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‘I really don’t care’: Video of cashier checking Black shopper’s pockets for stolen items goes viral

  • Model and entrepreneur Megan Milan was checking out Hi Fashions at Los Angeles’ Santee Alley when the cashier approached and inspected her bag’s pockets.

  • The unidentified cashier, whom Milan accused of racial profiling, argued that she is “Asian too.”

  • The moment was caught on a now-viral TikTok video, which sparked backlash against the store on Google and Yelp.

A clothing and accessories store in Los Angeles is facing backlash after a Black customer accused its Asian cashier of racially profiling her during a visit.

Megan Milan, a model and entrepreneur with over 160,000 followers on TikTok, took to the platform last week to share the incident, which she described as a “shared Black experience.”

In the now-viral video, the cashier can be seen looking into the pockets of Milan’s bag for stolen items.

“I normally only buy Black and this is one of the many reasons why,” Milan captioned the video.

@megan.milan A shared black experience unfortunately. #racist #fyp #existingwhileblack ♬ Oh No – Kreepa

Milan said she was checking out the store when the cashier suddenly started searching her pockets.

“There’s obviously nothing in them. She didn’t come to any other person,” Milan said in the video. “She decided to racially profile me.”

Milan went on to film the store front, revealing the business as Remy Hi Fashions of California. The store, located at The Santee Alley, is also known as Hi Fashions of California.

In a follow-up video, Milan is seen returning to the store to confront the cashier, who then defends herself stating, “I’m Asian, too.”

“I’m sorry. I don’t care,” the cashier tells Milan. “I really don’t care.”

Milan’s first video has received more than 211,000 views, while her follow-up post has more than 1.8 million. She also posted a shortened version of the incident, which has now received more than 440,000 views.

@megan.milan Reply to @starrtini ♬ original sound – megan.milan

Outraged users sent Milan supportive messages and denounced the cashier’s actions. Some people took aim at the store’s pages on Google and Yelp, forcing the latter to issue a “Public Attention Alert” and carry out an investigation.

“This got me thinking. If they treat us like this while shopping in their stores, imagine what they do to your food eating at their restaurants,” one TikTok user wrote.

Another claimed, “OMG I’ve been here. I came to get gold jewelry for my locs and she thought I was stealing.”

Hi Fashions has temporarily closed, according to its Yelp page. It’s unclear when it plans to reopen.

Featured Image via Megan Milan

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