Two Richmond roommates were in for a nasty surprise as they made an impromptu visit to a grocery store to buy cheese.
Ricky Berry and Philip Blackwell went into a CVS pharmacy in Carytown, Virginia, and asked the store clerk if they sold sliced cheese. The worker replied they didn’t. However, just a few minutes later, the employee, as well as all the other staff members in the shop disappeared, leaving the two roommates alone with just one another customer.
Berry said they looked for the staff for more than 30 minutes but couldn’t find anyone. The third customer, who was in search of some toothache medicine, was just as confused as the two, when a police officer walked into the shop.
“We were walking around trying to find an employee, and the cop himself ended up opening up the emergency door, which set the alarm off,” Berry explained. “A couple of minutes later, he got the call from the alarm company asking what was going on.”
They told him what happened and they started looking for the missing workers, whom they eventually found hiding in a locked room at the back of the store.
The officer, who was at first quite genial, made a few phone calls and then suddenly told the customers to leave.
Apparently, they were being thrown out of the store because the workers “were scared of us and hiding,” said Berry, who flabbergasted by the bizarre turn of incident.
“He just told us that we need to leave premises or else we would be arrested for trespassing and that flipped the script on all of us,” Berry told 8News Reporter Jonathan Costen. “We had no idea what was going on.”
It’s pretty strange that the workers suddenly felt the two black men were a threat to them without any apparent cause. However, the two men do not hold a grudge against the officer, who was polite and only doing his duty.
Attempts to call the store manager multiple times were in vain.
A CVS spokesperson later apologized to the men and said the employee who called the worker would be questioned and possibly retrained.