Donnell Battie was in a South Jersey Walmart when he heard a public announcement that “All black people should leave the store.”
It didn’t come from a store employee; it was a teen shopper who picked up the PA intercom. The teen was prosecuted for bias intimidation.
Now, two years later, Battie has filed a $1 million lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., claiming the company failed to prevent teens from accessing the intercom of the store in Washington Township.
“Wal-Mart knew this kind of activity was happening in the past and they did little if anything … to stop it,” says Battie’s lawyer, John Klamo. Klamo says his client cannot put the matter behind him because he suffered trauma as a result of the incident.
Wal-Mart spokesman Greg Rossiter said in a statement that the company apologized for the incident at the time and updated its intercom system to prevent a reoccurence.