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We might want to think twice about picking up those products at the checkout counter, especially if we’re in a certain Houston beauty supply store. Houston couple Deadra Pattum and John Marsden tell KHOU they were charged and strip-searched over $3 earrings they never took.

“The owner said ‘you people always steal,’” says Marsden. “And he said ‘give me the earrings and I call police.’”

(I would’ve lost it with ‘you people.’)

Pattum admits to picking up the earrings but says she put them back. Marsden says they were then forced to stay in the store and ordered to strip. “So I took off my socks and shoes and I took off my pants,” he says. “I was nervous.”

Say what, now?

There is no way in hell I’m undressing for a store manager after I said I didn’t take his cheap ish. And I would’ve left those hair extensions I intended to buy right on the counter.

But the situation becomes even more angering when a security guard showed up, looked at the surveillance video only to say, “She never left the counter with those earrings in her hand. There was no evidence of shoplifting.”

Houston police viewed the same video and found no evidence of stealing.

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  • Bearlikesbones

    I don’t know why people continue to shop at these stores. If people would patronize the few black beauty supplies out there, they’d make more money for more products. If the black stores don’t have it, go to Target/Walmart/Walgreens/Family Dollar/Sally’s duh there are plenty of options. I got tired of being treated like a criminal, but so many of US just take any treatment. Bullsh*t.

  • honeybeemee

    Sue them, then FROM NOW ON STAY OUT OF “THEIR” BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENTS…make your OWN damn beauty supplies…smh

  • honeybeemee

    …And a FURTHER comment…I grew up in South Central Los Angeles where disrespect by a certain group of people that capitalize off the black community is commonplace. Many think that the riots of 1992 were just about the “not guilty” verdict of the policemen that beat Rodney King…the riots were not entirely about them…they were partly about how this certain group of people come into the community, make money off of us, and if they THINK we are stealing, will KILL US or our children, like Latasha Harlins…we must really begin to not patronizing these leeches and cause them to SHUT DOWN…if I can’t make whatever I need at home, or cannot buy from my own people, I learn to do without it…ijs

  • Riyo.Chiasa

    I wish they would have known that they did not have to comply with the store owner’s request for them to strip search.

  • Okay

    Bottomline the black people in the neighborhood need to boycott the stire. They should never receive another black dollar. Nothing else works.