Forest Whitaker found himself in an awkward situation over the weekend. While on his way to work, the Oscar winner stopped in the Milano Market on New York City’s Upper West Side to buy some yogurt. However, he didn’t find the flavor he wanted because these delis are always stocking the bullshit flavors nobody wants to eat willfully. Seriously, what the hell is a guanabana?
Anyway, Whitaker didn’t find his preferred yogurt so opted to leave the store. At this point, the store clerk accused him of shoplifting and asked him to submit to a frisking. The actor complied but was, according to his publicist, “troubled” by this action. When the clerk discovered he’d accused an innocent man of stealing, he apologized profusely and offered free food in exchange for not calling the cops. Solid plan, deli bro.
Whitaker’s publicist issued the following statement to the the New York Daily News, “”This was an upsetting incident given the fact that Forest did nothing more than walk into the deli. Forest asked that, in the future, the store change their behavior and treat the public in a fair and just manner.”
The deli maintains that the accusations of their employee were not racially-motivated and have apologized sincerely, but I think we all learned a real lesson here. That lesson is that right now is the perfect time to shoplift from Milano Market.