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Man blocked from store because of Down syndrome

ELECTRONICS retailer JB HiFi is investigating claims a security guard at one of its Brisbane stores did not allow a customer to enter the store based on the fact he had Down syndrome. 

The young man's sister Victoria Milne took to Facebook to draw attention to the discrimination. 

When Victoria and James (who has Down syndrome) and their father walked into the Mt Ommaney store, a security guard immediately stepped in front of James and said he could not go in. 

"My dad, confused, asked "Why not?" and the security guard said that he had my brother's photo and he wasn't allowed in.

"The security guard goes through his phone to find a photo of the young man that they think is my brother.

"When my dad and the manager are shown a photo of a white male who also had Down's syndrome, my dad says it's clearly not James, who has olive skin, and the manager replied "well they look the same"."

The manager then allegedly still refused entry to James. 

"I have never been so disgusted and mad in my life," Victoria wrote on Facebook yesterday. 

I have never been so disgusted and mad in my life. Today at JB HiFi Mt Ommaney, when my dad and my brother (who has Down...

Posted by Victoria Milne on Monday, September 21, 2015

 

Victoria's post has had more than 74,000 Likes on Facebook and 48,000 shares.   

JB HiFi has since apologised and says it will investigate the accusations.

JB Hi-Fi apologises for any distress caused to James and his family.We take feedback from our customers very seriously....

Posted by JB Hi-Fi on Monday, September 21, 2015

Topics:  discrimination down syndrome editors picks jb hifi


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