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.

“Mr. Christian was held in police custody for approximately 42 minutes and as soon as we determined that the card was authentic, he was immediately released,” Inspector Kim Royster told the NY Daily News.

Christian was first inspired to buy the accessory by Harlem rapper and Ferragamo enthusiast Juelz Santana. He has since returned it out of disgust, and is now suing both Barneys and the NYPD for unspecified damages.

A spokesperson told the website Stylite regarding the lawsuit: “Barneys New York typically does not comment on pending litigation. In this instance, we feel compelled to note that after carefully reviewing the incident of last April, it is clear that no employee of Barneys New York was involved in the pursuit of any action with the individual other than the sale. Barneys New York has zero tolerance for any form of discrimination and we stand by our long history in support of all human rights.”

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21 thoughts on “Black Teen Sues Barneys after ‘Shop and Frisk’ Arrest

  1. Jiggy5 on said:

    Life is all about statistics. Statistically, per capita, blacks shoplift at 3 times the rate of any other race. We are our own worst enemies.

  2. Jiggy5 on said:

    It looks like he lives in a run down apartment, is wearing cammo, and buys a $349 belt. Come on Peeps something don’t add up.

  3. nomansland on said:

    Well, we can thank black scammers and white racists alike because they seem to be in cahoots to make lives for honest Blacks hell!!!

  4. While in college in Atlanta, I too was discriminated against when an old white saleswomen followed me around Casual Corner. I was looking for a suit for a job interview at a college career fair. I had the credit card with no limit that my mother gave me. She even called security and told him that she didn’t want me and my friends in the store anymore. We were the only young people in the store, who happened to be the only black people in the store. It may have been just that we were young, but I doubt it. It was my first experience with “ism”. I told EVERYONE that I have encountered, I’m glad they don’t exist anymore…I’d like to think it was me who put them out of business.

  5. mrsnette on said:

    I think you all miss the point with your questions about why he chose to spend his money on that particular item. While I agree it’s not a smart purchase, obviously it is what he wanted to do with the money (I am assuming) he honestly earned. I too have bought frivilous purchases before I had a family to support. I bought the $100 perfumes, $300 shoes and the $1200 handbags because at that time, I wanted to spend MY money on those items.

    I soon came to realize that those purchases were not what made me and in time he shall too.

    My issue is that he was detained at all. He didn’t steal the belt and if the card was stolen, they would have tracked the purchase back to the store and on to the young man anyways. I don’t know that the store didn’t alert the police and if they had, without reasonable cause other than he used a card (probably debit or secured credit) then they too should be responsible for targeting and/or discriminating just as the cops who arrested him without due cause should be.

  6. What we really need to do is stop trying to buy acceptance, 349$ for a belt? What happened to this young man is wrong and hopefully now he sees that these products are not made with us in mind. I am happy that he returned the belt but he really should take that money and put it towards college or career training it would be better spent that way. We as parents have to teach our children the value of a dollar and the harsh realities of living in America.

  7. I don’t blame the guy for returning the belt and suing them. What I don’t get is why he paid $349 for a belt to begin with. SOME of our priorities are so warped. But I don’t totally blame the kid because apparently he hasn’t been taught about not getting wrapped up in material things. Lots of young people are this way, and it’s a sad state of affairs that (overall) (some of us) aren’t teaching our kids the value of saving money, and investing. Believe me bro…….no one but (2) of your friends know anything about the belt you bought; the rest of us don’t care (about the belt because it really doesn’t have any important value). STOP THE OVER THE TOP CONSUMERISM

  8. What I’m glad about is the young man returned the belt. As for Barney’s saying that none of their employees were involved, that’s nonsense. How else would the police have gotten involved. Someone had to have said something. I really hate when people think we are stupid enough to believe BS just cause they say it. This young man should sue. Barney’s and the NYPD were wrong and they should have to pay for that…

  9. If you’ve never been followed around a story, had 2-3 sales people check your money, then call the manager……you just won’t get it.

    • the Timekeeper on said:

      You are correct, Linda. Unfortunatley so many “Have Not” ever had this done to them which is why there is such a huge disconnect. Some peole simply believe that becuase it didnt happen to them, it doesnt happen to anybody. Wrong!

    • Jiggy5 on said:

      I have never been followed, but I also have never shoplifted in my life, not even a stick of gum. How many on this site can honestly say that?

      • I said it. on said:

        With all of the s h i t that comes out of your mouth, you probably could’ve used that stick of Spearmint. Too bad you can’t shoplift a fwe therapy sessions. I am a LPC. I’ll donate a few sessions.

  10. Wildflower on said:

    White people are obsessed with blacks. They want so bad to be a part of their lives that they will go to any lengthens. I think if blacks just give them a little attention they may go away but I doubt they’re like stalkers or something. We understand, I wouldn’t want to be you either.

    • Jiggy5 on said:

      I am a black man and I married an intelligent and attractive white woman, because I want no part of shigiddy azz black women like you.

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  12. Sexy Leroy on said:

    Now, THIS sounds like a legitimate suit! Good on this young man for having his shiggedy together in order to be able to pay for such a purchase; dumb on him for paying that much for a belt!

  13. FIFTY AND PHUNE on said:

    Jiggy is playing the race card because he can’t handle the truth and have nothing else to say so they throw it back at you to make you feel guilty about bringing a racial incident up.

  14. I said it. on said:

    Idiot, party of ONE, your table is ready.
    You are so stuck in the Dark Ages, you probably think Ferragamo was the other black guy with him.
    I’m sure this year for Halloween, you’re going as an asshole. Atleast, you don’t have to spring for the costume.

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