The Children's Place may not be so welcoming if you're Black or Brown.
Miriam and Carlita Alejandro, Latinx sisters, shopping at The Children's Place in Camp Hill, Pa., got harassed by a nosey store clerk when they ask to price match clothes. A sales associate said the women were angry because they're on welfare.
Miriam said she was there to help a family who had lost everything in a fire by purchasing clothes for a child. Ms. Rhonda, the store clerk who was helping the ladies, said they may have to wait for the price check because the store was busy.
Miriam wrote on her Facebook page that she responded to Ms. Rhonda: "'Lancaster never gives us any issues or said such a thing, but okay.' Then Price Match Patty aka Genie who was never in our conversation started getting smart saying that we (my sister & I) 'were mad because we were on welfare.'"
Ms. Rhonda didn't know what to do when the Alejandro sisters reported what the nosey store employee said, but she attempted to chastise her. Miriam started recording to document the experience they had.
Price Match Patty has been fired, according to a company statement provided on Monday. Carlita Alejandro posted on Facebook that the company called and offered gift cards and reward points to continue spending her money at the retailer.
Because that's the way to handle your company's screw up-- buy off the people your employees have offended?
Alejandro wrote, "I will NEVER feel safe nor welcomed shopping their stores again!!"
The Children's Place has a history of discrimination. In 2000, they lost a lawsuit concerning profiling customers and had to provide anti-discrimination training in all stores in Massachusetts and hire a consultant to look at their policies.
Unrelated to the incident, two executives left the company this week (Pamela Wallack and Anurup Pruthi), "to pursue other opportunities" — the only minority and the only female in the C-Suite (other than the female CEO). The Children's Place Inc. has never participated in DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity competition.
CEO and president Jane Elfers said, "As we approach the last phase of our major systems implementations, the opportunity exists for significant efficiencies across the organization, and today we are announcing a more streamlined senior leadership structure."
Price Match Patty has not been fully identified yet, but some commenters on social media say she's married to a Black man, like Key Fob Kelly in St. Louis. That wouldn't excuse her behavior anyway.
Others say they have been profiled at that same store by Price Match Patty and others before:
Instead of hiring a diversity and inclusion specialist to address diversity issues, they chose to hire mental health professionals and white-led university consultants.
After a report was released detailing racist incidents in the Haverford, Pa., school district and town, leadership in one of the most affluent regions in the country, with a predominantly white population, decided that diversity is not a priority.
Police said the woman called 911 because she was "uncomfortable." She gets fired from her actual job.
Hilary Brooke Mueller, a white woman, decided that she was the police, security and a private investigator, on top of being racist.
Mueller blocked D'Arreion Toles of St. Louis, a Black man, from entering his own apartment building, Elder Shirt Lofts, and proceeded to harass him and follow him to his apartment.
She kept asking what unit he lived in and to show his keys. Toles, stayed calm and asked her repeatedly to move and told her she had no right to question him. Surprise, Mueller said she did, because she lived on the third floor.
"You are blocking me into my building. This is my building as well. So, I need you to get out of my way," said Toles.
She said she was "uncomfortable," to which Toles replied that was her issue, not his.
Toles recorded her and the video went viral.
Once inside the building, she continued to ask him questions and followed him into the elevator and to his apartment. Once he pulled out his keys, she changed her tune and tried to introduce herself as his neighbor.
Toles said he wanted nothing to do with her. He later answered his door to police that were called on him!
"I was kind of blown away, shocked and like wow," said Toles. "I am just glad I had my camera out. If I did not have my camera out, I feel it could have gone a totally different way."
The Metropolitan Police Department in St. Louis said it responded to a 911 call that "was made because the caller did not know if the male subject was a tenant."
Mueller's actions not only didn't sit well with her neighbor Toles, but also didn't sit well with her employer, Tribeca Luxury Apartments. She was fired on Sunday.
The company, not affiliated with the Mueller and Toles' residence, said, in a statement, that the interaction was "disturbing."
"The Tribeca-STL family is a minority-owned company that consists of employees and residents from many racial backgrounds," the statement said. "We are proud of this fact, and do not, and never will, stand for racism or racial profiling at our company. After a review of the matter, the employee has been terminated and is no longer with our company."
The local news station tried to interview Mueller and buzzed her unit and also called numbers listed for her, but she never answered.
Toles reflected on the incident. "At the end of the day, why would she call the police on me? I just walked in and went to my house."
"It's pretty sad."
Reader Question: Do you think Toles was justified in his responses; should he have expected the police to be called? Should he have called the police?
Moving While Black: 'They think I'm stealing, I've been hearing this for 40 years,' Says Karle Robinson
After Robinson filed a complaint, the police chief gave the excuse that they recently had car break-ins and were on high alert.
Karle Robinson, 61, a retired Army vet was finally living his dream — moving to the countryside. He bought a home in Tonganoxie, Kan., and had almost finished a grueling 12-hour move back in August, in the early hours of the morning, when police showed up, shined flashlights, and asked him to prove he lived there and cuffed him.
