Another incident at Macy’s, I’ll add it here rather than start a new thread.
[FONT=Arial]In a third such allegation this week, actor Rob Brown of HBO’s “Treme” told New York’s Daily News on Friday he had been “paraded” through a Midtown Manhattan Macy’s in handcuffs in June, and held for an hour, after purchasing a $1,350 gold Movado watch for his mother.
Brown said he came forward after reading news accounts of others who had similar experiences at Barneys.
He told the newspaper he “implored” police to check his ID, but “they kept telling me, ‘Your card is fake. You’re going to jail.’”
Retailer Barneys New York publicly apologized this week, and Macy’s Inc said late on Friday it was investigating Brown’s allegations.
Police officials have said that grand larceny - which includes shoplifting and credit card fraud - are top priorities in Midtown Manhattan’s busy retail districts. An NYPD spokesman was not immediately available to comment on Saturday.
Grand larceny accounts for more than 75 percent of all crime in the precincts that cover the two retailers, according to New York Police Department crime statistics.
Brooklyn nursing student Kayla Phillips, 21, said this week she was surrounded by four undercover police officers in February after leaving Barneys with a $2,500 Celine handbag she had purchased. She plans to sue, said her lawyer, Kareem Vessup.
OK, theft by fraud is a big problem at these stores. I guess their policy is to let suspected thieves leave to “complete” the crime & make it easier to prosecute. But why can’t stores scan people’s IDs? That’s what happens when I buy beer (I’m 49+) they have a scanner to read the bar code.
It will be interesting to see the lawsuits go forward. Barney’s and Macy’s will have to produce their records which should show whether minorities were overrepresented among those accused, or among those committing fraud for that matter.
My other problem with these stories is who pays such prices for clothes? I wouldn’t even if I hit the lotto.