Macy’s dirty little secret — racial profiling — is front and center as yet another lawsuit is filed. Turkish immigrant Ayla Gursoy said she was detained and arrested while shopping at the retailer’s flagship Herald Square store. The lawsuit alleges Macy’s security guards had a quota of five “arrests” per week and store security personnel identified nonwhite shoppers using different codes, the NY Daily News reports.
African-American men were referred to as “10-90s” and black women as “10-91s” among store security personnel, a Turkish immigrant charged in court papers after her 2010 arrest. The demeaning code was created by Macy’s “to facilitate its targeting of Middle Eastern, African-American/black and other nonwhite shoppers,” the suit charged.
Plaintiff Ayla Gursoy, who is Muslim, said she was detained and arrested while shopping in the Herald Square store on Sept. 18, 2010. Charges were later dismissed.
In a partial deposition provided by her attorney, store detective Brenda Howard acknowledged five “arrests” per week was the target for security workers, according to the suit. Howard couldn’t be reached Tuesday. The attorney did not provide the full deposition. Source: NY Daily News
Not only do we have to worry about the NYPD’s controversial ‘stop-and-frisk‘ program. We now have to worry about the ‘shop-and-frisk‘ program now going on in New York City. I suspect that this practice is also occurring in their stores in other cities such as Atlanta. Trainer Art Palmer and ‘Treme‘ star Rob Brown have also filed complaints against Macy’s for racial profiling.