A Middle Tennessee woman was out shopping for bargains when she was stopped by police and banned a Brentwood Home Depot store for life.
The store confused Felicia Frierson with a serial shoplifter who had allegedly stolen more than $15,000 in merchandise this year.
Last week, Frierson was buying Tide, Gain and light bulbs. The Brentwood Home Depot was one of the stops for the Maury County bargain hunter.
Frierson said when she left the store, she was followed by two Brentwood police officers.
“Home Depot called us because you keep coming up shoplifting from their store and we need to issue a no trespass warning,” Frierson said. “I have never been at that store.”
Frierson was given the warning informing her that the next time she showed up at the store, she would be arrested for trespassing.
She allowed police to search her purse and car. She then asked to see the manager, who identified her.
“It’s not me. This is the first time I’ve ever been to the store,” Frierson said.
For the past week, Frierson has been calling Brentwood police and Home Depot trying to get this off her record. She said she couldn’t get a straight answer.
“I am humiliated, embarrassed, sad,” she said. “My feelings are hurt.”
Channel 4 contacted Home Depot, who issued the following statement:
“We’ve investigated this incident and there appears to be considerable confusion, and we apologize. We never intended for anyone to issue a no-trespass.”
Brentwood police confirmed the no trespassing order has not and never will be filed. Frierson’s name has been cleared.
Frierson consulted with well-known attorney John M. L. Brown. She has not decided whether to pursue legal action.