When are they going to learn that racism is OVER?
The fashion-forward teen, who lives with his mom in Corona, Queens, is studying engineering at the New York City College of Technology, where he had a work-study job.
Christian said his paycheck had just been direct deposited into his Chase bank account, so he went straight to Barneys on the afternoon of April 29 to buy the pricey Ferragamo belt with a silver buckle and a reversible black and white strap.
“I knew exactly what I wanted,” Christian said. He’d seen the belt on a lot of his favorite celebrities, including rapper Juelz Santana.
He said he’d browsed the ritzy rags at Barneys before but had never bought anything at the store.
“It was a quick trip. I gave them my debit card, I signed my name,” he said.
According to his lawsuit, the clerk asked Christian to show his ID, which he did.
“I showed my state ID,” he told The News.
The clerk didn’t react as he signed for his purchase and left, he said.
But he got no more than a block from the store when two undercover NYPD detectives stopped him near E. 60th St., the lawsuit said.
“They said my card wasn’t real, it was fake. They said someone at Barneys called to report it,” said Christian.
He didn't shoplift the belt or rob the store, and his card authorization went through, but there was NO FUCKING WAY this kid was on the up-and-up. Clearly, he had to be up to something. The card HAD to be fake!
(Is that even a thing? Do people actually make counterfeit cards that are able to get approvals from the credit card companies?)
Christian said the cops put him in jail for two hours, but the cops dispute that: "Nuh-uh! We only detained him based solely on the baseless accusation of a racist retailer for 45 minutes!"