A college student is suing a New York department store and the police department after he splurged on a $350 belt and was promptly arrested.
Trayon Christian, 19, bought the belt at Barneys department store "when a clerk had him cuffed, apparently thinking the black teen couldn't afford the pricey purchase", the New York Post has reported.
His attorney, Michael Palillo, said the teen's only crime was "being a young black man".
Mr Christian had saved his money from a part-time job at the college so he could buy the Salvatore Ferragamo belt at the Madison Avenue department store in April.
"As soon as he exited the luxury department store, undercover officers grabbed Christian and asked 'how a young black man such as himself could afford to purchase such an expensive belt', according to the suit, filed Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court," The Post reported.
"A Barneys clerk, who had asked Christian for identification when he bought the belt, called police claiming the purchase was a fraud.
"Plainclothes detectives hauled Christian off Fifth Avenue and into the local precinct.
"There, Christian produced his identification, his debit card ... and the receipt with his name on it."
Mr Christian was told his ID was false and that "he could not afford to make such an expensive purchase", The Post said.
The police eventually verified that he was the owner of the debit card and released him.
"Police sources said Christian has no arrest record," The Post said.
"Christian told The Post he returned the belt out of disgust over his treatment by the world-famous clothing store."
Mr Christian said he would never shop at Barneys again.