$ 44 million for a mistake: in Ohio the shop proved a false accusation of racism
In Ohio, the local Gibson's store was awarded $ 44 million in compensation for a false charge of racism.
In November 2016, three black students from Oberlin College entered Gibson's, where several bottles of wine were stolen. When David Gibson tried to stop them, the students said he was attacked.
After that, they stated that the store owners had fooled them because of their race. Members of the student senate of the Oberlin College published a resolution calling the store “a racist institution with a long history of racial profiling and discrimination.” Because of this, the college organized a boycott of the store, which included protests involving hundreds of students.
In November 2017, the Gibsons filed a lawsuit against the college. They accused the faculty of encouraging protests and also pointed out that the boycott had brought their businesses to decline. The three students later pleaded guilty to misconduct, and also stated that there was no racial bias in the Gibsons' actions.
In court, Gibson’s lawyers said that the college, which has a fund of $ 887 million, can easily pay this amount to the family. College spokesman Scott Vargo declined to comment on the decision.
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