Staples manager fired after accusing pregnant woman of shoplifting

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PINEVILLE, N.C. — Staples said in a statement Monday it had fired the manager who assumed an expecting mother had shoplifted at its store in Pineville, according to WSOC.

Shirell Bates said a police officer asked her if she was shoplifting while she was checking out of the store.

“Mid-transaction, a police officer approached me and insisted he wanted to speak with me,” Bates said to WSOC. “He asked what was under my shirt.”

“Initially, I thought he was joking, so my response was, ‘Twins,’” Bates said. “I’m 34 weeks with twins. I’m having a boy and a girl.”

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