.

    • Svigor

      If black arrest/conviction/incarceration rates were unjust, they’d be higher than blacks’ representation on crime victimization reports and surveys. The opposite is true, blacks are slightly more represented on victimization reports and surveys than they are among convicts and the arrested.

  • MBlanc46

    And because of this incident, racial profiling is made to look like thumbscrews and bright lights in the eyes. Apparently the store people had no reason to deny the kid’s debit card. The cops shouldn’t have gotten involved without probable cause. There’s no reason to believe that this kid has been involved in attacks on white people, so that entire issue is irrelevant. It’s hard enough to develop race consciousness in people without having to deal with sort of idiocy on the part of the cops.

  • Who Me?

    Oh, the cops don’t have radar and a crystal ball to know that the kid’s got a $350 belt in the shopping bag. Somebody at the store had to call the police and let them know there was a kid with a spendy designer belt coming out of the store and that his ID or credit card or something looked fishy. The police shouldn’t have been involved if the ID and CC passed muster at the store. On the other hand, after the cops checked his CC and his ID and the receipt, they should have said, “Have a nice day, Kid,” and sent him on his way, Since they took him to the station and ran checks on his story from there, either they were racist, like he says, or he was dressed like a punk, or his ID looked funny. Since I’m sure most NYPD officers know full well that to appear racist is the kiss of death to your career, It would surprise me if that was the case here. (Although human stupidity does abound, and this does make race realism look bad.)

  • Cannot Tell

    I don’t think there’s a need to applaud black men for behaving the way men are supposed to behave.

  • PesachPatriot

    Ah…is this the infamous military genius known as general buck naked? The 1970’s aviator shades are pretty impressive…Liberia…its kind of like Riviera beach or parts of Tampa without EBT cards, section 8 housing or cars with big spinning rims…