A black couple were refused a money order by a white clerk at Schnuck’s store in St. Louis on May 7.
The clerk refused to sell the $1,100 money order to the black couple by claiming there could be potential fraud even when the couple presented cash to pay for the money order.
One half of the couple, Kellen Hill, filmed the incident and posted the video on Facebook with a description:
It’s really sad that you can’t be black and buy a money order without being accused of fraud. I gave my girlfriend $1100 to go get a money order for rent and this guy Travis Donahue from Schnucks Supermarket denied her “because people like you are doing fraud”.
He then called the cops and tried to have us arrested for being “disorderly”. Needless to say, we stood our ground and made him give us our money order.
No one went to jail or got killed but just another case of racial discrimination in America. Please like and Share this video until it makes it to the corporate office. I want him FIRED IMMEDIATELY.
Donahue was fired, notes KTVI, and a Schnucks rep released a statement:
I deeply apologize to the customers and am incredibly disappointed in the poor judgement that was used in handling this incident.
Although the teammate was focused on the recent increase in fraud, once the customer produced cash for the transaction, the money order should have been sold without further issue.
I want our customers to feel welcomed and respected in our stores and I sincerely apologize for how our customers were treated in this instance.
We have also extended an offer to the customers to meet with them in person to offer our apologies as well.