Being singled out in public can be uncomfortable, having a wrong first impression can be humiliating. Especially when it is racist. 29-year-old James Conley III shared a number of videos showing Old Navy employees being racist. The Old Navy in West Des Moines had its employees accusing Conley of stealing a jacket.
The story has attracted the interest of the entire country, gaining about 113k reactions and about 150k shares on Facebook. His story has opened the eyes of many, and he’s realized how big of an issue racial profiling truly is.
James started his story, saying, “Today I was racially profiled by the Old Navy store in West Des Moines, Iowa in Jordan Creek. I was accused that I didn’t pay for my blue bubble jacket that I got for Christmas that I wore into the store. As I was checking out to purchase some hoodies, I was asked if I wanted to also purchase the jacket that I was wearing.”
He continued, saying, “First I started laughing because I didn’t believe what I was hearing. The store manager Beau Carter was very unprofessional and stereotyped me because I was a Black male.” Allegedly, Conley was told that anytime someone wears Old Navy clothing they have to always scan that customer’s clothing to ensure that it was previously purchased.
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