Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The LA Times reports that 73-year-old Dr. Amin, the director of a Scottsdale medical clinic, was looking for gifts for his two grandsons in an Arizona Barnes & Noble when he got a rude tap on the shoulder: It seems a female customer told store officials she was “uncomfortable” that a man was in the children’s section unaccompanied by any minor. Store employee Todd Voris told Amin to leave and escorted him out of the business. “He said that men alone are not supposed to be in the children's reading area by themselves,” says Amin. “I told him there were no signs, and then he said a woman complained.” When Amin asked if he could question the complaining shopper, the store declined. "The employee asked whether I’d heard about kids being molested in bookstores and I said I didn’t. Maybe I should have picked some strange kid to go to the store with me so they would leave me alone," says Amin. "I don’t know how that works.” Last week, Barnes & Noble issued a statement that it had "acted appropriately" in removing Amin from the children's section. Barnes & Noble has since issued this statement: "We want to apologize to Dr. Amin for a situation in which Dr. Amin was asked to leave the children's section of our Scottsdale, Arizona store. We should not have done so. It is not our policy to ask customers to leave any section of our stores without justification.""
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
saftey deserve neither liberty not saftey."
-- Benjamin Franklin, 1759