When Trayon Christian got his paycheck from his college work-study job, he knew exactly how he was going to spend it. The 19-year-old New Yorker went to high-dollar department store Barneys and picked up a $349 Salvatore Ferragamo belt. He paid for it with his debit card, showed his ID to the clerk and was quickly out the door with his purchase … but then buyer's remorse showed up in the form of two NYPD detectives. They reportedly accused him of using a fake debit card to buy the belt, handcuffed him and took him to the police station. "The detectives were asking me, 'How could you afford a belt like this? Where did you get this money from?'" Christian told the New York Daily News.
Christian has since filed a lawsuit against both the NYPD and Barneys, the cops for allegedly holding him at the station for two hours (which the NYPD denies, saying the time was actually 42 minutes) and the store for reportedly calling the police to report his credit card. "He's never been arrested," Christian's attorney, Michael Palillo, said. "His only crime was being a young black guy buying a $300 belt." And despite the fact that he'd wanted that belt for ages, he doesn't have it anymore — he returned it a few days later and got his money back. "I'm not shopping there again," Christian said. "It's cruel. It's racist." [Source]
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