Video: Apple Store Accused of Racial Profiling
A group of Black Melbourne teenagers who were told to leave an Apple store are accusing the company of racial profiling.
Video of the interaction between a Highpoint Apple store staff member and a group of students was uploaded to Facebook earlier this week.
The six students, who attend Maribyrnong College, were denied entry to the store by a staff member and two security guards because they “might steal something.”
“These guys [security guards] are just a bit worried about your presence in our store. They’re worried you might steal something,” the staff member can be heard telling the students in the video.
“Why would we steal something?” A member of the group replied.
It wasn’t long before people took to Twitter to criticize the store’s actions.
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Mabior Ater, one of the students ejected from the store, told Fairfax Media that he had been going to the store for quite some time.
“I never though something like this would happen…of course I was offended,” he said.
Ater said the store manager apologized after the principal accompanied them back to the store.
“[The manager] apologized to us and told us that we are welcome here anytime,” he said. “It feels like we have justice now.”
Watch the ridiculous exchange below.