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Black Customer Gets Accused Of Stealing His Own Jacket, So He Makes Them Regret It
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Black Customer Gets Accused Of Stealing His Own Jacket, So He Makes Them Regret It

First impressions are often wrong, and in this case, it was also humiliating. 29-year-old James Conley III has shared a series of videos, showing a West Des Moines Old Navy employee accusing him of stealing a jacket. “I was accused that I didn’t pay for my blue bubble jacket that I got for Christmas that I wore into the store,” he wrote.

Conley’s story has attracted the interest of the entire county, accumulating over 113K reactions and 150K shares on Facebook. The man plans to file a civil rights complaint and then a civil damages lawsuit. He claimed that the nationwide reaction to his Facebook post helped him realize how huge and widespread of an issue racial profiling is.

Scroll down to read what James and Old Navy itself have to say about the incident.

More info: Facebook

James Conley, a regular customer of Old Navy has just had a shopping experience he will probably never forget

Leaving the shop, James couldn’t believe what just happened

Soon after, Old Navy (owned by Gap Inc.) released a statement about the situation

Regardless, James plans to file a civil rights complaint and then a civil damages lawsuit. What’s your take on the incident? Let us know in the comments below!

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Danielle Irene
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So glad he recorded this nonsense and got the names as faces of those people. They're pathetic and he truly kept his cool through it all. An amazing reaction given the situation he was put in.

Capt. Spastic
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He was great! Keeping his composure the way he did, magnifies the absurdity of the situation.

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Megan Flanagan
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

After 16 years of being in retail, all colors, genders and ages steal.

Lisa Zehr
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is true, but young black males are profiled. There is absolutely no doubt about that.

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Jacki Davis
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am white and I am old. I have seen a lot of inappropriate behavior. I support his plan to sue and file. Don't most garments, including coats, have metal bits attached that set off an alarm when one tries to leave the store? Either wait until the child walks through the alarm or check the place on the coat where the metal thing is attached. And if it isn't there and there is no hole making it obvious the metal was torn out, then offer a major apology and a gift card. I've always understood that a person cannot be charged with shoplifting until leaving the store. Is that no longer true? Sorry this happened to you, young man.

Andy Taylor
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As well, he was NOT OBSERVED taking the jacket, as he obviously didn't. That makes it a racially motivated hate crime.

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Danielle Irene
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So glad he recorded this nonsense and got the names as faces of those people. They're pathetic and he truly kept his cool through it all. An amazing reaction given the situation he was put in.

Capt. Spastic
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He was great! Keeping his composure the way he did, magnifies the absurdity of the situation.

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Megan Flanagan
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

After 16 years of being in retail, all colors, genders and ages steal.

Lisa Zehr
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is true, but young black males are profiled. There is absolutely no doubt about that.

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Jacki Davis
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am white and I am old. I have seen a lot of inappropriate behavior. I support his plan to sue and file. Don't most garments, including coats, have metal bits attached that set off an alarm when one tries to leave the store? Either wait until the child walks through the alarm or check the place on the coat where the metal thing is attached. And if it isn't there and there is no hole making it obvious the metal was torn out, then offer a major apology and a gift card. I've always understood that a person cannot be charged with shoplifting until leaving the store. Is that no longer true? Sorry this happened to you, young man.

Andy Taylor
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As well, he was NOT OBSERVED taking the jacket, as he obviously didn't. That makes it a racially motivated hate crime.

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