A security guard at the Breaux Mart grocery store in New Orleans was filmed following a black shopper, Branson Morgan, on Sept. 1, notes WGNO.
Morgan filmed the incident and posted it on Facebook with a description:
Three of us (two white, and me) were in one aisle looking at products (not causing a scene, being disruptive or causing any harm whatsoever) when this security guard comes up, stands about 3 ft from my friends and I and crosses his arms in a very confrontational, oppressive way.
Morgan and his friend relocated several aisles over, but the security guard followed:
At this point we felt VERY uncomfortable and it was obvious that he was profiling us, and wanted us to feel unwelcome. I then tell the man that we have money and are not doing anything wrong. We go a few aisles away to find our friend and tell him to return all of his items, and that we’re not spending money at a store like this.
Morgan and his friends told the manager who replied that he would check the store’s security footage to see if Morgan had a shopping basket with him.
Morgan and his friends left the store, the security guard followed them outside and took a picture of their car, Morgan said.
The store’s Facebook page addressed Morgan’s allegations on Sept. 2:.
We are getting to the bottom of what happened. We’ve reached out to the man in the video privately, and we are looking forward to speaking with him. Breaux Mart has zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind and we take this situation very seriously. We treat our employees, and customers equally, no matter what. In the meantime, the security guard on duty has been replaced while we investigate.
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