Barneys is being sued by an African American student from Queens who was detained following a large-item purchase – for no other reason than the color of his skin, he claims.
In April, 19-year-old Trayton Christian was arrested after buying a $349 Salvatore Ferragamo belt at the store. After completing the purchase with his debit card (and having to show ID), he left the store and was stopped less than a block away by undercover officers who grabbed him and demanded how he could afford the designer item. Apparently the clerk had suspected the purchase was fraudulent and called the cops after Christian left the store.
He was put in handcuffs and taken to the 19th Precinct stationhouse, then let go two hours later only after the cops called Chase bank to verify his purchase.
Barneys has declined to comment, and the police missed the point entirely in their comment, defending the length of time Christian was in custody, and not the reason he was detained in the first place.