2nd 'Shopping While Black' Claim Surfaces

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One day after the Barneys belt scandal hit the press, another young black shopper has come out alleging that Barneys had her accosted and detained until she could prove that she could afford an expensive purse.


Earlier this year, Kayla Phillips, a 21-year-old nursing student from Brooklyn, N.Y., decided to splurge on a $2,500 orange suede Celine bag from the Manhattan department store after receiving her tax return. She got the bag and was only three blocks away when, she alleges, four plain-clothes officers swarmed in, demanding that she explain her purchase, the Daily News reports.

"They were very rough," said Phillips, who has filed a $5 million notice of claim with the city of her intention to sue the New York City Police Department. "They kept asking me what I bought and saying, 'Show us your card.' I didn't know what was happening," the Daily News reports.

This comes a day after news broke that Trayon Christian, 19, alleged that he was arrested and held for two hours after he purchased a $349 Salvatore Ferragamo belt at Barneys. Since his arrest, Christian has filed a lawsuit against Barneys and the NYPD, the Huffington Post reports.

Barneys New York posted a response on its Facebook page stating, "No employee of Barneys New York was involved in the pursuit of any action with the individual other than the sale. Barneys New York has zero tolerance for any form of discrimination, and we stand by our long history in support of all human rights."

Read more at the Daily News.