Woman Racially Profiled At Canadian Old Navy…Employee’s Already Been Fired

June 13, 2019  |  

Mixed race woman choosing new clothes in the clothing store

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Americans like to believe they have a corner on racism. But when you transverse the world with Black skin, it can pop up anywhere, at any time. That’s what Lisa Calderon found when she was shopping at an Old Navy in Toronto, Canada.

Calderon shared her experience at the Square One Shopping Centre on her Facebook page. As she describes Calderon walked into Old Navy to exchange a top she had already purchased. But she said she felt uncomfortable so she left the store without doing so. She was wearing the shirt she was going to exchange and it still had the tag on it.

After she left Old Navy, she went to another store looking for shoes. That’s when another staff member named Stephanie approached her. Stephanie accused Calderon of stealing the top. She claimed that camera caught her stealing. When she asked Calderon to produce her receipt and she refused, she grabbed her, with security watching the whole thing take place. Eventually, Calerdon went back into the store and the manager on duty at Old Navy apologized for Stephanie’s error.

You can watch the tense interactions in the videos Calderon shared on Facebook below.

When Calderon initially shared the videos, she said:

“Guys I cried cause I never thought in a million years this would happen to me. I would’ve been more calm and understanding if she didn’t accuse me first, and would’ve been happy to show my receipt, especially because I voiced my racial profile complaint to the employee before I left the store. This needs to stop, Stephanie had no Right to aggressively lay her hands on me and accuse me of stealing a $13 dollar top, had she not have done that this situation would’ve ended quietly.”

The internet moved swiftly. The next day, Old Navy said they would be investigating the incident. And the day after that, Old Navy Canada announced that Stephanie was no longer with the company.

Proving once again, that it generally pays to mind your business.

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