Two Black male CVS customers were racially profiled in Carytown, Virginia, after reportedly visiting the store to buy cheese, reports say.
According to WATE NEWS, Ricky Berry and his roommate Philip Blackwell recently asked the store’s employees if they sold cheese, and they were told “no.” That’s when things got strange because all of a sudden the employees disappeared.
“We looked around for probably 30, 45 minutes and we couldn’t find anybody,” Blackwell said, saying that there was another customer who was searching for assistance to buy pain medication for a bad tooth, the report says.
Then to their surprise, police showed up out of nowhere. They quickly explained what happened to the officer and were told that someone called 911 on them. The officer walked around the store and found the employees huddled in the back room with the doors locked.
“He was laughing with us because, like, this is how weird, apocalyptic movies start,” Berry said.
But then after making a few calls, the officer told Berry and Blackwell that they had to leave the store.
“We’re being kicked out because they were scared of us and hiding,” Berry said, “He just told us that we need to leave premises or else we would be arrested for trespassing and that flipped the script on all of us. We had no idea what was going on.”
Later, the two men called the store manager, but their calls were not returned. However, a spokesperson for the drugstore recently apologized to Berry and Blackwell for the incident and stressed that the employee who called police would be interviewed and possibly retrained, WATE noted.