Man Sues Walmart After Being Told to Leave for Being Black
16-year-old boy was arrested for using store intercom.
Wal-Mart is being sued for $1 million by a man who claims he was traumatized by a racist comment made over an intercom at a New Jersey store 2 years ago.
On March 14, 2010, a 16-year-old boy took control of the intercom at Turnersville Walmart and said: "Attention Wal-Mart customers: All Black people must leave the store."
The teenager was spotted, but wasn't arrested on site.
Days later, authorities caught up with the teen and arrested him charging him with harassment and bias intimidation.
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Now, 2 years after the incident, Donnell Battie of Winslow, New Jersey, is accusing Wal-Mart of being negligent in failing to control access to the store’s intercom.
Wal-Mart spokesman Greg Rossiter said the firm has apologized and has worked to prevent it from happening again.
Battie claims he has needed medical care due to the March 2010 comment. He says it caused him “severe and disabling emotional and psychological harm.” Battie is reportedly suffering from depression, paranoia, loss of appetite, loss of sleep, anxiety and anger.