Black Student Accused Of Fraud After Buying $350 Salvatore Ferragamo Belt At Barneys
A black school pupil who had saved up cash from his half-time job to buy a designer belt at Barneys department store was pounced on by police ‘because he could not afford to make such an expensive purchase’, in accordance with a brand new lawsuit.
Trayon Christian, 19, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday for unspecified damages towards the Madison Avenue store and the NYPD who wrongly accused him of fraud.
Mr Christian, who lives with his mom in Queens, had decided to splash out on a $320 belt by designer Salvatore Ferragamo after seeing one of his favorite music stars, Harlem rapper Juelz Santana, sporting the accessory.
Trayon Christian, 19, has introduced a lawsuit towards Barneys and the NYPD after they wrongly accused him of fraud when he purchased a designer belt
Barneys department retailer is going through a lawsuit after a 19-12 months-outdated black scholar claims he was wrongly grabbed by store detectives due to his color and accused of stealing a designer belt
However once he had paid for the belt and had left Barneys on April 29 this yr, the fashion-loving teen was grabbed by undercover officers on the road.
In keeping with the civil rights lawsuit, the 19-yr-previous was requested ‘how a younger black man akin to himself could afford to buy such an expensive belt’.
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Harlem rapper Juelz Santana (pictured proper) sporting the belt coveted by his teenage fan
Mr Christian’s lawyer Michael Palillo informed the new York Every day Information: ‘He’s by no means been arrested.
‘His solely crime was being a young black man buying a $300 belt.’
A Barneys retailer worker had requested the 19-yr-old for ID when he used his Chase debit card to buy the belt. Mr Christian showed the clerk his state ID.
The store cashier then subsequently known as the police to claim that the purchase was a fraud, in response to the lawsuit.
Officers took the teenager, who’s an engineering freshman on the NYC College of Expertise, to a local precinct.
Mr Christian once again confirmed his ID, debit card and receipt for the belt.
Officers nonetheless refused to imagine the teenager.
‘In spite of producing such documentation Christian was instructed that his identification was false and that he could not afford to make such an expensive buy,’ the go well with states.
Finally Chase bank was contacted who verified that the debit card belonged to Mr Christian.
It was only then that he was allowed to go after spending two hours in a holding cell, the suit claims.
The NYPD denied this and stated the pupil was only held for 42 minutes.
The scholar, who has no historical past of arrests, stated that he will never store at Barneys again following the incident.
The teenager, who now works at Goal, instructed the Information: ‘I introduced the belt again to Barneys a number of days later and returned it. I bought my money again, I’m not shopping there again. It’s merciless.