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Nordstrom Rack Apologizes to 3 Black Teens Accused of Stealing

The teens, a college student and two high school seniors, showed police their receipt

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    Nordstrom Rack Apologizes for Accusing Black Teens of Theft

    The president of Nordstrom Rack was in St. Louis Tuesday to apologize to three black teenagers who were falsely accused of stealing from the store. Mekhi Lee, 19, is one of those teens who said they were trying to shop inside a Nordstrom Rack, but instead were humiliated after being closely watched and accused of stealing merchandise. (Published Wednesday, May 9, 2018)

    Nordstrom Rack has apologized to three black shoppers who say they were falsely accused of stealing from a suburban St. Louis store.

    Police were called to a Brentwood store Thursday while 19-year-old college student Mekhi Lee and high school seniors Eric Rogers and Dirone Taylor were shopping for prom clothes.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the three left the store and police pulled into the parking lot. Officers told them that police had gotten a call about three black men shoplifting. Lee and the others showed police the items they had bought and a store receipt, and they were allowed to leave.

    Nordstrom Rack apologized in a statement, saying it is enhancing its practices and training. The company said its president, Geevy Thomas, met with the three shoppers' families Tuesday to listen to their concerns and express disappointment that the situation occurred.

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