Three employees have been fired from Old Navy for racially profiling a Black man at an Iowa store.
James Conley III shared a image and four videos from Snapchat on his Facebook page Tuesday evening, and said he was accused of stealing the coat that he wore into the West Des Moines store.
“Today I was racially profiled by the Old Navy store in West Des Moines, Iowa in Jordan creek, ” Conley wrote in his post, which has now been shared over 150 K times. “I was accused that I didn’t pay for my blue bubble jacket that I got for Christmas that I wore into the store. As I was checking out to purchase some hoodies, I was asked if I wanted to likewise purchase the coat that I was wearing.”
@OldNavy Beau Carter, administrator of your Jordan Creek location, and Shannon Plagman, along with the other girl reverberating up the jacket need to lose their jobs, regardless of tenure. Racial profiling is unacceptable. GAP, Inc has been sued before for the purposes of our- going for a 2nd? #racist pic.twitter.com/ x0QVYjwOb9
-- Sheena (@ SheenaTheSavage) January 31, 2018
@oldnavy IOWA @ShannonPlagman please advise on such a policy “anytime someone wears Old Navy clothing they have to always scan that customers clothing to insure that it was previously purchased” bc I’ve never experienced this yet a young black human did at your store! #racism
-- Thip (@ TtotheHeyeP) January 31, 2018
@ShannonPlagman so we're hearing that your employees at the Jordan Creek old navy are racially profiling black patrons? And you have knowledge of this incident with James Conley and you haven't said anything wow you sure do a good chore at being in charge lmfao
-- D.Marcel (@ Darius8 9twitt) January 31, 2018
Your employees not one but more than one racially profiled a young black boy. He was humiliated and didn't get an apology. Is this what you are teaching your employees in meetings ??? I won't be shopping at an old navy in Texas, Iowa or any other country for that matter
-- Le'Don Tristan (@ LeDonTristan1) January 31, 2018
If this constructs you mad, like it should, why don’t you go ahead and join me in calling this old navy when it opens at 9 am 🙂 ))) 1-515-267-8071 pic.twitter.com/ An744vsP3N
-- kassidy (@ seinfeldisfunny) January 31, 2018
Old Navy hear "the consumers " loud and clear and released its own statement Saturday morning.
“The situation was a violation of our policies and values, and we apologize to both Mr. Conley and to those we’ve disappointed, ” the statement said. “All of our customers deserve to be treated with respect. Following a thorough investigation of the incident, three employees who were involved have been terminated. We take this matter--and every dialogue around equality -- very seriously.”