Trayon Christian isn’t the only black shopper in NYC going after the luxury retailer and NYPD. Kayla Phillips, 21 and a nursing student from Canarsie, says she was stopped by four plainclothes cops after using her debit card to purchase a $2,500 orange Céline bag in February.
In an interview with the New York Daily News, Phillips said everything went fine with her purchase. She used her temporary Bank of America debit card and walked out of the Madison Avenue store with the coveted bag. Three blocks later she was surrounded by cops.
“There were three men and a woman,” she recalled. “Two of them attacked me and pushed me against a wall, and the other two appeared in front of me, blocking the turnstile.”
“They were very rough,” said Phillips. “They kept asking me what I bought and saying, ‘Show us your card.’ I didn’t know what was happening.” To Phillips advantage, she had her Bank of America letter in her purse that came with her temporary card and showed it to the officers.
In a similar fashion to Christian’s story, Phillips was asked to give her life story. Where did she get the money to buy the bag? What was she doing in Manhattan? The cop even questioned Phillips about the Chanel bag she was already using.
Yesterday, Barneys released a statement about the Christian incident via Twitter, stating they had nothing to do with his arrest. “It is clear that no employee of Barneys New York was involved in the pursuit of any action with the individual other than the sale . . . . We are very sorry that any customer of our store would have this experience,” the statement read.
Phillip’s mother, Wendy Elie, was told by Barneys security guards the store has law enforcement on patrol inside the store — part of an NYPD fraud task force. A New York Daily News source confirmed that it was true. The NYPD said there were 53 grand larceny complaints for credit card fraud at the Madison Ave. store and more than 47 arrests.
Makes you wonder what the racial breakdown of those arrests were. And how many of them were actual employees.
Phillips has filed a $5 million notice of claim with the city of her intention to sue the NYPD.
And to the people with the cheap seats at Metlife Stadium (Nikkoli won for best comment yesterday), if you hadn’t learned from yesterday’s story about Christian, here’s a rundown:
A) It’s her money to do what she wants to do with it
B) It’s her money to do what she wants to do with it
C)It’s her money to do what she wants to do with it.
D) All of the above.