NEW YORK (AP) — Another shopper is accusing Barneys New York of racial profiling.
Kayla Phillips, who is black, says police questioned her after she purchased a $2,500 designer handbag at the high-end department store in February.
She says she came forward after hearing about a lawsuit brought by a black teen who said he was wrongfully detained after buying an expensive belt.
The 21-year-old Phillips says she was surrounded by police after leaving the store. She says they demanded to know why she used a debit card without a name on it.
She says it was a temporary card. After showing them identification and a new debit card that had arrived in the mail that morning, they let her go.
Barneys has denied involvement in any detention. The officers’ role is under internal review.
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