Ex-Versace Employee Claims Stores Use Secret Code To Announce Black Customers
If there was ever any evidence that respectability politics will not lead you to white heaven…
Well-to-do black folks (and some of y’all who just spend money you ain’t got) have been lining Versace’s pockets with money for YEARS, but according to TMZ, the retail stores that peddle Gianni’s fine fabrics may not be so keen on us.
A former employee reveals that when black customers walk into the store, the staff would use a secret code to announce his or her presence.
The man worked in a Bay Area store, and in a lawsuit says a manager told him about a store code called “D410,” which was used to casually let co-workers know a black person was present — as in, we got a D410 in menswear.
BTW … that’s the code for all black shirts in Versace stores … according to the suit.
The employee says he shocked the manager by responding, “You know that I’m African-American?”
After cracking the code, the employee says he was no longer given required breaks and was fired 2 weeks later. The reason for firing? He hadn’t “lived the luxury life”. Right.
It comes as no surprise that Versace denies being bigots.
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