Amery, Wisconsin Store#6171 / service
I live very close to the Amery Dollar Tree. We shop there several times a week. After the experience my children and I had tonight, I am not sure if we will ever be back. I'l may contact an attorney to get legal advice on the matter. Our previous visit Kenneth was working and was very rude. He acted as if he was uspet that we came in, even though there was another hour until close. He stopped moping and stood there and watched us while we shopped. A couple other customers came in but he kept his focus on us. My children are not white, and it was then that I realized that he was actually racially profiling us! I decided to go back tonight in hopes that maybe I was over reacting. Upon entering, Kenneth again gave no greeting as we walked by and once again looked annoyed. I told my 10 and 9 year old that they could go ahead of me in the next isle and choose a treat before we left. The grabbed it and came back. Then my son wanted to trade his treat out For something he decided that he wanted more. I said ok and he went to go grab it as well as return his to where he had gotten it from. I was turning the corner into the isle my son's we're in when I heard the lady manager tell at them from by the registers. "Are you all going to buy all that, you need to put it back where it belongs?" Mind you my son had ONE item in his hand, that yes we were purchasing. I could not believe this;!!! I informed the manager that I'm not sure what she is referring to when she said all of that because they have one item in their hand. And she then replies " just checking?" What???? Just checking, oh so you were just ASSMING they have a bunch of things, or really that they are stealing?? Even if they did have several things in their hands, why would you tell them to put it back where it belongs?? Because again, your assuming that they are going to steal it, or they are unable to buy the item? There is not a doubt in my mind that this was racial profiling. I am white and I have never in my life experienced anything like that in my life, until I bring my non white children into this Dollar tree. My children knew exactly what was going on, and it crushed me to see the pain in their eyes knowing that these people who don't even know them, are judging them soley based on the color of their skin. I am absolutely infuriated right now because of the events that took place today. I will also contact the store manager and the district manager. Thanks for your time.