To quote the late great Amy Winehouse, what kind of fuckery is this? A 19-year-old black man has filed a lawsuit against Barneys and NYPD after he said he was arrested for buying a $350 belt from the high-end store.
"According to the New York Post, a Barneys clerk asked 19-year-old Trayon Christian for identification at the register. He reportedly did not believe the young man could afford the item. The clerk subsequently alerted the authorities.
As Christian exited the store, undercover officers approached him and asked “how a young black man such as himself could afford to purchase such an expensive belt,” according to the suit.
He was then arrested and taken to the local precinct. Prior to this, Christian had no arrest record."
Christian, who mind you, is a student at NYC College of Technology, bought the belt with money he saved from working at a part-time job. According to the lawsuit, Christian showed officers his identification, Chase debit card and the receipt from his purchase, but was told "his identification was false and that he could not afford to make such an expensive purchase.” Officers then called the bank, which confirmed the purchase and they released Christian.
Christian says he returned the belt and will never shop at Barneys again. I hope she gets enough money to buy the store (I know it's not good to make assumptions, but a $350 Salvatore Ferragamo belt from Barneys? He sounds like "family" to me:). Gay or not, good for him.