Macy's shopper cleared of arrest she said wrongful

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Associated Press

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 31 at 7:00 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A defense lawyer says a Venezuelan tourist has been acquitted of shoplifting at Macy's in one of several cases of shoppers saying they were wrongly accused of stealing at major New York City stores.

Attorney Daniel Hochheiser (HAHK'-heye-sehr) says a judge cleared Maria Paez (PEYE'-ehz) on Monday.

Court records weren't immediately available Monday evening. Manhattan district attorney's office representatives had no immediate information.

Paez says she was stopped after putting items in a Macy's bag to carry them around the flagship store Sept. 12. She says she was targeted because she spoke Spanish and had words with an impolite fitting-room attendant.

Macy's has no immediate comment.

Several black shoppers alleged last fall they were racially profiled at Macy's and other stores. Some created a customer bill of rights.

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