A 19-year-old college student from Queens says he was handcuffed and locked in a jail cell after buying a $350 designer belt at Barneys on New York's Madison Avenue because he is "a young black man." Trayon Christian told NBC 4 New York on Wednesday that he saved up from a part-time job for weeks to buy a Salvatore Ferragamo belt at Barneys. When he went to the store to buy it in April, he says the checkout clerk asked to see his identification. After the sale went through and he left the store, he was approached by police.
British retailers are taking advantage of the world's focus on London during this Olympic season. Department stores, including Selfridges, Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Liberty of London, have created a variety of enticements for locals and foreign shoppers, according to Forbes. For example, anticipating a high demand for Gucci products, Harrods set up a "shopping line" on the pavement complete with a velvet rope. Home retailer OKA has illustrated pictures of corgi dogs (the Queen's dogs) on its windows. Other stores have timed their openings with the Games — Victoria's Secret on New Bond Street recently opened its doors. Also,
Two privately owned stores in Queens, N.Y., accused of peddling unauthorized Apple accessories have agreed to surrender any fake products in their inventories, according to a proposed settlement registered in federal court in Brooklyn.
Discount grocer Aldi has opened its first-ever New York City-area store in the borough of Queens. The store, which is located in Rego Park, marks the first of three grocery stores the company plans to open in New York, including new locations in the Bronx and Bay Shore, Long Island.