Two black men are left confused (not to mention racially profiled against) after cops are called on them for asking for sliced cheese in a local convince store.
Sounds a little too silly to be true right...well believe it because this is what happened to Rick Berry and his roommate Phillip Blackwell on a late-night food run to a CVS in Richmond, Virginia.
On Tuesday night after speaking to one of the store employees and being told that the store does not carry what they were searching for, the roommates carried on browsing. Moments later they realized all of the employees including the one they just spoke to vanished.
‘We looked around for probably 30, 45 minutes and we couldn’t find anybody.’ Berry stated.
According to nydailynews.com Berry explained that they were left alone in the store along with one other customer who was also searching for an employee that would be able to check them out.
Not long after, a police officer arrived to the ‘scene’ after receiving a call from inside the store from one of the CVS employee’s.
Berry stated that the officer was just as confused as them about the ordeal that was taking place.
'Sliced cheese, all I asked for was sliced cheese,' Berry told WRIC.
They later found the workers who ‘feared for their lives’ (sound familiar?) hiding in a locked room in the back of the store.
The officers then informed them that they needed to leave the premises or else they would be arrested for trespassing. (WHAT!?)
According to the huffingtonpost.com the CVS Communications Director Michael J. DeAngelis issued an apology stating that it is against policy for employees to leave the sales floor unstaffed during hours of operation and the company is “reinforcing the appropriate way for employees to respond to what they believe may be a security concern.”
Acting as though every black person is a criminal is a disgusting stereotype that can ultimately put innocent lives at risk. All we can do is be thankful that these men were not harmed in this ridiculous call for ‘help’.