On September 28th, 2013 at approximately 10:40AM in the new south tucson DD's Discounts store I was refused access to the new store DD Discount on the grounds of my being disabled, receiving public assistance, and because of my religion.
This discrimination is carried out through the excuse that I was wearing a backpack. The the security girl just inside the front door said to me "I'm going to have ask you to remove your backpack". Because I do not shop at stores that treat innocent people like criminals when they did nothing wrong I simply walked out the front door as I refuse to give my backpack and the contents of my backpack, which is valued at approximately $500 to a store that would assume and automatically treat a person to be a criminal through profiling and stereotyping.
I am a disabled person who because I receive public assistance in the form of social security (I walked in the store with a walking cane as well) I cannot afford a vehicle. If I had a vehicle I would have had no backpack. Instead, I ride a bicycle and I happened to be on my way to the park to write in my book. Because of my disability my AC joints in my shoulders pop out quite frequently, so instead of carrying bags I wear a backpack to carry things in as it reduces the stress on my shoulders. It would be unsafe for me to leave my backpack next to my bike as it could easily be stolen or vandalized which is a realistic and high probability considering the fact that the city of Tucson leaves people homeless and desperate.
As a spiritual teacher it is a sin for me to comply with fear based requests such as asking me to remove my backpack out of fear of some kind of criminal activity when the store has absolutely no legitimate reason to assume I would commit any crime. This is a teaching of Jesus and as a follower of Jesus I cannot shop at DD Discount store because I am asked to something unethical.
Any store can make the excuse that they are trying to reduce shoplifting by denying people with backpacks in their store but that also discriminates against law abiding citizens such as myself, the poor who don't have a car to leave their person things in the car, and those who are on a spiritual path.
The resolve the issue I ask that the store make a public apology in the form of a giant sign the size of their biggest window in their store stating that they apologize for having discriminated against customers who wore pack backs and they those who wear backpacks are welcome in their store." Until this is done I recommend people boycott the store as by definition of a divine soul progressive path it is unethical to shop at a store that mistreats patrons.
What stores need to realize that what they do and what happens can be explained two different ways. They can say that they were preventing shoplifting but they are by doing that also discriminating heavily on the poor, people on public assistance, and religious/spiritual people. As Jesus taught, what happens is the truth, not what one wants to believe. That means that I was discriminated against because I don't worship money to make big money enough to own a car and pollute the world, that I chose to do what is my health's best interest by utilizing a backpack, and because I cannot support stores that operate unethically they are refusing to service people who are good, law abiding citizens. And quite frankly, people who go above and beyond "law abiding" and instead be a great citizen and contribute greatly to society vs. commit crimes. I thought in this country one is treated as an innocent until proven guilty, but DD's Discount believes in profiling and treating people as criminals, including people who are not criminals and have no criminal record such as myself.