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A woman’s Facebook post about an Australian store’s behavior towards her brother, who was born with Down Syndrome, is quickly going viral. Victoria Milne, from Brisbane, wrote about the treatment received by her father and brother in JB HiFi, a home entertainment retailer. The security guard of the store refused to allow Milne’s brother James into the premises, believing him to be a banned customer – a white male, also with Down’s Syndrome.
Despite James’ physical differences from the man in the photo held by the security guard, the store manager allegedly backed up his actions in refusing James entry.
Milne writes that, “Mum called up the manager of the store, demanding that he apologize to her son, to which he replied that “he would never, ever, ever get an apology” from him and that he had “the right to stop anyone he pleased from entering the store”.
As news of the story spreads, supporters of Milne and her family are taking to social media to ask for changes to be made towards people’s actions towards the disabled. JB HiFi have since issued a statement of apology.
Milne’s post has been shared 64,017 times at the time of writing.
Read JB HiFi’s statement of apology on the next page.
JB HI-FI STATEMENT pic.twitter.com/ZMvmXuI4v8
— JB Hi-Fi (@JBHiFi) September 22, 2015
— Julius Flywheel (@JuliusFlywheel) September 22, 2015
PLEASE SHARE! Disgusting behaviour from JB HiFi. This is Bullying…. https://t.co/yOWoj1H9Jq
— Jordan Jansen (@JordanJansen) September 21, 2015
I can’t believe that one of my favourite music stores would hire someone like this. This account was told by Victoria Milne. — “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’s syndrome) entered the store the security guard immediately stepped in front of my brother and said that he wasn’t allowed in the store. My dad, confused, asked “Why not?” and the security guard said that he had my brother’s photo and he wasn’t allowed in. My dad asked to see the manager and while he is being called, 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”. Despite the evidence that my brother had been mistaken for another young man, the manager still refused to let him in. By this stage James, the sweetest boy who is still in love with The Wiggles and Ben 10, was visibly upset at what was happening and my dad took him home. Mum called up the manager of the store, demanding that he apologize to her son, to which he replied that “he would never, ever, ever get an apology” from him and that he had “the right to stop anyone he pleased from entering the store”. Please, if you are also disgusted by the discrimination shown to James, share this and take a stand against bullying and ignorance. #jbhifi #mtommaneyshoppingcentre #saynotobullying #disgraceful #standup A photo posted by Andreas (@elmscreative) on
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