Graphic: Michael Harriot (The Root; photos via Getty Images, KRON-TV)
Graphic: Michael Harriot (The Root; photos via Getty Images, KRON-TV)

Seems like the protocol to seeing a black person now and dats is to notify the police first. From last week’s barbeque incident in Oakland Park, to shopping for home items. All of these are crimes that black people can’t commit.

An employee at an Alabama Hobby Lobby called the local authorities to report that a black man was in the store committing the crime of being a black man in the store, because there was no other reason.
Accordint to police, the store manager first said the man “resembled” a thief. Then she said he was talking too loudly while he was outside of the store. I think he was formally accused of “being black.”

According to The Root, Brian Spurlock visited Hobby Lobby in Trussville, Alabama on Tuesday.

Spurlock went to the craft superstore to return a Cricut cutting machine for his girlfriend. He had the receipt, the original packaging, and everything that came with the item when he arrived at the store. Spurlock’s girlfriend says she specifically asked Hobby Lobby’s employees if the item was returnable before she bought it, and they had informed her that it was.

“When I gave her [the cashier] the machine, she told me that she needed to check with the manager to see if the item was returnable,” Spurlock told The Root, apparently unaware that white women always need to speak to the manager. “The manager said she would have to check with corporate.”

The cashier returned to Spurlock and told him the manager was calling the store’s corporate office, but instead she was calling police.
A local law enforcement officer entered the store, walked up to him and asked for his identification. As customers looked on, Spurlock handed over his ID to the cop and asked what was the reason for this embarrassment.

The officer replied saying, ‘You’re about to be trespassing,’” Spurlock explained. “I still didn’t know what was going on. I figured, ‘OK, some stores do ask for ID when you return things.’”

The officer then walked out of HOBBY Lobby with Spurlock’s ID to run it for warrants, in which Spurlock confirms he has none.

“I still had no idea what they were doing. But now I realize he was running my name to check for warrants. I still wasn’t worried because I don’t have any,” said Spurlock.

The officer returned to threaten Spurlock that he should get his refund and leave the store before he was arrested for trespassing.

Spurlock’s asked the manager how I was trespassing,” Spurlock recounted. “She said I resembled someone who they had caught returning stolen items.”

What might be the resemblance of the mystery return thief..

Graphic: Michael Harriot (The Root; photos via Getty Images, KRON-TV)
Graphic: Michael Harriot (The Root; photos via Getty Images, KRON-TV)


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