Friday, October 24, 2008

Johnson County NAACP speaks out on the Racial 'Journeys' receipt controversy

The owner of a suburban Kansas City shoe store says it has fired the employee who was behind a racial slur on a receipt given to a black customer.

The company that owns Journeys at the Oak Park Mall in Overland Park, Kan., apologized Wednesday for the worker who chose a code on a computerized list of reasons for returned merchandise that said "Cust: Dumb (N-word)." A shopper had purchased a pair of shoes at Journeys but later returned them after buying a cheaper pair elsewhere. He got his money back but did not notice the slur on the receipt until he got home.

Wandra Minor; President of the Johnson County NAACP, said that the Branch has been contacted by the family and the Johnson County NAACP Legal Redress Committee and its chair, Willie Miller, are actively investigating the incident.

We will keep you posted as the issue unfolds...

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