Black Couple Claims Wrongly Accused Of Stealing At Forever 21 Now Ready To Sue The Company

Black Couple Claims Wrongly Accused Of Stealing At Forever 21 Now Ready To Sue The Company

San Franciscans Richard 'Rich' Bougere and his wife Danielle Banks posted two clips of them being escorted out of the store by the police after they had an 'embarrassing' encounter at the store they frequent located on Stockton Street. 

A youth group leader and his wife are lawyering up after his wife was accused of stealing from a Forever 21 store that the couple frequents. San Franciscans Richard 'Rich' Bougere and his wife Danielle Banks posted two clips of them being escorted out of the store by the police after they had an 'embarrassing' encounter at the store they frequent located on Stockton Street. 



 

In one of the two clips uploaded on Facebook, Bougere said: "You picked with the wrong ones, man. We have too much money, too much influence, too much power to ever steal from anywhere, so you’ll be hearing from our lawyers, Forever 21."



 

Bougere and his wife are youth leaders for the performing arts group 'Project Level'. The pair had taken a few of their students to shop at the Forever 21 store for a big shoot that was coming up. 

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Banks said that she was cornered by two San Fransisco officers when she was in the dressing room area. As per the officer's understanding, Banks was spotted putting clothes inside a white grocery bag, which they searched. 

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The officers didn't find anything, and the group was allowed to continue shopping at Forever 21. But the store manager refused to apologize to Banks and the group for causing the embarrassing situation, which prompted the group to leave the store. 

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"What hurts the most is we were shopping for our students who don't have the means to be styled like professional artists," Banks wrote in her Facebook post. "Rich and I use our own money to give youth an opportunity they, unfortunately, can't afford."

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The retail store has since issued a statement to the Atlanta Black Star. The statement reads: "After conducting an investigation into the situation, we confirmed that the police were notified due to specific shopping behaviors, consisting of bringing in non-Forever 21 products and mixing and matching with in-store merchandise, which created confusion. We sincerely apologize for the misunderstanding and are working with the Mayor's Office and the parties involved to learn from this experience, and make it right, as we take this matter extremely seriously."

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