Couple strip searched over $3 earrings?
HOUSTON,TEXAS (CNN) — A Houston couple says they were humiliated when a beauty store in Southeast Houston. The owner falsely accused them of stealing earrings. Now they say they want more than an apology.
Deadra Pattum and her fiancé John Marsden say their right have been revoked. When the couple stopped off to purchase some hair extensions. They say they were over-billed for a pair of $3 earrings they never took. "I picked them up, but i put them back," said Puttum.
The owner shouted "'And he's like you steal, you people always steal, "Give me earrings I call police."
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, my shoes, I took off my pants. I was nervous. I was shaking a little bit. I was petrified."
Within minutes, a security officer showed up, and immediately looked at the store's surveillance video. Houston officers found no evidence of shoplifting. A local activist is now involved. "This was a classic case of racial profiling in its most humiliating form, and something needs to be done about this."
The owners of the store refused to speak on camera, but said shoplifting is a big problem at their business, but this couple insists they did nothing wrong.