New York (The Gaslamp Post) – A worker at a Manhattan-area deli reportedly accused a customer of shoplifting last week, and then proceeded to publicly subject that customer to a pat-down search. The customer, none other than Actor Forest Whitaker was at the Milano Market Deli on Friday, when an employee had stopped him when he thought he had seen him take an item and hide it on his person.
According to the New York Post, the employee stopped Whitaker and then patted him down in front of other customers. No stolen item was found on him.
“An employee from the store came outside to speak with him and to apologize,” Crupe said in a statement. “He told Mr. Whitaker that the cameras in the store were at a bad angle and that he could not see if Forest had stolen anything.”
An employee of the deli also attempted to make it up to Whitaker by offering him free food. Whitaker reportedly asked that the store change the way it treats it’s customers.
In a statement released by Whitaker’s spokesman stated that his civil rights were violated.
“This was an upsetting incident given the fact that Forest did nothing more than walk into the deli,” Jennifer Plante said. “Forest did not call the authorities at the request of the worker who was in fear of losing his employment.”