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Two More People Claim That They Were Racially Profiled At Macy's Stores In City

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Macy's is facing more controversy, as two more women are claiming that they were racially profiled at stores in the city.

One incident involved Venezuelan tourist Maria Paez and her son, who were visiting Macy's on 34th Street this past September.

Paez says she was shopping when security pulled her aside and put her in a holding cell, and kept her from contacting her son or husband.

She says that staffers made her sign a theft confession and pay a fee.

She was later arrested.

"They just keep telling me, 'Sign, sign! If you don't sign, you will be here all this time until night,'" she said through an interpreter.

"You have no rights, and once you're in their control, they can hold you and get you to confess and pay a fee just if they want to," said Herb Subin, an attorney for racial profiling victims.

The other incident occurred last year when Maritza Hernandez was shopping at a Brooklyn Macy's.

Hernandez says that she was also dragged into a cell, eventually signing a confession and paying $200 for her release.

"I said, 'Yes, I'm going to sign, simply because I need to see my fosters, and you're not allowing me to see my fosters to be picked up in school," she said. "'So yes, I'm going to sign it just to walk out of this place.'"

A Macy's spokesperson declined to comment specifically about either case, but said that the company does not tolerate discrimination of any kind.

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