Barneys Bags 2nd Lawsuit After Black Customer Is Stopped & Frisked (DETAILS)
A second person has come forward with a Barneys story of Shopping While Black at the tony New York department store days after 19 year old Trayon Christian filed a lawsuit against Barneys and the NYPD for discrimination.
21 year old Kayla Phillips shared her own experience with racial profiling with the Daily News, reporting that she was grilled by plainclothes cops after buying a $2,500 Celine bag from Barney’s this February.
Phillips, a nursing student from Canarsie, told the Daily News that during her Barneys checkout, the cashier fielded a brief phone call. Phillips left Barneys, walked three blocks to the Lexington Ave Subway station and was about to go through the turnstile when she was stopped by four undercover cops. Two approached her from behind, pushing her against a wall, as two others blocked the turnstile.
“I was, like, panicking,” Phillips says. “I thought something happened, that they would attack me like that. I said, ‘What’s going on?’ She (the female cop) said, ‘Let me see what card you used. What are you doing in Manhattan? Where do you live?'” Phillips said she was in Manhattan shopping.
“And she asked me how did I purchase this expensive bag? I said, ‘How did you know I bought an expensive bag?’ She grabbed my bag from me, and I gave her my receipt and my card. They started bending it, to see it it was authentic.
Phillips, a soon-to-be-mother of two and the wife of a police officer, bought the Celine bag with cash from a tax refund and a temporary debit card issued by her bank, Bank of America. The card did not have her name on it but the replacement card, which she had on her, came with a letter explaining that her new card was not activated, did.
After taking the names and badge numbers of the cops, Phillips called her mother who later filed a complaint with the Civilian Complaint Reviews Board, the UN of cop watching. Phillips and her mother filed notice of a $5 million lawsuit against Barneys and the city.
#Shopping While Black isn’t anything new. The most notorious case involved Oprah Winfrey a few years ago in France at an Hermes store; and most recently in Switzerland. Winfrey was denied entry to Hermes and was profiled as a thief at a boutique in the Swiss capital. Actor Forrest Whitaker who was stopped and frisked in a store clerk in a deli in Manhattan in February.
Via Barneys Facebook page:
“Barneys New York typically does not comment on pending litigation. In this instance, we feel compelled to note that after carefully reviewing the incident of last April, it is clear that no employee of Barneys New York was involved in the pursuit of any action with the individual other than the sale. Barneys New York has zero tolerance for any form of discrimination and we stand by out long history in support of all human rights.”
No one is buying it; and neither should you.
Barneys teamed recently with Jay Z to release a holiday collection. We’ll see how that plays out.