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Experiencing Discrimination
  Subject: I am a Disabled Vietnam War Vet Experiencing Discrimination in Day-to-Day Life

From: DONALD SMALLZE

I am a disabled Vietnam War veteran with major nerve damage which causes me to visibly shake all the time.
Throughout the years, my condition has progressed from bad to worse, with no hope for improvement.
I am dealing with my situation, but what I cannot deal with is the treatment I receive (and have been receiving) from the public.
For example:
I used to frequent our neighborhood Acme until the day I was approached, and accused, of shoplifting due to my shaking (which the management said was the reason for the accusation; that I appeared nervous and "up to something"; ergo, the accusation).
The manager said they had me on video (which they did not) and I insisted the police be called (the manager did not want to make the call, but the call was made).
When the police arrived, they were shocked at the shoplifting accusation and they vouched for my character.
The police know me from my community charity work and the matter was dropped for the time being.
A few days later, Acme contacted my attorney to see if I would sign papers to prevent the incident from appearing in the "Police Briefs" section of our local paper and to see if I was contemplating a lawsuit (which I was not), and to offer me a settlement.
I said I would get back to them and contacted my attorney.
After discussing the incident with my attorney, I decided I would sign the papers and take the money Acme offered.
A few months later, I was in a local Harley-Davidson dealership, in Eagle, PA, which I had frequented often, and where I was well known.
I was purchasing parts, and browsing at parts on the wall next to the cash register, when I heard the girl behind the counter get a phone call from the manager asking if I was behind the counter because they thought I might be attempting to shoplift.
I purchased my items, and told the salesgirl I would never enter the store again.

These are just two incidents of discrimination that I have experienced in my day-to-day living.
I could continue, but it's just more of the same.
I am more than fed up with this treatment and I am curious as to what, if any, recourse or action I should take whenever these incidents occur.
What are my rights?

You can contact me at:
elliemayormaynot2002@yahoo.com

Thank you,


Donald Smallze





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