A Few Bad Apples at the Apple Store

A Few Bad Apples at the Apple Store

Two Black males are suing the Apple store for being inappropriately confronted.

Published May 26, 2011

Two Black men are calling out, through a lawsuit, a New York City Apple store for discrimination.

 

According to appleinsider.com, Brian Johnston and Nile Charles, both Black men in their early 30s and mid 20s respectively, were confronted by a white Apple employee.

 

The lawsuit claims that the two entered the store with “baggy jeans and large sweaters with hoods.” It was then, in their attempt to buy headphones, that a 6-foot-2 and 225 pound man approached them and said, “You know the deal. You know the deal.”

 

The plaintiffs claim that they were approached in an “intimidating fashion” in which their “personal space” was invaded.

 

The two did not have a chance to respond after they were told they must leave the store unless they planned to make a purchase or see a Mac specialist. Almost immediately after this statement the Apple employee told them that because of their race, they were not welcome there.

 

"And before you say I'm racially discriminating against you, let me stop you. I am discriminating against you,” the lawsuit claims the employee said, according to appleinsider.com . "I don't want 'your kind' hanging out in the store," allegedly the employee continued.

 

The plaintiffs reportedly used their cell phones to try to capture the incident, and then they were confronted by another Apple employee.

 

"Now you have to go," one of the employees is claimed in the lawsuit to have said. "If you want to know why, it's because I said so. CONSIDER ME GOD. You have to go."

 

The two men claim that they were “shocked and humiliated.”

 

(Photo: Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

Written by Danielle Wright

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