A mother’s two sons were racially discriminated against when a 7-11 convenience store clerk asked the teens to leave while they were buying snacks for their school lunches, the woman claims—and her confrontation with the cashier was captured on video.
According to a press release from Chicago activist Ja’Mal Green, the boys, 13 and 15, entered the store, at 600 S. Dearborn St., about 10:45 p.m. Thursday in the Printers Row neighborhood. Minutes later returned to their mother who was waiting in their car, the release says.
“He put us out because we were black, let’s just go mom,” the boys told their mother, according to the release.
The mother then went into the 7-11 and recorded a video asking why the boys were kicked out of the store, the release says.
According to the press release, the clerk said the boys were acting suspicious and looked like they were going to take products out of the store.
The family has filed a formal complete with 7-11’s corporate office, the release says.
“Every customer is important and should be treated with respect,” 7-11 said in a statement to NBC 5. “We are investigating the matter and will ensure it is handled appropriately.”
The manager of the Dearborn store declined to comment.