Scottsdale man gets apology after being kicked out of bookstore

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by Steve Bodinet

azfamily.com

Posted on June 4, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 4 at 6:59 PM

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A Scottsdale man said he was shopping for books to give to his grandchildren when he was kicked out of Barnes & Noble bookstore last month.

Omar Amin said he was sitting on the floor and talking on his phone last month in the children's section of the store near Shea Blvd. and the Loop 101 when a manager told him he had to leave.

When Amin asked why, he claims he was told he had made a woman customer nervous because he was there without children.

Amin was outraged and believes he is a victim of gender discrimination.

"This is an insult to all men not just to me," said Amin. "I left the store I was upset like hell because I've been so insulted and humiliated in public for the charge of being a man."

Mark Bottini, Barnes & Noble vice president and director of stores, issued this statement:

"We want to apologize to Dr. Amin for a situation in which Dr. Amin was asked to leave the children's section of our Scottsdale, Arizona store. We should not have done so. It is not our policy to ask customers to leave any section of our stores without justification."

Amin is not satisfied with that statement.

"The person who did the insult has to apologize to me in person, in public, in the store and on camera," Amin stated.

Amin said he isn't looking for money from Barnes & Noble, but if he doesn't get that personal apology he will take the company to court.

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