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Customer Claims Being Racially Profiled Trying to Make a Return

A Milwaukee man said he was a victim of racial profiling after he tried to return blinds at the Wauwatosa, Wisconsin Home Depot.

After buying blinds for his house, Terrance Westmoreland noticed they were a different shade than he had wanted, so he headed back to The Home Depot, 4100 N. 124th St., on July 24 to exchange them. Westmoreland, who is black, put the boxes in a cart and walked through the store to the blinds section.

With his receipt in his hand, he compared the blinds to find the right shade. Westmoreland then walked to the customer service desk, where he tried to return two boxes and purchase three others. “Before I could even finish, this Caucasian security guard kind of grabbed my arm,” he said.

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He went with the loss prevention officer, expecting an apology once they realized what was going on. Instead, the officer accused him of trying to do an illegal return. “He said I didn’t come into the store with any boxes,” Westmoreland said. Westmoreland suggested they check surveillance video, which would prove his story, but was told they couldn’t access the video footage. That’s when Westmoreland decided to… Journal Sentinel

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