Racial Profiling Cost Barneys $525,000
Last fall, a young black man was arrested after buying an expensive Ferragamo belt at Barneys New York. The man, Trayon Christian, had saved up from his part-time job to buy the accessory. Even though Christian had proof of purchase and I.D., police (who had reportedly been called by the Barneys cashier) took him to a local precinct and held him. After the case made national headlines, another shopper came forward with similar allegations. The cases of both of the shoppers have now been settled, and Barneys has been found at fault for racially profiling shoppers.