Two young black men have been left bewildered after a store worker called the police on them – simply for asking if they could buy some cheese.
Rick Berry and his roommate Phillip Blackwell went on a late-night food run to a CVS in Richmond, Virginia, on Tuesday night, when they were profiled by staff working in the store.
Moments after the men spoke to a worker, the rest of the staff disappeared without a trace.
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Rick Berry (pictured) and his roommate Phillip Blackwell have been left bewildered after a store worker called the police on them – simply for asking if they could buy some cheese
Berry (right) and Blackwell (left) went on a late-night food run to a CVS in Richmond, Virginia, on Tuesday night, when they were profiled by staff working in the store
Berry and Blackwell, along with another customer in the store, were left to search for someone who could check them out with their cheese.
‘Sliced cheese, all I asked for was sliced cheese,’ Berry told WRIC.
‘We looked around for probably 30, 45 minutes and we couldn’t find anybody.’
They were then even more shocked when a police officer arrived about 30 minutes later.
‘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 told the network, before adding the officer started to help with the search.
‘He was laughing with us because, like, this is how weird, apocalyptic movies start,’ Berry said.
The men had police called on them when they visited a CVS Pharmacy in Richmond, Virginia (pictured)
A Snapchat video the friends filmed in the store showed the officer searching the store and trying to open locked doors to find the vanished workers.
However, the night then took a turn for the worse for the roommates, when the cop received a call and was ordered to kick them out of the store – after workers claimed they were ‘scared’ of the duo.
‘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 (left) and Blackwell (right) said the police were called on them after they asked if they could buy cheese
A police officer arrived and helped the men search for the store’s workers. Pictured is the cop trying to open a locked door
‘We had no idea what was going on.’
Despite being kicked out by the cop, Berry only had good words to say about the officer, describing him as ‘nice’ throughout the ordeal.
A CVS spokesman apologized in a statement given to WRIC, and said the store member responsible will be given additional training.