Candy instead of vegies.
Candy instead of vegies.
After this terrible story goes viral, I'm sure Y Beauty may have to find a new strip mall and a new name!
HOUSTON— Deadra Pattum and her fiancé John Marsden have a bone to pick with Y Beauty Supply in southeast Houston.
The couple said they were humiliated inside the store last week when they stopped by to purchase some hair extensions.
“I’m not a thief,” said Pattum.
They said they were over-billed for a pair of $3 earrings they never took.
“I picked them up but I put them back,” said Pattum.
“The owner said you people always steal,” said Marsden. “And he said give me the earrings and I call police. My rights were revoked.
The couple claimed they were threatened and forced to remain in that store. Marsden said he was intimidated by the manager and ordered to strip down and be searched.
“So I took off my socks and shoes and I took off my pants,” said Marsden. “I was nervous."
Within minutes, a security officer showed up, and immediately looked at the surveillance video.
“She never left the counter with those earrings in her hand,” the guard said. “There was no evidence of shoplifting.”
Houston Police agreed. Their officers looked at the same video and found no evidence of shoplifting. Activist Quanell X is now involved.
“This was a classic case of racial profiling in its most humiliating form,” said Quanell X. “And something needs to be done about this.”
The owners of the store refused to discuss the specific incident but said shoplifting is a big problem at their business. But Pattum insists she and her fiancé did nothing wrong.
“Everybody doesn’t shoplift," said Pattum. "Everybody is not a thief. There are still honest people in the world.”
Thanks to Slate for making this video, it's too bad the people that really need to see it and learn from it won't be watching or caring because they are cybernetic drone organisms sent by the Borg Queen to assimilate us into the collective. They have no compassion for their employees livelihood or even life for that matter.
From Huff Po:
Eight people were hurt -- including seven seriously injured -- when the shelving apparently collapsed at a discount store in the Bronx.
Three of the injured are children, according to local media reports.
“I was walking toward the back and all I heard was this thunderous loud noise,” Norma Villafane, 59 told The New York Post. “I turned and shelves fell onto one gentleman.”
The incident happened at a store called Discount Outlet. Neighbors tell DNA Info New York that the store's aisles are cramped and the shelves overloaded with merchandise.
950 Morris Ave - shelves fell in discount outlet store, injured 7. Crews unloading items an shelves from inside pic.twitter.com/jA5V0brdUj
— Jessica Cunnington (@News12JessicaC) April 7, 2014
Images show a scene that looks like something from a natural disaster or a building collapse, but city officials told local media that the structure itself wasn't damaged. Only the shelves appear to have fallen.
“We had a shelving collapse in the store in the center aisle,” Fire Chief Anthony Montera told CBS New York. “It created a cascading effect. It took down two or three more aisles, and we had the customers in the store -– some of them hurt by the debris coming down on them. We removed it. We got seven people out of the debris, all in the early stages.”
— Aime Rodriguez (@aimerodnews) April 7, 2014
None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening.
"You could hear the screaming," Lucy Tirado, who was standing outside the store while her husband was shopping inside, told NBC New York. "I could hear the lady screaming because her kids were under that mess."
Tirado's husband suffered broken bones.
Sacrifies for a new outfit?
From Anne Z: Came across this at Walmart one day, enough said.......
Send us any Custy Rejects you spot from your next store outing!
They're taking lessons from the Black Friday Discount Rats in America! I love how the video goes past the end of the beer brawl and you see the worker move in with a broom.
From YouTube: Customers at this shopping center in Salvador, Brazil battle for cases of beer after word got out that they were on sale for under a dollar during the state carnival in Bahia.
This is just.....eeeeewww gross. New toohbrushes actually used!
...as a nurse....*full body shiver*
Most of us might be put off to learn the new clothes we just bought had been used by someone else then returned to the store. So you can imagine how a local mother feels knowing the same thing happened with toothbrushes she bought for her kids, especially since her children actually used the toothbrushes before she and her husband discovered the ugly truth.
The kids, aged 7 and 9, wanted to use their new electronic toothbrushes as soon as they got home from the store. Megan Duvall says nothing about the box looked out of the ordinary. "
Our perception was we were opening a brand new product," she said.
She paid $150 for a double set of Sonicare electronic toothbrushes, purchased at the Puyallup Costco. Duvall says when the kids brushed their teeth they noticed one unit was quiet like it should be but the other unit was unusually loud with a strong, vibrating buzz. Duvall's husband took a closer look at the noisy unit and noticed the brush head connection was loose and wobbly.
"And he opened it up, took the head off, and looked at it and said, 'This is a used toothbrush!" Duvall said.
Turns out, they got one new base, one used base, and two very used brush heads. Instead of the "Diamond Clean" whitening brush heads indicated on the box, the brush heads they got were "Pro Results," an older model. The brush heads were so used, there's barely a trace of the blue stripe that loses color as the brushes wear down.
Duvall is convinced someone took out the new devices, replaced them with old, sealed the box, and returned it as an unopened return. It's a blatant case of retail return fraud that has been reported at any number of retailers across the country.
"We were absolutely disgusted!" said Duvall. "We couldn't believe it!"
Costco, praised for it's generous return policy, is also surprised. The man in charge of northwest operations tells me the returned toothbrushes should never have been put back on the shelf. Ron Vachris says the company has strong return procedures in place and is reinforcing those procedures to make sure everyone is aware. According to Vachris, returned, defective merchandise is supposed to be clearly labeled and either destroyed or sent back to the manufacturer.
Vachris says he's interested in examining the units the Duvalls purchased- to help get to the bottom of how the box ended up on the store shelf. Costco stresses this type of return theft with toothbrushes is very rare at Costco stores. Costco gave Duvall a new replacement Sonicare set and refunded her money. Duvall says there was never a question about how Costco handled her complaint, but she wants her brush with deception to remind all retailers to take a closer look at how returned products are handled, especially when the product might pass on someone else's nasty germs.
It's important to emphasize that Costco is far from the only target of product swapping. According to the National Retail Federation, replacing new merchandise with old is one of several reasons retailers everywhere are cracking down on returns - often requiring photo identification and maintaining profiles of customer return activity. It's also a good reason for all of to closely examine pricey, packaged products before we buy them- and alert the store if something's not quite right.
Return fraud overall is a driving force behind increased return fees, and limiting refunds to merchandise, rather than cash. The NRF says in 2013 the cost of refund fraud nationwide totalled nearly $9 billion a year.