*A 7-Eleven in the Anacostia section of Washington D.C. posted a handwritten sign on the door saying that only two students were allowed into the store at a time. The sign sparked instant backlash online, mostly due to the store’s location in a predominantly black neighborhood.
Some accused the store of racism, while others maintained that it was a reasonable precaution, according to AmericaNow.com.
When confronted about the sign, the franchisee took it down, denied its existence, and then called the police. The reporter was informed that he had a right to film the story from the public sidewalk.
The franchisee, who declined to give his name, stated that young people allegedly kept stealing from the store. He provided footage showing a large group of young men locked in the store by a security guard for allegedly stealing items.
Leon Matthews, a customer, said, “I think it’s absolutely about race. They look at us and our color and language and automatically say, hey, somebody is stealing.”
Others maintained that these signs had been around for decades, in white as well as black neighborhoods.
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