(BREAKING WIDE) — Georgia Store Demands $20 Refundable Shopping Deposit but only for White Customers.
Georgia clothing store is apologizing for an appointment policy some customers say is discriminatory. Civvies on Broughton in Savannah sparked a social media firestorm this week after it said it would charge only white customers a refundable $20 fee to shop at the vintage clothing store.
In a now-deleted Facebook post, the store said it would waive the deposit fee for Black, indigenous and other people of color because “as a mostly white staff with white ownership, we do not feel comfortable upholding a digital and financial barrier which could prohibit BIPOC from shopping at our store at this time.”
Manager went on to say the store would work with white customers who were unable to afford the $20 deposit. However, they would not accept bookings from white customers who refused to pay the fee because “you believe our policy is unethical.”
“Most of the feedback about our decision to waive this refundable deposit is racist because it favors Black people, indigenous people and people of color,” store manager Raine Blunk said.”
“Obviously it is unfortunate to have thousands of people commenting and messaging us saying that they are going to sue us and have contacted the department of labor because this is a violation of their rights.” Blunk defended the policy, saying he believed what the store was doing “is within the confines of the law.”
But on Tuesday, the store had posted an apology from the owners.
“It was not our intention to act in any way that might be perceived as discriminatory and for that we apologize.””Posts were deleted on request of Civvies ownership, not management.” “Management will receive comments on this post and in our DMs. Thank you,” according to its Facebook page
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