Teen charged in Walmart racial comment case

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PostSun Mar 21, 2010 12:30 am » by sockpuppet


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WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) -- A 16-year-old boy patronizing a Walmart store in southern New Jersey took over the public-address system and ordered black people to leave, angering customers and prompting company leaders to apologize, police said Saturday.

Police said the boy, whose name is not being released because he is a juvenile, went on the intercom at Walmart's Washington Township store Sunday evening and calmly announced: "Attention, Walmart customers: All black people, leave the store now."

The teen was arrested Friday on charges of harassment and bias intimidation. Authorities said he was released to the custody of his parents; they did not know whether he had a lawyer.

"This was an extremely disturbing event on many levels," Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean Dalton said at a news conference. "Any statements like these that can cause harm or grave concern must be addressed as quickly we possibly can."

Dalton said the case would be handled in juvenile court in neighboring Atlantic County, where the boy lives. He would not say whether the boy has a criminal record, citing the teen's age, and would not disclose the teen's race, saying that did not factor into the investigation.

Authorities would not say whether the announcement was planned or made impulsively. Police said they were also investigating a teenage boy who accompanied the suspect to the store, but they had not charged the other boy.

Although a manager quickly went on the intercom system and apologized for the remark, many customers expressed their anger to store management. Some community members said Saturday that they've heard reports of similar incidents happening at the store in recent months that were not reported to police.

"We are concerned about that, and we're looking into these incidents. We want to work with the community to make sure these types of incidents don't happen," said Loretta Winters, president of the Gloucester County chapter of the NAACP.

Winters said she hopes the boy will get counseling and be educated about sensitivity so he can understand the consequences of his actions.

"I'm assuming this person didn't realize how hurtful his comments were," she said.

Officials for Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said the announcement was "unacceptable," and Dalton praised the company for its strong cooperation in the investigation.

"We're pleased this matter is resolved," Walmart spokesman David Tovar said in a statement issued after the news conference. "We have updated our intercom system at this store to prevent this from happening again. We again apologize to all of our customers and associates who had to listen to something so offensive."

The incident was the latest in a series of problems the retailer has had in its dealings with minorities and women.

There have been several past instances of black customers claiming they were treated unfairly at Walmart stores, and the company faced lawsuits alleging that women were passed over in favor of men for pay raises and promotions.

In February 2009, the retailer paid $17.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in its hiring of truck drivers.

And the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the company in May 2009, claiming some Hispanic employees at a Sam's Club subsidiary in California were subjected to a hostile work environment. That suit alleges managers failed to stop repeated verbal harassment, including the use of derogatory words, against employees of Mexican descent.

However, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has said the company has worked hard in recent years to show it cares about diversity.
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PostSun Mar 21, 2010 12:33 am » by Cerealkiller76


Did the black folk leave the store at least ?

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PostSun Mar 21, 2010 1:15 am » by Sceptilief


While inappropriate and uncouth, this was an excersize in free speech by a juvenille, so how is it possible to bring criminal charges against him?

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PostSun Mar 21, 2010 1:20 am » by Cornbread714


I thought this thread was going to be about Dank 1...
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PostSun Mar 21, 2010 1:24 am » by whitedeath


cornbread714 wrote:I thought this thread was going to be about Dank 1...


Im glad I wasn't the only one thinking that!
But what a nice young man this story is about, as soon as I saw it was against black people I thought huh.. bet he used the N word then. But nope, just ordered Black people out of the store, maybe he knew of a better store just down the road and was actually trying to help those people.

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PostSun Mar 21, 2010 1:38 am » by Sceptilief


I'm white and I find Black's Photography to be quite racist. I'm gonna charge someone. :mrcool:
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PostSun Mar 21, 2010 1:57 am » by Tonybigman3


sockpuppet wrote:http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Teen-charged-in-NJ-Walmart-apf-588972312.html?x=0
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) -- A 16-year-old boy patronizing a Walmart store in southern New Jersey took over the public-address system and ordered black people to leave, angering customers and prompting company leaders to apologize, police said Saturday.

Police said the boy, whose name is not being released because he is a juvenile, went on the intercom at Walmart's Washington Township store Sunday evening and calmly announced: "Attention, Walmart customers: All black people, leave the store now."

The teen was arrested Friday on charges of harassment and bias intimidation. Authorities said he was released to the custody of his parents; they did not know whether he had a lawyer.

"This was an extremely disturbing event on many levels," Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean Dalton said at a news conference. "Any statements like these that can cause harm or grave concern must be addressed as quickly we possibly can."

Dalton said the case would be handled in juvenile court in neighboring Atlantic County, where the boy lives. He would not say whether the boy has a criminal record, citing the teen's age, and would not disclose the teen's race, saying that did not factor into the investigation.

Authorities would not say whether the announcement was planned or made impulsively. Police said they were also investigating a teenage boy who accompanied the suspect to the store, but they had not charged the other boy.

Although a manager quickly went on the intercom system and apologized for the remark, many customers expressed their anger to store management. Some community members said Saturday that they've heard reports of similar incidents happening at the store in recent months that were not reported to police.

"We are concerned about that, and we're looking into these incidents. We want to work with the community to make sure these types of incidents don't happen," said Loretta Winters, president of the Gloucester County chapter of the NAACP.

Winters said she hopes the boy will get counseling and be educated about sensitivity so he can understand the consequences of his actions.

"I'm assuming this person didn't realize how hurtful his comments were," she said.

Officials for Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said the announcement was "unacceptable," and Dalton praised the company for its strong cooperation in the investigation.

"We're pleased this matter is resolved," Walmart spokesman David Tovar said in a statement issued after the news conference. "We have updated our intercom system at this store to prevent this from happening again. We again apologize to all of our customers and associates who had to listen to something so offensive."

The incident was the latest in a series of problems the retailer has had in its dealings with minorities and women.

There have been several past instances of black customers claiming they were treated unfairly at Walmart stores, and the company faced lawsuits alleging that women were passed over in favor of men for pay raises and promotions.

In February 2009, the retailer paid $17.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in its hiring of truck drivers.

And the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the company in May 2009, claiming some Hispanic employees at a Sam's Club subsidiary in California were subjected to a hostile work environment. That suit alleges managers failed to stop repeated verbal harassment, including the use of derogatory words, against employees of Mexican descent.

However, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has said the company has worked hard in recent years to show it cares about diversity.

i think its stupid that they arested hes only sixteen,it just goes to show how stupid society has become. :shooting:

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PostSun Mar 21, 2010 2:10 am » by Songhai


Free Speech ... bullshit

Racism isn't fee speech, it's racial hatred and it's forbidden. This kid was just refering to the darkest times of America when white & black people weren't allowed to share toilets. I can't even understand your reactions ...

This kid has been arrested because he needs to be taugh manners. It's not a fascist move, it's a republican move against a fascist kid

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PostSun Mar 21, 2010 3:00 am » by Tinman4higher


slushpup wrote:I think the little bugger should be ass kicked from here to tomorrow. Unfortunately he has learned this hatred and bigotry from adults.. Most likely his own parents..
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Well said buddy.And, on that note...that is how a growing concern of people feel about religion. It is a perfect comparison.
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PostSun Mar 21, 2010 3:27 am » by Pateriot


Am I the only one that just thinks that this was just a kid's prank, and a damn funny one at that. That anyone was truly offended by this seems unbelievable to me!! Christ people take a deep breath and think about the stupid pranks you pulled when you were a kid... and laugh!


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