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Macy's Must Stop Detaining Alleged Shoplifters, Forcing Confessions

The store is accused of locking shoppers up for hours, charging them to be released

(Newser) - A judge in New York ruled this week that Macy's has to stop detaining shoplifting suspects for hours on end, getting them to sign confessions without due process, and forcing them to pay money in order to be released, the New York Daily News reports. In his ruling, the... More »

Reeling From Dismal Holidays, Macy's Slashes 4.8K Jobs

It's been a rough road for Macy's as online shopping takes over

(Newser) - Macy's is slashing jobs, a harbinger of hard times for retailers after a holiday season that saw a noticeable shift to online shopping and away from physical stores. The nation's largest department-store chain, which also operates Bloomingdale's, said late Wednesday it's cutting up to 4,800... More »

5 Websites Where We Spent the Most on Black Friday

Amazon takes the cake with a 35.7% share of spending

(Newser) - Black Friday sales were up 7% this year over 2014 while Thanksgiving Day sales jumped 16%, according to Slice Intelligence 's analysis of online sales data. Not only that, but the weeks leading up to the biggest shopping day of the year saw a 14% boost with many sales... More »

Macy's Continues the Trump Dump

Department store is pulling all Trump-branded merchandise from its shelves

(Newser) - Donald Trump's terrible , horrible , no good , very bad couple of weeks just got worse: Macy's is pulling all Trump-branded merch from its stores due to derogatory remarks the mogul made about Latinos during his June 16 presidential campaign kickoff, reports CNN . Per a Macy's statement this morning:... More »

Cops Bust Pa. Teen in Triple Mall Shooting

One man was targeted, 2 bystanders hit

(Newser) - Three people were hospitalized today with gunshot wounds after a 17-year-old male opened fire on a man at a Pittsburgh-area mall, police said, striking his intended target as well as two bystanders. The Monroeville Mall went on lockdown last evening after gunfire erupted inside Macy's at about 7:30pm,... More »

Naked 'Orcas' to Protest SeaWorld at Macy's Parade

Activists wearing only body paint will squeeze into bathtub

(Newser) - Next Thursday is a day to give thanks for family, life's blessings, and the fact that we're not shivering naked at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. But PETA activists are doing just that in protest of the SeaWorld float by sporting only black-and-white body paint to resemble... More »

Actor, Macy's Settle Racial Profiling Lawsuit

Robert Brown settles, but no terms disclosed

(Newser) - One of the people who says he experienced racial profiling at Macy's just so happens to be an actor—and his lawsuit against the company, which made headlines last summer, has now been settled. Robert Brown, who appeared on HBO's Treme, said he bought a $1,300 watch... More »

Black Santa at Macy's? Yep, But Hard to Find

Blogger Amy Nelson somehow tracked him down

(Newser) - Megyn Kelly may never find him, but there's a black Santa Claus tucked deep in the heart of Macy's. What's interesting is just how deep. Blogging on Animal New York , Amy Nelson entered the Santaland exhibit of the 34th Street Macy's, where she saw "traditional... More »

Shopping 'Bill of Rights' Targets Racial Profiling

Rev. Al Sharpton unveils plan in New York City

(Newser) - A bill of rights for black shoppers? New York retailers agree it's worth trying. Pressured by Al Sharpton and civil rights activists, and facing a slow start to the holiday shopping season, big clothing stores in New York City have approved a "Customers' Bill of Rights," the... More »

Macy's Parade Woe: Uproar Over SeaWorld Float

But Macy's isn't budging

(Newser) - What with the considerable hoopla surrounding Blackfish, the recent documentary about the SeaWorld whale that killed a trainer in 2010, perhaps this was not the best year for SeaWorld to decide to have its first-ever float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Animal activists including PETA are protesting the... More »

New York Investigates Macy's, Barneys on Profiling

State attorney general's office has 4 complaints from black shoppers

(Newser) - Macy's and Barneys must provide New York state's attorney general with their polices about questioning and detaining black customers, reports the Daily News . AG Eric Schneiderman launched an investigation after receiving four complaints from black shoppers who said they got harassed for the sin of buying luxury items.... More »

Trump to 'Dump Trump' Organizer: Stop or I'll Sue

But Angelo Carusone isn't backing down

(Newser) - Lawsuit-happy Donald Trump is threatening to sue again: This time he's upset with Angelo Carusone, the brains behind a petition urging Macy's to "Dump Trump." Trump's attorney sent Carusone a cease and desist letter threatening to sue for "not less than" $25 million... More »

Gunman Kills 2 in Oregon Mall

Cops: Portland suspect shot himself

(Newser) - A man wielding an AR-15 rifle opened fire at a Portland-area mall tonight, and police say three people are dead, including the gunman, reports the AP . Police say the gunman, who has not been identified, killed himself. The man was wearing camouflage and a mask, and according to the Oregonian... More »

465K Sign 'Dump Trump' Plea to Macy's

Petition hits mogul on sexism, birther conspiracy

(Newser) - This time, Donald Trump's not the one saying, "You're fired." As of this morning, some 465,000 people have signed a petition calling on Macy's to rid itself of Trump as a celebrity spokesman. The petition, at, slams Trump for "sexist behavior"... More »

Macy's Worker Bars Transgender Shopper From Changing Room

Says she was fired over incident

(Newser) - An employee at a Texas Macy's says she was let go after she told a transgender shopper she couldn't use the women's changing area. Natalie Johnson noticed a teen she thought was male shopping for women's clothing. When the customer headed to the women's dressing... More »

Stores Turn Black Friday Into Black Midnight

Target, Macy's kicking off holiday shopping season earlier than ever

(Newser) - This year's Black Friday probably won't be the most lucrative for big American retailers—but for some, it will be the longest. For the first time, Macy's and Target are planning to open their doors and kick off the holiday shopping season at midnight on Thanksgiving night,... More »

Herald Runs Ad Praising NBA Champs: Miami Heat!

Unfortunately, the team lost the NBA finals to the Dallas Mavericks

(Newser) - At least Miami Heat fans have one positive newspaper clipping for the scrapbook. The morning after the Heat lost the NBA finals to the Dallas Mavericks, the Miami Herald mistakenly ran a nearly full-page Macy's ad congratulating the Heat on its "win" and offering championship T-shirts and hats.... More »

Reds' Leake Busted Shoplifting

Six Macy's T-shirts were worth $60, cops say

(Newser) - Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake will make $425,000 this year, but he was apparently short the $59.95 for six American Rag T-shirts that cops say he lifted at a Macy's today. Leake's arrest report says the 23-year-old removed price tags from the shirts and tried to... More »

Macy's Santa Claus Canned for Naughty Joke

Union Square Santa was legendary in San Francisco, had gig for 20 years

(Newser) - John Toomey has been telling the same mischievous joke to his adult visitors for the 20 years he's been playing Santa Claus at a San Francisco Macy's—but this year, it got him fired. "When I ask the older people who sit on my lap if they've been good... More »

Madonna's Fashion Line 'Underwhelming'

Material Girl line should have been more '80s, says stylist

(Newser) - Madonna’s fashion line, co-designed by her daughter , debuts today—and one celebrity stylist is not impressed. “There are some good pieces but it's a bit one-note,” says Phillip Bloch, who was “underwhelmed” by the Material Girl designs. “I'm surprised Madonna's collection is not more Madonna,... More »

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