Lowe’s is suspending its controversial receipt-checking protocol after a Philadelphia man exposed the racial profiling inherent in the process.
Philadelphia’s WHYY radio station reported that in “high-theft” stores, employees of the nationwide home improvement chain were instructed to check customer’s receipts for proof of purchase. That tactic was at the center of a complaint publicized by black customer Will Mega, who found it odd that receipt-checkers stationed at exits went through all the items he purchased at a West Philadelphia Lowe’s when he’d paid for them mere feet away.
The protocol led Mega to conduct a social experiment: He went to a Lowe’s in Haverford, a Philly suburb about a mile from his home. Upon exit, he asked his cashier if he’d need to have his receipt checked, and she laughed him off.
“We don’t do that here,” the Lowe’s employee reportedly told Mega. “This is the white ‘hood.”
After video of the customer being asked for his receipt in West Philly was publicized by WHYY and a complaint was filed with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, Lowe’s announced that it was suspending the process at all of its 1,800 stores until they could review the controversial loss-prevention tactic.
Mega, however, told WHYY the suspension isn’t good enough — and that he wants to speak with Marvin Ellison, the company’s African-American new CEO.
“I want to talk about some of the serious ways to change the culture, practice and policies for Lowe’s and also some redress for the communities they have racially profiled, targeted and harassed,” he told the radio station.
WHYY’s report noted that last year, two black Lowe’s customers in West Philadelphia were called racial slurs by an employee.
You can watch WHYY’s video of Mega’s racial profiling below:
American Islamic State ‘sniper’ charged in New York: Justice Dept
A naturalized American who was a sniper for the Islamic State group has been charged in New York with material support for a terror group after being captured in Syria and repatriated to the United States, the Justice Department announced Friday.
Kazakhstan-born Ruslan Maratovich Asainov fought for the Islamic State in Syria for five years before he was captured by the Syrian Democratic Forces and handed over to US custody, the department said.
Asainov, 43, was brought back to the United States on Thursday and was to be arraigned Friday afternoon in federal court in Brooklyn.
He fought for IS in Syria from 2013 to 2018 as a sniper and a weapons trainer for other combatants.
WATCH: Employee at Tim Hortons slurs Muslim couple and tells them ‘go back to your own country’
According to a report from Deadline Detroit, a Muslim advocacy group has filed a complaint against a local Tim Horton's location after an employee insulted a Muslim couple and told them to "go back to their own country," followed by a sexist slur.
The report states Alaa Kouider and her husband, Ameur Dhaimini, were purchasing coffee at the local fast food location when they got into an argument with the cashier.
President Bolsonaro says claims of hunger in Brazil ‘a big lie’
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Friday there was no hunger in the country, citing the lack of "poor people in the street with a skeletal physique" as evidence.
Speaking to foreign journalists, Bolsonaro blamed "populists" for propagating "a big lie" that some of Brazil's 209 million people did not have enough to eat.
"There is no hunger," the far-right leader said, noting Brazil "was rich in practically every type of crop".
"You don't see poor people in the street with a skeletal physique like in other countries.
"To say that there is hunger in Brazil is a populist discourse to try to win popular sympathy, nothing more than that."