‘Another bad day for a black man’: Shopper says he was profiled at The Bay

"It was racial profiling at the highest level and I don't deserve that," said Michael Bryan of being detained by Bay security guards in Montreal.

‘Another bad day for a black man’: Shopper says he was profiled at The Bay

“It was racial profiling at the highest level and I don’t deserve that,” said Michael Bryan of being detained by Bay security guards in Montreal. PIERRE OBENDRAUF / MONTREAL GAZETTE

A Montreal man is accusing The Bay of racial profiling after being detained and interrogated for two hours inside the store on suspicion of credit-card fraud.

Michael Bryan, 52, was doing some Sunday shopping downtown with a friend on Sept. 16 when he decided to look for a watch at The Bay. After about half an hour of browsing, he was approached by a salesman asking if he wanted to apply for a Hudson’s Bay Company credit card, which would entitle him to a 15 per cent discount.

Bryan says he agreed, and handed over his driver’s license as identification. That’s when things went south.

According to Bryan’s friend, Kris Gupta, the salesman went to get approval from the floor manager. But after glancing sideways at the two men and holding up the driver’s license, she called security, Gupta said.

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