Barneys is at the centre of a racism row after a black teenager accused the high-finish department retailer of wrongfully detaining him after he made an costly purchase.
Trayon Christian of Queens, New York is taking authorized motion against the shop, which he says focused him as a ‘younger black American male’.
The 19-yr-old claims that he was racially profiled when he went to Barneys on Madison Avenue in Manhattan on 29 April and purchased a $349 Ferragamo belt. He paid with a debit card and showed a store clerk I.D.
Christian says that as he went to go away the shop he was accosted by undercover NYPD officers, who said somebody at the store had raised issues over the sale and the authenticity of his I.D.
“The detectives had been asking me, ‘How may you afford a belt like this? The place did you get this money from?'” Christian told the new York Each day Information.
He alleges that he was detained at a precinct in a cell for greater than two hours before being released with out charge.
Based on Christian’s lawsuit, the incident was because of “discrimination based mostly on plaintiff’s race and age as he was a younger black American male.”
Barney’s stated that the incident was underneath investigation.
A spokesperson mentioned: “After carefully reviewing the incident of last April, it is obvious that no employee of Barneys New York was involved in the pursuit of any action with the individual aside from the sale.”
Christian, who lives at home with his mom, returned it a number of days later and received his cash back. Salvatore “I am not buying there again,” Christian mentioned. “It is cruel.