Black Grandmom Falsely Accused of Shoplifting Wins $105,000 From H&M

by / June 5, 2014 Black News 25 Comments

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A 59 year old African-American woman was awarded $105,000 by an Oregon jury after being falsely accused of shoplifting at an H&M store.

Photo Credit: Oregon Live

Photo Credit: Oregon Live

In 2011 Brenda Moaning was followed by a video camera then taken to a back room by loss prevention officers after she visited an H&M store at Clackamas Town Center in Oregon.

Moaning says that although she had all receipts for the items in her bag,  she was yanked into a backroom by her arm like a common crook.

Although Moaning claimed that she was followed because she was black, the jury didn’t agree with her and refused to grant her discrimination lawsuit. Still, the jury found that Moaning had been falsely arrested with malice and that the H&M workers were guilty of battery for taking her purse.

Moaning says her feelings about the verdict are mixed since she is disappointed that the jury didn’t find that race played a role in the incident.

“How do we let them know that’s not who we want to be?” said one of Moaning’s attorneys, Greg Kafoury, according to Oregon Live. “How do we get that message all the way back to Stockholm, Sweden? They may be in 54 different countries, but I’m sure there’s one language they understand. The language of money.”

H&M spokesperson Katie Buxman contended that the store had good reason to watch Moaning. According to Buxman, Moaning wore an H&M dress, carried an H&M shopping bag, and one of the loss prevention officers recognized her as having visited the store for a third time in only two days.

The confusion came when Moaning checked out. Moaning says when she got to the counter, she told the clerk that a $5 cardigan was such a good buy she wanted another. In an effort to prevent Moaning from having to wait in the long line twice, the clerk allowed her to pay for the second cardigan at checkout. Moaning paid for both cardigans, then went and threw the second cardigan in her bag and walked out of the store. That’s when loss prevention detained Moaning for 16 minutes.

Moaning says the experience has changed her.

“Now, when I do go into stores it makes me wonder, ‘OK, is a code being called because a black woman has entered the store?’” Moaning said. “I feel like I’m being watched.”










25 Comment

  1. Total BS! This woman was discriminated against because she is black. Plain and simple. If it was an old white woman going in the store (the main thieves), no one would have batted an eye. This lady deserves much more. Racial ills are committed daily and the way things are going, it is becoming more difficult to prove. Too many Uncle Tom’s & Sambo’s out there along with the condescending whites who sneak racism past you in a flash.

  2. So if you go to a store three times in two days you must be a criminal? What about coming back to buy something that you like or exchanging something

  3. I have never heard a white person YET..who has ever felt that ,what is clearly racially motivated by racism..Was Because of Race!!! Never …They are afraid,that it's an indictment of them as a race of people

  4. I am glad they are being made to pay for thier mistake.

  5. Honestly after hearing this story and with myself experiencing a similar situation many years ago I feel that this lady should have been awarded 10 times the amount that she was paid and truth be told that still wouldn’t have been enough.

  6. so now, you can’t even like a store enough to return. three times in two days means she’s a criminal.

  7. Well, I won’t be spending any of my money there. The security tape showed that they were only watching the Black lady, ms. moaning , as she passed many white women shopping.

  8. I had a store detective follow me around Macy's when I was younger. I knew it was because of my color, and this person followed me all through the store, even though they clearly saw me making purchases. After following me for more than an hour, I had enough. I spoke in a loud voice that I HOPED they would pull me in the back, because I was going to make sure I sued them for all they were worth for harassment and slander. They hurried away after that. I will never stand for being intimidated by a store detective, clerk, or ANYONE who trying to accuse me falsely!

  9. Way to make them pay

  10. This is exactly the reason we need our OWN NOW…We need more Black Wall Street type of communities and business districts that thrive from our own support, patronage, and funds. DO FOR SELF and to Hell with all these racist devils who want nothing more than our $1.5 trillion dollar spending power, our labor, our ideas, and to be entertained by us!

  11. I smell a deliberate set up here by Grammy. I've bought a few things at the resister then went and got it. Bit I ALWAYS go black to the register and show the person the item I just retrieved Never just pick up an item and walk out of the store. What the heck are people, including security, to think? . Granny knew exactly what she was doing. Blacks are become pros at creating lawsuit environments. Google -Blacks CASHING IN on black PRIVILEGE.

  12. I’ve been stopped a few times in my life and asked to show a recite. Never thought of filing a lawsuit. Granny set this thing up to create a lawsuit. She was obviously hoping to cash in on her race card – the black PRIVILEGE. Blacks are pros at creating lawsuit environments, then pulling their race card. If I had to pick one word to describe what blacks are to white people, it’s MENACE

  13. It is always on my mind when I shop

  14. What was it about this woman that made her stand out? Why would you notice THIS WOMAN to form a pattern of her shopping? Out of all the customers you notice she has been there 3x's in 2 days. My theory 'A beautiful black woman is worth watching', but watch out!! Glad she got her positive day in court. She deserved it.

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