Welcome to the neighborhood.
Despite her experience, politician Sheila Stubbs exchanged numbers with the officer, offering to help the police with race relations in other neighborhoods.
Sheila Stubbs was canvassing a predominantly white neighborhood in her jurisdiction of Madison, Wisc., when the police showed up to question her. They asked how Stubbs knew what houses to approach, and for her materials, which she provided. Then police apologized, saying, "I'm sorry this happened to you."
Is American Airlines still at it?
"This is my grandson. We're on the way home from church to my house," Paulette Barr pleaded with officers.
Driving home from church is dangerous in Wauwatosa, Wisc., if you're a Black teen in a car with your grandmother who happens to be white, and police think you're robbing her.
"You're not a physician or any s--- like that tonight," an NYPD supervisor told Dr. Clyde Pemberton.
Dr. Clyde Pemberton, a Black restaurant owner and retired psychiatrist in Harlem, sued the NYPD for his arrest after he helped an unconscious white woman in his restaurant.
When Pemberton tried to tell the white supervisor from the 28th precinct that he was a doctor, the officer interrupted him:
"You're not a physician or any s--- like that tonight," Pemberton recalled.
The federal lawsuit is claiming a #WhileBlack moment— removal of the right to be a professional and business owner.
Attiyya Barrett, the group's leader, said there were "white girls unattended and playing with items, and they were not asked to leave."
An employee at the Jenkinson's Aquarium gift shop on the Jersey Shore, who told a group of young Black girls to leave, is now out of a job.
"I actually lifted my shirt just a little bit, just to expose my belly," Sherell Bates said.
UPDATE: Aug. 16, 2018
Staples has fired a store manager who falsely accused, Sherell Bates, currently 34-weeks pregnant with twins, of stealing from a Pineville, N.C., store by hiding merchandise under her shirt.
The manager, whose name has not been released, asked a police officer present in the store to question Bates.
Staples conducted "a full investigation into the matter, and determined that the manager in question did not follow correct protocol, and also failed to adhere to our existing policy on how to interact with our customers," the company said, in a email to WSOC.
Sherell Bates went shopping at a Staples store in Pineville, N.C., to buy school supplies for her children, and she was humiliated. A store manager racially profiled Bates, believing she may have been "concealing merchandise" under her shirt — she is pregnant with twins.
"Becky privilege" didn't work in this South Carolina driver's favor.
Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw was driving while intoxicated in Bluffton, S.C., and ran a stop sign at 60 miles per hour. When officers stopped Cutshaw, she thought her white privilege would earn her a pass, but it didn't.
The 32-year-old told officers she's a "very clean, thoroughbred, white girl." And, when police asked what that had to do with anything, she said, "You're a cop, you should know what that means," the Bluffton Police Department's report said, according to The Island Packet.
Cutshaw said she only had two glasses of wine, to celebrate her birthday, before driving (she had a .18 percent blood alcohol level). And, other reasons she said shouldn't be arrested include her perfect grades, the fact was a cheerleader and sorority girl, and her partner is a cop.
"Making statements such as these as a means to justify not being arrested are unusual in my experience as a law enforcement officer and I believe further demonstrate the suspect's level of intoxication," the report states. But drunk driving was only one of the charges issued against Cutshaw early Saturday morning.
She was also arrested on charges of speeding, disregarding a stop sign, simple possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia, the New York Post reports.
When Cutshaw told the officers, "You're a cop, you should know what that means," she insinuated that white people, or more specifically, white women, could be excused for breaking the law, in this case traffic violations.
And she wasn't far from the truth.
Black and Latino drivers are more likely to be arrested during traffic stops.
The Stanford Open Policing Project analyzes the rates at which police stop motorists in locations across the country.
"After accounting for age, gender, and location, we find that officers ticket, search, and arrest Black and Hispanic drivers more often than whites," the report states. "For example, when pulled over for speeding, Black drivers are 20 percent more likely to get a ticket (rather than a warning) than white drivers, and Hispanic drivers are 30 percent more likely to be ticketed than white drivers."
Bluffton Police Department officers actually searched Cutshaw's car, which is not the usual as "Black and Hispanic motorists are about twice as likely to be searched compared to white drivers," according to Stanford researchers.
They also documented that discrimination plays a role in vehicle searches:
"In our data, the success rate of searches (or the hit rate) is generally lower for Hispanic drivers compared to whites; so the outcome test indicates Hispanics face discrimination."
"This week, new data released concurs with the Stanford researchers' findings."
An analysis of more than 20 million stops in North Carolina since 2002 found Blacks are 95 percent more likely to be pulled over than whites and 115 percent more likely to be searched after being stopped. The research is included in a newly published book called, "Suspect Citizens."
Cutshaw happens to be in the minority of white traffic violators who've received a ticket, had her car searched and got arrested.
"I blame the Safeway employees and for them to do something like that to me is just hurtful and shameful," said California resident Erika Martin. "I am not going back to that Safeway ever."