(Ben YakasBarneys came under fire last week after several reports from customers who say they've been accused of thievery for shopping while black or Latino. Barneys CEO Mark Lee publicly apologized to the two African-American customers who claim they were profiled in the store, while at the same time insisting that this was all the NYPD's fault: “Our preliminary investigation has concluded that in both of these instances, no one from Barneys New York raised any issue with these purchases," he said. "No one from Barneys brought them to the attention of our internal security and no one from Barneys reached out to external authorities.”

The NYPD immediately contradicted that statement: “In both instances, officers were conducting unrelated investigations and took action based on information brought to their attention by Barneys’ employees while in the security room,” said NYPD spokesman John McCarthy. Last week, he told reporters, “[Barneys] notified the police they had suspicion about this purchase and this particular card. The cops get a complaint from the store. That’s what drives this.”

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