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Conways Highly Offensive Store Policy

Conways is a chain of discount clothing stores that is popular in New York City.

I learned about the chain when some of my people came up to visit from Jamaica a few years ago. Apparently, the tale of the their deep discounts traveled down the east coast, over the Caribbean sea and over to people living in Kingston. Although the quality of their clothes is not the best, their prices are very attractive to people with long shopping lists and who need their dollars to stretch really far. I am saying all of that to say that the store is frequented by a very specific demographic of people. The stores, from what I have seen, are also always located in a neighborhood with people from that specific demographic.

I’ve been to the stores in Queens, Bronx and New Haven and I briefly remember that they had some kind of  loss prevention policy  which required customers to leave any large bags that they were carrying at the door. This, however, was something different. I find this highly offensive and is the reason that I am putting this store on blast.


There is a little thing called probable cause, right? (disclosure: I am not an attorney) According to Wikipedia: “In United States criminal lawprobable cause (also referred to as reasonable cause) is the standard by which an officer or agent of the law has the grounds to obtain a warrant for, or as an exception to the warrant requirements for, making an arrest or conducting a personal or property search, etc. when criminal charges are being considered… This term comes from the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution:”

So according to what she wrote, and the definition above, Conway’s probable cause to conduct this search is based on… the fact that she is part of the demographic that usually shops at this store?  I think you know where I am going with this. As I mentioned above, I am not an attorney and therefore I don’t have the legal qualifications to offer any advice. I wouldn’t even know what advice I could offer except if anyone approaches you with any crap like this upon ENTRY into a store, wheel 180 degrees, walk out of that door and NEVER return.

Dem too bright and out of orda with their generalization!

XoXo, Natasha

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  1. I have been to Conways in the Bronx on Fordham road and 3rd avenue. I’ve also visited one in manhattan. What Neti wrote is true, the ne in Manhattan doesnt ask you to leave anything at the door. However, A LOT of the stores in the Bronx on Fordham road and 3rd avenue ask people to leave their shopping bags at the door. I guess since i grew up in the Bronx I never gave that a second thought since that’s something I was used to. With the prices being SO LOW at these stores, I think it’s really insulting to insinuate that customers in the Bronx will have to steal from the stores and its very true that Walmart doesnt do that. Security at the door is good enough. Great post Natasha.

  2. Totally. . .why shop where you are not wanted! I have been to a Conway’s in Manhattan years ago and I was not asked to leave my handbag at the door or permission to search. Guess… the demographic on 34th St. is very different from Jamaica Ave in Queens!
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