(Christopher Robbins) Another black Barneys customer has come forward with a story of harassment and intimidation for merely patronizing the store. 21-year-old Kayla Phillips told the Daily News that she bought a $2,500 Céline handbag (tax included) from the Madison Avenue flagship store in February and was confronted by a cadre of police at the subway turnstile as she tried to go home. “There were three men and a woman,” Phillips said. “Two of them attacked me and pushed me against a wall, and the other two appeared in front of me, blocking the turnstile. They were very rough."
NYPD sources confirmed to the News that the department sometimes deploys undercover officers in and around Barneys because credit card fraud is common. This year 53 instances of credit card fraud have been reported, resulting in 47 arrests.
Unlike Trayon Christian, who was handcuffed and held at the precinct after he bought a $350 Ferragamo belt this spring, Phillips wasn't detained by police.
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