Sherell Bates, a black woman pregnant with twins was wrongfully accused of shoplifting from Staples. Bates, who was back to school shopping, said she was approached by a police officer, mid-transaction who questioned her about what was under her shirt. “Initially, I thought he was joking, so my response was, ‘Twins,’” Bates told WSOC-TV. “I’m 34 weeks with twins. I’m having a boy and a girl.”
The officer did not stop there and Bates lifted up her shirt up bit to prove herself. “At that point, to avoid him asking me again, I actually lifted my shirt just a little bit, just to expose my belly, so he could see that I’m just a regular pregnant person buying school supplies,” she said.
After the incident, Staples released the below statement:
“Yesterday at our Pineville location, while a customer was shopping, a manager mistakenly thought they were possibly shoplifting and asked a police officer that happened to be in the store to talk with the customer—-After a quick conversation, the issue was resolved, the manager apologized to the customer and refunded their transaction due to the inconvenience. At Staples, we want all customers to feel welcome in our store, and work with our store associates to try and foster an inclusive culture. As an organization, we would like to apologize to the customer if that was not the case in this instance.”
source – nydailynews, bet