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Nordstrom Rack’s President Geevy Thomas is issuing an apology to three young men in Missouri who were accused of stealing according to Blavity. Thomas is flying out to Missouri to give an apology in person.

While out shopping for prom, Mekhi Lee, Dirone Taylor, and Eric Rogers II entered the store on May 3 when they noticed store employees were keeping a close eye on them and following them around.

“At that point, we moved to a farther part of the store,” explained Lee. “I felt nervous, and like I couldn’t be there.”

Lee then contacted his mother asking her for advice. She told him to talk to the manager of the store who wouldn’t speak with him or the others. Soon after an older woman in the store called one of the boys a “punk.” She went on to say, “Are your parents proud of you for what you do.”

The woman then proceeded to get into an argument with the boys prompting the manager to get involved.

“When she called us a ‘punk,’ and she didn’t have anything to do with the situation, everyone in the store is against us looking at us crazy, (and) we didn’t do anything,” explained Lee. “I was totally embarrassed, and we’re the only ones defending ourselves against everyone in the store.”

As the situation escalated the boys bought a few items to make a point and exited the store when they were met with police. When police approached them and told them of reports of three men shoplifting at the store. The boys showed them their receipts and the police let them go.

“The police let us (tell) our story,” explained Lee. “The police did their job. They also read us the police report where Nordstrom [Rack] said we had stolen several items.”

Now the boys have questions and want answers about why the cops were called on them.

“The experience these young men went through is not an isolated incident for African-American males in St. Louis or this country,” Adolphus Pruitt, St. Louis NAACP president, said. “Finding a way to prevent incidents like this from happening in the future has to be the mission of all of us … these things do not need to happen.”

After apologizing, Nordstrom Rock released a statement saying, “We did not handle this situation well and we apologized to these young men and their families. We want all customers to feel welcome when they shop with us and we do not tolerate discrimination of any kind.”

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(Source: Blavity)

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19 thoughts on “3 Black Men Are Falsely Accused Of Theft At Nordstrom Rack

  1. Tiana Nonbasic on said:

    There are many Black owned clothing stores, restaurants, gas stations and coffee shops in my city so we do not and should not continue to give these corporations our hard earned money. THAT SIMPLE! Glad these young men made it home alive.

  2. americanize on said:

    That’s why we should support black business don’t spend you’re hard earn money at places that don’t respect you.Black America you have no friends.

  3. What else is new? African American men always be aware/ please don’ts spend YOUR money where it is not RESPECTED!!!!!! YOU are always a Target.

    • Janice on said:

      I agree 100 percent. When you are treated like this at any store, I would not shop there and spend any money. You know what let’s stop the madness and open up our own store with quality clothing, shoes, etc.etc.

      • Mac Daddy on said:

        C’mon man, we ain’t gonna open our oun, because that would mean planning, investing, and hard work. Homey don’t play that

  4. QUEEN on said:

    I AGREE THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE SPENT THEIR MONEY THERE, BUT ACTUALLY IT WAS A SMART MOVE. WHEN THEY WERE APPROACHED BY THE POLICE THEY HAD ITEMS THEY HAD BOUGHT AND HAD THE RECEIPTS. IF THEY DIDNT HAVE THAT THEY PROBABLY WOULD HAVE BEEN ROUGHED UP AND LOCKED UP WITH FALSE CHARGES. NOW THEY SHOULD HAVE THEIR PARENTS TAKE THEM THERE AND RETURN THE ITEMS. IT IS A SHAME WHAT IS GOING ON IN OUR WORLD NOW, WHITE PEOPLE CALLING THE POLICE AND THE POLICE BEHAVING BADLY JUST BECAUSE THEY CAN. JUST SAD. THIS IS WHY WE SHOP WITH OUR TEENS. SPEND YOUR MONEY WISELY.

    • Phoenix Rising on said:

      That’s not the point d*ckhead. Just because some other nitwits stole, doesn’t mean all black men steal and should be subjected to this type of harassment. And from your dumb ass comment, it’s obvious you don’t have a problem with stereotyping or racial profiling. Should I believe all white men have little d*cks, just because yours is no bigger than your thumb?

      • jhuff on said:

        that is the point crack baby the assumption that ALL white people are racist is a commonality on this site as far as a judge of d!ck size seams you’ve have enough of them in every orifice to judge size

  5. Ted Gravely on said:

    Hopefully those boys have an adult in their lives that will march them back to the store and return those items. You know sometimes it isn’t the Corporation- it’s the people that work for the Corporation. Local hires are local hires. I’m not boycotting Nordstrom’s, I would just never go to that Nordstrom’s. Now if Nordstrom’s has a systemic issue like Eddie Bauer years ago, I won’t purchase anything associated with that name. This is getting ridiculous. Now when black entrepreneurs start courting your dollars with slightly higher prices, remember this nonsense. Whatever happened to FUBU? We need our own and when our own stand up – support them!

  6. After the way these three young brotha’s were treated by Nordstrom-I would be damned if I would’ve spent one thin dime in that store.

    If I were these men, I would obtain an attorney and file a LAWSUIT against the bougie store
    just on principal, I.E. DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER/FALSE CLAIM OF THEFT!!!!!!!!

    All folks of COLOR ARE NOT THIEVES/SHOPLIFTERS—profiling US as such should be a CRIME!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Dee White on said:

    And they made a purchase? Gave Nordstrom’s their money to make a point? The only point they made was it’s okay to give a racist establishment your hard earned milne to be treated like dung! No lesson learned for them.

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