- Target has fired an employee after a 20-year-old woman was falsely accused of shoplifting a bikini.
- The woman, Ashonae Davis, and her attorney say she was handcuffed, forced to do a “walk of shame” through the Target store, and then made to pull up her shirt and pull down her pants in front of two male loss-prevention officers.
- Davis’ attorney says Davis was racially profiled.
- “We want everyone who shops at Target to feel welcomed and respected and take any allegations of mistreatment seriously,” the company said in a statement to a local news station.
A 20-year-old woman says she is planning to sue Target after being falsely accused of shoplifting at the retailer.
The woman, Ashonae Davis, was accused of stealing a bikini late last month at a Target location in Southfield, Michigan, the local news station WJBK reported.
Davis and Jasmine Rand, a civil-rights attorney representing her, said she was attempting to leave the store when a loss-prevention officer grabbed her arm and a second officer handcuffed her.
Rand said that Davis was forced to walk backwards through the store while handcuffed in a “walk of shame” and that an officer yelled loudly that Davis was stealing swimwear underneath her clothing.
They said that in the loss-prevention office Davis was forced to pull up her shirt and pull down her pants to show she hadn’t stolen anything, and that while a female manager was called over to help, the two male officers never left the room.
“I was so scared,” Davis told WJBK. “I never had anything close or near like that happen to me.”
Rand said in a press conference that she believed Davis was racially profiled.
Target said in a statement to WJBK that it had fired an employee who was “directly involved” in the situation.
“We want everyone who shops at Target to feel welcomed and respected and take any allegations of mistreatment seriously,” the company said.
The statement continued: “We’re sorry for the actions of our former team member, who created an experience we don’t want any guest to have at Target. Upon reviewing our team’s actions, we terminated the team member who was directly involved and are addressing the situation with the security team at the store.”
It’s not the first time Target has come under fire for a “walk of shame.” In 2015, more than half a dozen employees told Business Insider that the retailer had a practice of parading workers through stores in handcuffs to discourage theft and other infractions. Target said there was not and never had been such a policy or practice.
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