Black Couple Suing Costco After Manager Called 911 and Accused Them of Robberyby GDN Shared Post November 14, 2018
Bahri told reporters that she asked him, “Did you call the police on us saying we were shoplifting?” And his response was, “You fit the bill. African-American male and female, and your wife is carrying a blue purse.”
Since the incident, the manager nor Costco’s head office has issued a public apology to the couple. But Costco did release a statement denying their guilt by saying that “law enforcement, not Costco, made the decision to execute the stop… Its staff communicated to a patrol officer that it had not found reason to detain the Wallaces.”
Sadly, this seems to reflect Costco’s overall commitment to diversity, inclusion, and fairness as a company. According to Diversity Inc, the company is led by a predominantly male executive leadership team that includes one woman, one Latino and one man of Middle Eastern-descent. Even worse, Costco has never participated in DiversityInc‘s Top 50 Companies for Diversity competition.