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Asked To Leave The Store For Shopping
Posted by Deniwill on 04/06/2008
POUGHKEEPSIE, NEW YORK -- Today I was at the Poughkeepsie Galleria in Poughkeepsie, New York with my two teenage daughters. My daughters love Ed Hardy, and after noticing a t-shirt in the window of AAO we went in to look. As the girls looked around, I noticed the Ed Hardy shirts next to the register. I lightly touched the shirt as I examined the screen on the front. The gentleman behind the counter asked me if I needed help, I stated no I was just looking, he then stated "We are very sensitive about ED HARDY shirts, someone just tried to steal one, I will have someone help you." I stated I just was looking but if that was necessary by all means call the sales associate, when she came over I pointed to several different items that she could show me, (oh joy a personal shopper!) He said no this is our policy you can't touch the clothes and I asked where was this policy written, and at the point he replied loudly "IT'S OUR POLICY YOU CAN LEAVE NOW" Never before have I been asked to leave a store. This was an absolutely embarrassing and degrading experience in front of my children. I am pursuing this matter with the Galleria and the company.

I believe this is only the policy when African Americans are in the store, as a professional woman with strong relationships in my community, I am asking all people to go into AGAINST ALL ODDS and their outlet store AAO and please, please touch the merchandise and let me know what you are told.
     
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Posted by tander on 2008-04-06:
"skaking my head" Why do you assume just because you are African American that it is a racial thing? I believe they just don't want anyone touching the shirts. I get so sick of the "woe is me" just because your colored. Get off your high horse and quit thinking your color matters to people because it DON'T!
Posted by yoke on 2008-04-07:
I felt for you until you made it a race issue.
Posted by MRM on 2008-04-07:
"Deniwill" is a racist because he/she assumed that the store is a racist. There is no concrete evidence to support your claim that the store has discriminated against you due to the color of your skin.
Posted by Principissa on 2008-04-07:
I agree with yoke. You had me up until you played the race card. I'm a white stay at home mom and I too have been asked not to touch merchandise in the store. I just took my business elsewhere, not only did I find the exact item I was looking for (Marilyn Monroe shirt for my sister), but I was able to feel the fabric, and got it for 3.00 less. I can guarantee they do it for everyone, not just you.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-04-07:
ROFLMAO...I cannot remember the last time I saw "colored" used as a reference to African-Americans! It added a nostalgic, rural Mississippi feel. Oh well...

The poster did not mention her race until the end of the post. But, I am glad it was mentioned. I am puzzled why the person at the counter did not help the shopper instead of 'getting someone'. Obviously, the priceless Ed Hardy T-SHIRTS were in the line of sight of the counter person and he could have watched for any attempted theft rather than making a scene. Unfortunately, racism is very real...and many stores have an unwritten policy to watch 'them' (non-whites) carefully because 'we all know they will steal'. It was an Ed Hardy T-SHIRT, not a Rolex watch. Wait a few years, they'll be in thrift shops everywhere. Shop elsewhere, poster. I get the feeling that the joint probably sells designer bedsheets, with pre-cut eyeholes.
Posted by Starlord on 2008-04-07:
I must agree, the poster had me until she threw the race card. I agree with Ghost that, unfortunately, racism is still with us, but one must also recognize that there is racism on both sides of the aisle. Look at Obama's statement that his white grandmother was a typical white person. What is a typical white person? Just as it has been pointed out, not all black people think and act en bloc, neither do all white people. If this was indeed an example of racism on the part of the store people, then it is really bad. If it wasn't, however, and the poster is one of the people who says that if you are white, then you are racist, that is really bad also. Either way, the color of your skin is of little import, but the content of your character is of supreme importance.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2008-04-07:
Ed Hardy's work is looked at as "art work" and if you would notice, art is usually handled with GLOVED hands to prevent natural oils from the hand from getting on the art piece. Although I don't consider graffiti as artwork, I know others do...What would they do if someone wanted to try the shirt on?
Posted by old fart on 2008-04-07:
This will absolutely show everyone on the site just how out of touch I am with the current fashion and/or "art" crazes, but who the h3ll is Ed Hardy, where did he come from and how does a shirt become a piece of "art"...?
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2008-04-07:
I don't think so Old F...but that's the way it's being treated...Google Ed Hardy and you will see. As I said, I never considered Graffiti as art.
Seeing graffiti as a piece of art is the exact same thing as hearing Rap as music.
Posted by old fart on 2008-04-07:
This just proves what I've said for many years Basher, and that is there are a whole lot of people out there who have "more money than have brains"...
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2008-04-07:
Yeah..must be nice...LOL!
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-04-07:
Again, read the post. The counter-person did not state the reason NOT to touch the t-shirt (!!!) was because it may become soiled or marked with skin oils. The stated reason was fear of theft. If these t-shirts (!!!) are so valuable, why doesn't the store keep them in a locked case? That would avoid publicly embarrassing shoppers of ANY race.
Posted by old fart on 2008-04-07:
I just googled Ed Hardy....WHAT DRECK... a tattoo artist gone insane...
Posted by old fart on 2008-04-07:
I bet if I wore one of those T-shirts, all the little old ladies in my neighborhood would just fall all over me, and when I went to the mall, all the teenie-boppers would be drooling over my bod....
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-04-07:
.... and your wife would kill you for spending so much money on a lousy T-shirt. LOL
Posted by old fart on 2008-04-07:
I'm afraid to guess how much one of those T-shirts cost..!
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-04-07:
Yep, a fashion t-shirt will show what good taste you have. Until I Googled 'Ed Hardy', I thought he was one of those teenage boys in those "Hardy Boys" mysteries I loved 45 years ago. But then, I once had Andy Warhol posters in my room...over my stereo rack built of cement blocks and 2x8s. LOL!
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-04-07:
LOL! The Hardy Boys were Frank & Joe, I think the father's name was Fenton. I loved those books!! I also liked the television series with Shawn Cassidy & Parker Stevenson. I don't remember an Ed Hardy in the books. I don't think Frank & Joe would be seen dead in an Ed Hardy t-shirt, LOL.
Posted by old fart on 2008-04-07:
I missed all the fun... I was wearing three piece suits and button-down collars in the early 60's..
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-04-07:
Or, was I thinking of Eddie Haskell. I can picture Wally and 'the Beav' in an Ed Hardy t-shirt..."You just wait 'til your father gets home." Anyway, my Warhol posters were only a buck a piece. How much is a Ed Hardy 'wearable work of art'?
Posted by yoke on 2008-04-07:
Since we are only getting one side of the story it is possible the op was asked not to touch the clothes because she also was eating at the same time and the clerk did not want the clothes to be soiled? Who wants to buy clothes that have food stains on them.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-04-07:
yoke...Jeez bubba, it is also 'possible' that the poster was painting her nails, dabbing at a runny nose, or that monkeys were flying out of her rear end. Sometimes, people who come to m3c with legitimate complaints. Isn't that also 'possible'?
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