On December 9, 2017, I went to the Family Dollar Store, located at 450 North Broad Street looking for light bulbs. I looked at the bulbs and did not see what I wanted. As I left the store I was confronted by the Store Manager and was told that Security instructed her to detain me on suspicion of stealing. While in the store (less than 2 minutes) I DID NOT TOUCH ANY ITEM IN THE STORE. She said if I walked away they were going to call the police.
Once again I want to reiterate that I DID NOT TOUCH ANYTHING IN THE STORE!!!
I asked to see the “security” person who was accusing me of something I obviously did not do. I was refused that request. I thought that facing your accuser was the least that I had a right to ask. I just wanted to know what led this “security” person to ascertain that I did anything wrong. It was snowing so I was wearing my coat and a hood. Was the fact that I’m African-American and wearing a hood the reason I was stopped? I’m 60 years old with a college degree and a job. Do I believe I was profiled? DEFINITELY!!!
I have filed a complaint with Family Dollar requesting a written explanation why I was singled out and stopped, questioned, denied my right to leave under threat of calling the police for something I DID NOT DO.
I’m still awaiting my written explanation and a formal written apology from this company.
Jesse Lewis, Jr.
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