Barneys workers reveal rampant racism at store
The story of a young black college student arrested at Barneys in New York, accused of shoplifting a belt he had bought, garnered enough media focus to even pull Jay-Zinto the picture (albeit reluctantly). Now a host of discrimination suits from ill-treated black shoppers have been brought against Barneys and other major department stores including Macy's, and the New York Attorney General is investigating store policies.
Barneys workers have also begun speaking out (anonymously so as to avoid retribution), claiming that racist treatment of customers is rampant and systematic among shop workers and security guards at the elite department store.
One former Barneys employee, who is black,told HuffPo, "If a black person comes in with a sweatshirt or sneakers, some of the white sales associates would be on the floor saying: 'Why are they even here? They're probably going to scam.'"