Trayon Christian filed a discrimination suit this week aganist Barneys and the NYPD of racial profiling An African-American male, Trayon Christian 19, says that he was falsely accused of using a fake debit card after he bought a Ferragamo belt for $349 at the Barneys flagship on Madison Avenue New York in April. Its being reported by The New York Daily News, that Mr .Christian was approached and stopped by two undercover cops that Barneys may have tipped off about his credit card being fake after he left the store, Christian was then detained and questioned. This action made Christian file a law suit against Barney’s for racial discrimination.
Kayla Phillips who is 21, also came forward and told The New York Dailey News today that she, too, was also accused of fraud after purchasing a $2,500 Céline bag at the Madison Avenue store in February. Phillips, said that she bought the bag with her temporary debit card, and moments after exiting the store, was surrounded by undercover cops inside a nearby subway station.
Both Christian and Phillips were reportedly asked questions concerning their finances, with the cops trying to figure out how they were able to purchase such expensive products. Barneys has denied that the store’s staffs were the ones that called the police and that were not involved in the situation. However, Barney does have a task force of law enforcement officials at its store to protect it from fraud.
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Barneys posted the following statement on its 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 our long history in support of all human rights.