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Oberlin College has to pay a family-owned bakery $36 million after they said they were “racist.”
Oberlin College said last Thursday that it would pay $36.59 million to a bakery that said it had been defamed and accused of racism after their worker caught a Black student shoplifting.
The school tried to appeal the judgment. In August, an Ohio Supreme Court ruled that it wouldn’t take up the school’s appeal.
The college said in a statement:
We are disappointed by the Court’s decision. However, this does not diminish our respect for the law and the integrity of our legal system.
The incident started when a student tried to buy a bottle of wine with a fake ID, but was hiding two more bottles under his coat.
A son and grandson of the owner, Allyn Gibson, chased the student out into the street where two of his other friends were. The students later pleaded guilty to several charges.
NBC News reported:
The case stems from the arrests of students Jonathan Aladin, Cecelia Whettston, and Endia J. Lawrence on Nov. 9, 2016.
According to a 2017 defamation lawsuit that Gibson’s Bakery filed against the school, Aladin tried to “steal wine or otherwise illegally obtain wine” with fake identification. The bakery has a small section that sells wines and beer, according to Rolling Stone.